Religion Essays Samples
[...] From the dawn of human kind people have always believed in existence of the world beyond material perception. Early prehistoric people have started practicing religious ceremonies led by the shamans of the past. Ceremonies have been practiced for various reasons and the sacrifices or spiritual dances have been conducted to thank the spirits or gods for good game, successful victory or a plentiful harvest. As the civilization advanced people have gained more knowledge and the rituals and religious practices have begun to vanish. However some of the religious practices have received wide spread during the nineteenth century and were popular among Native Americans. Ghost Dance and peyote eating have rapidly spread among the western Indians by 1890. [...]
[...] According to a 1990 Census, over 800,000 Americans point to Japan as their nation of origin. The vast majority of these people are professing Buddhists. At the same time thousands of non-Asian North Americans have adopted Buddhism as their religion. Due in part to their inclusiveness and support of the interfaith movement, Buddhism has become very popular. Yet, many Christians are woefully uninformed as to what the Buddhists actually believe.
In the sixth century B.C., Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama. A biography of Siddhartha Gautama was not written during his lifetime and the earliest accounts of life were not recorded until some three hundred years after his death. Because there has been much debate by historians on where to draw the line between history and legend, the history probably contains much myth. However, this is the history is accepted by most Buddhists and forms a model for all Buddhists to live by. [...]
[...] "Strange things have taken place in our lives of late, events as unusual as those which brought forth the birth of your son and ours," this is the beginning of message from Joseph and Mary, the sign of the Lord's design to humankind redemption. John the Baptist is the forerunner of Messiah. Jesus himself said about John, "This is the one about whom it is written: 'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you. I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptistů" John the Baptist prepared the way for Christ, and as Jesus was to suffer for sins of people, so John the Baptist was to pay the dreadful price for preaching about the forthcoming healingly kingdom to the world of wicked people. As Jesus borne his cross, John had to undergo the evil treatment of the tyrant, the end of whose oppressive rule he proclaimed. In the damp cell of the tyrant's prison, completely forlorn, as he perceived, by the great power that sent him, John feels bitterness and frustration. The weakness of egoistic human nature shows in John's questions, disappointment and frustration. God's design could not be the one a human understands or approves, even if he is the greatest one born by a woman. Limitations of a human mind could not comprehend the Almighty ways, John's cutest pain comes not from a physical suffering of imprisonment, that is really nothing compared to hurt of faltering faith. Undoubtedly Edwards' central point lays in showing the source of human separation - the wicked self. [...]
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