What Is Religion For? Eternity

This series talks about the importance of religion in our lives and society.  Churches and religion are best known for dealing with questions of life, death and eternity.  Church ministers are trained to deal with most life and death cycle events.  A baby is born – it will be Baptized to clear away original sin – it is welcomed into church society.  A relative dies – preparations will be made to bury or cremate them – service is said for the family that remembers their active life.

Ministerial talks deal with human limitations, and transcendent capabilities.  Comfort and community is provided to those dealing with death and loss.  Support or empowerment is provided to those discovering their individual religion and social service.

* Church ministers tell us the story of how we started – it may be a parable – but it tells us what we think of ourselves from the beginning.  For example, the story of Adam and Eve tells us the first couple were too greedy to have what God had, that they lost everything.  They couldn’t be trusted, so God took away his love, and made them leave the abundant garden of Eden. Generally there is always a dialogue about who we are, and what we could be.

* Church ministers also talk about major life and death events.  When the September 11 attacks happened in 2001, many people were both quiet and angry that one group would target so many people, and a major landmark for death.  Church ministers and congregations did their best to heal the violence – help the victims – and keep peace as the main option.  Churches have always been a stabilizing influence for natural disasters.

* Church ministers and religion, in general, deal with what it means to be Infinite.  Jesus rose again to support the apostles in their teaching.  New thought teaches that we are only as abundant as we think or allow.  If we learn to be more abundant, we will live twice as abundantly overall.  Eternity is what heaven is supposed to be in its ideal state.  The angels sing – there are clouds forever – everyone has wings or special teaching skills.  In heaven, we want to be great, unlike we wanted to be here.  Churches and religion connect us to what eternity means, because they want to be there.

* In some churches death is a natural right of passage in the life of a person.  Families of the person are offered time to grieve, plan and re-organize their lives.  Churches offer services, community and a healthy perspective.

* Other churches think death is the start to a new life.  This is the belief in reincarnation.  A family member might reincarnate as the family dog for comfort and ease, or stay with another family member.  Many beings have other life engagements to make, and so they may die one place to get to another.

* In rare instances, death is the goal.  These religions are negative Cults in their own right.  These religions need to be abandoned, and reported to the legal authorities.

* The Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is one of the infinite God representations.  Buddha is the deity of his religion.

*  The ways in which Miracles are exercised are followed with great reverence.  For example, creation is told with great power in Genesis verses 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.  (reference: BibleGateway.com)

* The Second Coming of Christ is foretold in Catholicism’s Nicene Creed: “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.” (reference: Wikipedia.com)

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