Religious Beliefs through the Ages
Religion is not something which can be easily defined, as it crosses many unlike boundaries of human understanding such as nature, psychological, science, social, power, sacred, supernatural etc. There have been many different approaches in the attempt to interpret religion but its focuses are so broad that it can’t be defined in a sentence.
Religion came into existence when the human brain advanced and started to realize to have faith and worship the systems of the society. As humans lived in small groups/tribes regulations and systems were formed to maintain discipline in the group. All groups had their own ideologies that were obligatory to all group members.
It is in human nature to question “Why is that there, who made that?” There are things we observe throughout our life and then, there are things that happen which we can’t decipher. We wonder what made the universe, and still search for the same answers, as people back in time did. The earliest beliefs of these people were in conformity with their way of life, as was their scientific knowledge and their level of technology.
The initial scientific understandings of the people and their artefacts’ were no more advanced than their most primitive religious beliefs and practices. Neither were they more accurate. Though people still needed answers for these questions, so religions prospered with different ideas and believes of how the universe came to be. They began to develop and flourish when a group of people shared the same beliefs toward a particular spiritual being or a totem. They established their own way of living with the beliefs and set of values, their spiritual being/totem had followed.
Many of these religions, which developed over period, were given several names throughout history but some of the most known religions today are Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Muslim. All these religions follow different set of values and beliefs.