Religion

Staying Strong In Faith Despite Continued Progress

Since the beginning of time, humans believed and continue to believe in a supreme being that created, guides, and watches over us all the time. This knowledge eased our worries and gave us hope with each passing day. Your faith is actually what you believe deep within you. Religion is when you profess this faith and join a specific system of faith and worship. Some of the most popular and controversial religions in the world are Christianity and Islam. Throughout the ages, these religions fought for supremacy over the other and this struggle continues until today.

However, people’s priorities have significantly changed as our world progresses. Humans put more value now on material objects rather than on one’s spirituality. Fewer people go to church or even pray on their own. They often only remember to pray and ask for divine intervention in the face of difficult hurdles and problems in life. It is really that hard to stay strong in your faith when everyone around you is also engrossed in gaining material wealth rather than securing their place in heaven.

Critics of religious faith often like to compare it, unfavorably, to science. Science, they say, has cured polio and malaria, sent humans to the moon, created powerful computers and plumbed the secrets of distant stars and galaxies. Religion has done none of these things.

However, this is a profoundly misguided argument. For one thing, it suggests that only such accomplishments as these have value. Most thinking people, though, would disagree. No sonnet has ever built a bridge. No symphony has ever cured a cancer. Acts of charitable self-sacrifice or selfless caring don’t solve problems in quantum physics. Are such things therefore useless? Very few people would say so: Sonnets and symphonies and kind deeds — and sculptures, paintings, walks in the woods and moments spent watching sunsets over the ocean — have unique and irreplaceable values of their own.

Moreover, the skeptics’ argument seemingly recognizes only fields where tangible progress can be demonstrated. But many important areas of human effort don’t move forward in obvious ways. In literature, for instance, it would be absurd to argue that Henry Morton Robinson’s “The Cardinal,” the best-selling American novel of 1950, is a greater book than Dante’s “Divine Comedy” simply because, at its publication, more than six centuries of literary “progress” had occurred since Dante’s death. Nineteenth-century chemistry textbooks are obsolete, of course, but the music of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven certainly isn’t.

(Via: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865681858/Science-progress-and-religion.html)

While we often think that progress often leads us into temptation, it is not always the case. It actually depends on the individual. Every one of us should be held liable for our actions. Stop blaming others for your shortcomings. Regardless of the many tech distractions today, you can still live the life that God has designed for you if you make an effort to do so. But still, it won’t be an easy thing to do and you will likely stumble and fall many times along the way.

Her trajectory of straying from religion in early adulthood is increasingly common among South Koreans, and is reflective of a national trend towards increasing secularism, particularly among young people.

Experts say that young South Koreans are too wrapped up in a demanding education system and job market to spend much time on religious activities.

In many South Korean cities, there are more churches than convenience stores. Around 20 percent of South Koreans identify as Protestant, the largest group in the country, followed by 15 percent who identify as Buddhists, and nearly eight percent as Catholics.

The abundance of churches is a legacy of how people turned to organised religion, mostly brought by US missionaries, for structure and guidance after the 1950-53 Korean War devastated the country and tore apart families. But according to Statistics Korea, a government body, the percentage of South Koreans identifying as having no religion rose from 47 percent in 2005 to 56 percent in 2015. This falling religiosity is especially pronounced among young adults: a poll the same year by Gallup Korea found 31 percent of South Koreans in their 20s identifying as religious, down from 46 percent 10 years earlier.

(Via: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/05/young-south-koreans-turning-religion-170524144746222.html)

Most progressive nations have growing bustling cities that are home to millions of people of all walks of life. This diversity encouraged the growth of the economy and the market is more than just thriving. Unfortunately, it meant that many people and things also compete for the people’s attention. When you walk the streets or even in malls, you’d lust for lots of material objects that actually mean little in your life but you can’t help but give in to, especially if you can afford to pay the price.

It is true that living a righteous life in today’s world is not for the faint-hearted. It takes a lot of commitment and faith in God for you to be able to overcome all temptations. While going to church each week is hard to do for some, praying on your own is something we can all do every single day. It won’t hurt to spare several minutes of your time to pray and reflect on your life so far. Talking to God brings us closer to Him and clears our mind from confusion. By maintaining this close relationship with Him, only then can we stay strong in our faith in our lifetime.

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