Shui Grand View is a philosophy defining 130 factors that affect who you are. This is the
twenty-third article in a series presenting all 130 factors. Please refer to the
first article for a complete introduction to this
series. Today we will discuss Religion.
For the most part, religion is a pre-defined cultural or belief system based on narratives of sacred histories. There are many different religions, each with its own worldview.
For those of you who are devoted to your religion, it may very well be the determining factor in your lifestyle, code of ethics, and philosophy of life, which affect the choices you make. If you are only mildly religious, or are liberal in your religious beliefs, you will possibly be more open to alternative views and choices as you seek solutions to life’s trials.
Every religion has their own deities, symbols, traditions, and rituals that guide you in your
practice and provide answers to life’s questions. These symbols and
practices affect how you see the world and relate to the people around you, informing your health, well-being, mentality, sexuality, decision-making, and social behavior. Religion can restrict the type of food you eat or define appropriate sexuality. For instance, some religions allow for polygamy, while other belief systems adhere to monogamy.
Your religion can also affect how you view death. There are religions that teach one heaven and one hell, religions that teach multiple levels of heaven and hell, and religions that teach reincarnation and multiple lifetimes.
As you can see, your religion can have a great impact on the way you live your life. It is important to examine your beliefs and ask yourself if your religion serves you in a way that allows you to grow, expand your knowledge of life, find the truth, and evolve as a person and a human being.