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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Why is the concept of religion and God so hard to understand?

This may sound so unrelated and so unexpected for me to bring up. But for all of you, when you dream, do you not ever dream the most outragous things which you would never believe in in real life, yet in your dream it appears fairly logical. Is this maybe the fact that you're not bound to earth-like things e.g time, gravity etc because of the fact that your body is at a state of rest.

So let me relate this to the afterlife. We can only undertand things in relation to the world we have been raised in. we grew up and live in a world with certain entities eg time, and when we hear of the afterlife, much of these boundaries do not exist, so to relate what we know and understand to something which we have never experienced is just illogical.

Anyone welcome to argue or agree, just don't be racist about it.

Update:

I'm not saying that dreams are exactly like one's belief in God and religion, but I'm using it as a sort of metaphor or the afterlife. Like Death is like a sort of neverending dream, but not that it actually is.

The point is, dreams are weird! But we can see them, but if some people didn't experience dreams, it doesn't mean they don't exist. And at the same time, they would experience things through what they know, and may find it unbelievable that one can experience such strange dreams which are nothing like real life.

But again, just because they haven't experienced it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Update 2:

I know religion and God aren't the same thing, and I didn't say they were. I'm just asking a question about why both are so hard to believe in.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The concept of religion and God is easy to understand except for all the annoying contradictions and not adhering to logic.

    The reason dreams are so simple, is because we cannot question them, our brain's are not partially awake(non-intended pun) or have that power to stop or control what's happening. Heck, dreams are inside the brain, its like an illusion.

    So then your second argument comes out to be that if we do not understand the afterlife, then why try to relate to it? Really, you just helped put up a point against your case! What is the reason, the logic of worship and devoting yourself to something which you do not even know to be true.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This is an analogy. It is also an ignus fatuus (literally!). Life exists, dreams exist and there is a (tenuous) relationship between them. You have not demonstr8ed the existence of any afterlife with any which amazing or wonderful relationship with our 'normal' life. Your argument is totally destroyed. I do think most of the respondents on here not only lack intellect, but also any natural shame or embarrassment as to make such fools of theirselves. If there is a god it is well beyond your comprehension and is not for peeps such as you. Game over- you lose!..Go Again??

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think more people struggle with the concept of religion than with the concept of God.

    Religion is concrete and belongs to, as you said, 'the world we have been raised in'. It's man made and therefore open to argument.

    The God concept is far more difficult to explain and warrants deep thought and consideration. However, some people just accept this God concept on a superficial level and this irks intelligent people.

    These concepts are not necessarily difficult to understand but rather, the idea that people follow them blindly is astounding.

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  • 1 decade ago

    So God is just a dream? Inherently unknowable? That's an agnostic viewpoint, and by your reasoning it doesn't mean God exists either. And since there is no connection to the knowable, then isn't it better to just live life without a God since there is no bearing on us?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is EASY to understand the "concept of religion" and the reason so many cling to it. But it's very, very hard for me to understand why so many people educated about the strange beliefs other people are brought up with (and still cling to) are able to continue believing their own silly stories while dismissing those of others.

    As an example, why is it more ludicrous to believe Jesus came to Michigan than to believe he was killed, put in a cave, and then was alive again a few days later?

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  • 1 decade ago

    I guess the answer to that question lies with the individual person. I think it's why it's so important for us to pray for everyone in the world who is a non-believer, so that the Holy Spirit may convict them, because, afterall, it is ONLY the Holy Spirit that can convert. We must be instruments of Him if we are to be of any effect.

    God bless.

    Source(s): I am Catholic.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Here is a better question.

    Why is it so difficult for humans to separate the concepts of God and religion?

    They aren't the same thing.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    death is like it was before you were born. what can there be to worry about. was it not pleasant. most like to leave something behind so plant a tree or anything that the future generations might need.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Trying to understand religion and God is like trying to nail Jello to the wall, it's all slippery and squishy and just slips away before you get a hold on it, all that's left is a gooey stain running down the wall that disappears into your rug.

    If there was no gravity the Jello would sit perfectly still on the wall perhaps just wobble a bit the way Jello does, but you'd know you were dreaming if it did that wouldn't you?

    Real versus the unreal, there's no connection at all, afterlife is meaningless to me.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Sadly, people are easily influenced by unbelief. It is much easier to refuse to believe and refuse responsibility for their on souls and eternity than to own faith.

    The Bible says there will be many with 'hardened hearts', so stubborn they will never believe.

    "Great is the way that leads to destruction and many who enter there in; but narrow is the gate (path) that leads to everlasting life with Jesus" (Not an exact quote, but it in essence).

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    Source(s): Christian
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