What is religion?

The typical dictionary definition of religion refers to a belief in, or the worship of, a god or gods  or the service and worship of God or the supernatural

The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief. Faith and believe are both side of the same coin but religion differs has a social aspect. Many religions have organized behaviors, a definition of what qualifies you to be a member, the congregations, services, meetings for the purpose of worship to God, pattern of prayers in holy places with scriptures.

In Africa the practice of religion includes commemoration of the activities of a god with pattern out speeches known as incantations with sacrifices, dances, trance, initiations, meditations sacrifices and festivals or the other aspect of the native culture. These have influenced the way an African practice of
Christianity is different from a British who does not beat the drums and dance during worship.

However, there are examples of religions for which some or many of these aspects of structure, belief, or practices are absent.

There are numerous definitions of religion and only a few are stated here. However, many writers and scholars have noted that this basic 'belief in god' definition fails to capture the diversity of religious thought and experience, the belief in spiritual beings exists in all known societies.


Destiny or fate is a predetermined course of events. It may be conceived as a predetermined future, whether in general or of an individual. It is a concept based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to existence. Destiny was just a manifestation of the Will to Live, which can be at the same time living fate and choice of overrunning the fate.


Although the words are used interchangeably in many cases, fate and destiny can be distinguished. Traditional usage defines fate as a power or agency that predetermines and orders the course of events. Fate defines events as ordered or "inevitable" and unavoidable Destiny is used with regard to the finality of events as they have worked themselves out; and that same sense of Destination, projected into the future to become the flow of events as they will work themselves out. In other words, fate relates to events of the future and present of an individual and in cases in literature unalterable, whereas destiny relates to the
probable future. Fate implies no choice, but with destiny the entity is participating in achieving an outcome that is directly related to itself. Participation happens willfully. It is a matter of choice.

Another question that must be answered is: Who are mine? Who are you? Who am I meant to be? Why am I behaving this way? Good questions? Why am I a man? Why am I a woman? When these questions are answered you would have answered the topic of this discussion. 


 Who you are transcends your physical and intellectual entity. You have no choice to how you are created (male or female) or where you are born. However your upbringing from birth, your environment, the kind of education you acquire, influences from friends and society, your exposure to music, books, the internet etc  and in addition your faith not necessarily religion actually determines who you are.


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    daddy, author, NELSON!!!

    whenever i'm faced with any difficult question from books, i turn to my father. he's never tired of writing or reading and i'm ashamed to say i'm still trying to match up to he and mom in their reading skills. coming to cyprus changed my life and to keep myself on check, i cultivated an habit of writing and receiving letters from my father. thank you so much daddy, i love you with all my heart. muahhhh


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