Religion is one of the instruments that help to bring transformation in the life of human society. It shapes people in terms of thinking and belief and to have a perspective about this world and expectations of after life in this world. Thus, it makes life to be interesting in certain manner. It gives method and approach towards existence on the earth and offers views regarding the look people have in terms of their own reality and about the cosmos as well.
It has both positive and negative impact in the life of every given individual, society and institutions as well. One of the good aspect of Religion is it transforms the life of every given individual in terms of perspective and manner as well. It advises everyone to behave in certain manner that could not put harm on others. This is very golden. The other aspect of religion in terms of societal lives, it puts certain standard and norm on how individuals interact within given domain so that order can be established within that given system of belief.
The institutions that are created as result of principles of religions are administrative machineries that channel certain guidance to reconcile and integrate the need of individuals and the community in every time. They put constitutions, policies, guidance and laws—consistent and inconsistent—with most intention of Protectionism, in which they tend to have survival of the fittest approach in order to maintain the balance of their system of belief, though they claim and address that they are mainly concerned to the poor and to the weak since they are the ones that join them most.
Administrative machineries of religions are tools that address and channel principles and visions of religion, which can be right and wrong, but they are not free from error. They all live with evolutionary process in which their maturity is governed out as result of interactions and communications they do with the environment both within and outside their domain. They are means by which needs and visions of their community can be addressed in relation to the founders of their religion.
Although they tell and advise other people to behave in good manner and have virtuous life; they are all concerned about matters related to the unknown, and they claim that they are vicegerent of God, and at the same time, they tell that the God they preach is unknowable. Even though it is very hard to discuss matters related to the unknown, since it is already agreed that it is unknowable, they all tell with confidence that they know the path to the unknown, which makes them formidable to trust and believe their finding and claims. This makes them tricky and could be misleading at times.
When such claims are there, such claims makes their system of beliefs and their communities in tricky mindset, and they all live with arguments and proofs that focus on the personalities of their respective authors of their religion, in which they all become promoters of individuals claim on behalf of God, whatever doctrine, philosophy or spirituality they manifest in their lives. All live to make the truth of founders of religion to be truthful and trusted.
Religion is a way of life, a collective worship by like-minded people and a social system which is created by the claims respective founders assert in which such founders do state that they assume personally declared authority and power in relation to the connection they have established with the power of divinity, the absolute power, which they call and know as God. Due to its unknowable nature and essence, God, misunderstanding and misinterpretation and misrepresentation of such given aspect is obvious and there is a vacuum and spaces which such limited knowledge of the absolute create, and few people have come up with their own imaginative and speculative understanding on the perception of such reality and many people belong, follow, think and believe in way such few people claim and dictate.
Whatever philosophical or ideological views people think and believe in, when people become religious, whoever they are, they have in most cases something in common which they share and practice and reflect in their given life as general characteristics in which one could find—based on one’s personal observation and personal experience in life—such behaviors and patterns of life as they share similar way of life, no matter variance and differences they have in their given claims they do, since they are religious, they share something in common, in terms of thinking and behaviors, personally and collectively too.
Consequently, such few people have come up with certain given social system which incorporate various people with diverse background and they try to deliver views in organized way so as to make their individual and collective worship, and process of life to focus on common and similar direction and pivot point. Hence, such given undertaking stays for longer periods and years and for centuries and ages, people follow one generation by generation since they like to be part and parcel of such process and they share their values, beliefs, thinking and other given aspects of their life.
Accordingly, based on one’s personal exposure of life, this observation is mostly reflected by adherents or the systems of administration. Administrators come with different kinds of rule and regulations with their given domain since they are responsible in administering and managing the affairs of what is going on within their given domain and such process and practice is mostly reflected in both the system and adherents in common as their given style, pattern and identity of the system of belief since such aspects do exist in such ways of life.
- Blame Others on their Failures
When their given adherents or followers shun way from the doctrine or domain which they respectively belong, even if they have found out that they have failures or something irregularities that make such people to be far way from such doctrine or domain, they assume that such people have failed due to their own given shortcoming than they accept their legitimate opinion or view they have in relation to the misadministration or corruption they have faced in that given group or domain. They prefer to justify the resignation of their members from their given domain, as if it is the faults and failures of such people than the maladministration or failures which they experience and have within their given undertakings.
- Ambition to be Perfectionist
It is good to desire for perfection but such given claim should be realistic and practical. They assume that they have faultless way or path to God and what they practice and adhere is absolute and perfect, but they sometimes think that life in this world is relative and subjective as they change from time to time in terms of their given administrative functions, structures and activities which they come due to the evolving human needs. Things change from time to time, they make certain changes in their administration and functioning and they claim such changes are reflections and manifestation of the perfectionist claim they do. Though it is very hard to be perfect while living in an imperfect world, being better than others in one aspect or getting some kind of progress from their yesteryear as they assume is way of manifesting their perfectionist claim. They forget, God stops becoming real God as it is knowable by others.
- Schism and Protectionism
Every religion has its own sects that is created out of certain deviations or misinterpretations or misunderstanding that come afterwards and hence, whatever few numbers or large numbers every sect contains, schism is the becoming nature and characteristics of every religion which arise in terms of understanding and interpretations of the claims every given form of religion and opposing and antagonistic understanding and interpretations of the claims every given religion do in translating its claims, doctrines and principles. Due to existence of such sects and factions created within any given domain, the idea of friend and enemy is mostly common in every group, and they focus more on the agenda of protectionism and they use various means to protect their given claim and every group focuses more on protectionist way of life than propagation though they try to propagate as means for their protectionism, and they spend their resources, time and energy to protect their given claim.
- Legalized Thinking
They feel and think that they are safe since they are living in accordance with the law of their given religious belief dictate and tell. The feeling of salvation and security is derived out of adhering to the laws of their given religious doctrines and laws. They adhere to rules and practice than they a first check the usefulness or dangers of what they practice as they give priority to obedience to rules and regulations than they prefer or identify the usefulness and harmfulness of what they are asked to do.
For example, they do not drink alcohol, smoke or take cigars or drugs since they are asked not to do so, than verifying the usefulness or danger of what they practice comes that comes later, in which they use for justifying to their given claim. They think that they are special, they could show off on other people who practice such things as if they are practicing something like the end of the world thing since they might not be aware that such simple practice s possible without following any religious doctrine which they assume that it is the sign of integrity of one’s life.
- Labeling or Categorization
They have cadres or few core people who promulgate and protect their given claims which they consider them as special or chosen ones in which such people are the ones who attend or represent them in all types of conferences on behalf of the system or society which they participate since they talk about what they know and they do not know, but they present their given claims in way presentable manner to others with the prime intention of convincing other people as per the nature and character of audience which they face. These people are the ones who invent all kinds of analogies, theories, philosophies, hypothesis that favor and merit their given claims and perspectives.
To the contrary, anyone who comes with different mindset, within and outside their give domain is subjected to certain kind of categorization and labeling to certain group of people which they do not even have a clue which they do not like and they put such people under suspicious eye since they assume that they are dangerous or difficult people to socialize and interact due to the fact they have different views and perceptions than what they think and they claim. Hence, they have different or negative eyes for such kinds of people who think in different way and perspective than theirs perspectives.
- Shifting or Deviations in Claims
They do not like or they hate all kinds of challenges which shake the fundamentals of their belief or thinking. They could have some irregularities in their given claims or in any kind of failed predictions or any given prophecies which they have already contained in their given books, as such kinds of issues are raised by others time and again, they hate such views and those who carry such views since such kinds or aspects do shake or put to questions the fundamentals of their give undertakings due to the fact they know they have failures, but they do not want to talk about such failures, but they shift their movement to different direction, by creating agenda or attention diverting claims and issues both within and outside their give domain. They change their jargons, perspectives and other processes which they undertake from time to time, and by doing so, they check the integrity of their given respective followers accordingly.
- Avoiding Questions or Investigations
They do not like individuals who question especially pin point their given failures and mistakes they commit in their given process of undertakings, since they think that such individuals who question lack faith and integrity in the practice and belief they commonly practice as they think that faith is the corner stone of the fundamentals of belief, but reason could poison such faith and do not agree with faith as questions arise time and again.
In this case, such individuals are seen with suspicious eyes and adherents of any given belief or domain are asked to refrain from having any kinds of contacts and interactions with such kinds of people of such types of inquisitive personality as they think that such kinds of personality is contagious and many people could be infected with such kind of inquisitive minds that put the fundamentals or the survival and existence of their belief system under threat or jeopardy. They claim, they try to be open-minded, but they still live with marginalized thinking and belief, in fact, they are closed for many things and they practice everything based on boundaries and limits they set.
- Apocalyptic Views of Life
They presume that there is only one way to God, which they only follow and practice, otherwise people cannot think and live outside the claim they do and think and believe. They think like a fish in the fish bowl since spiritual life which they claim can be gained while they practice rituals and doctrines of religion which they adhere and they in cases confuse being spiritual with being religious. They follow the teachings of their given books that have apocalyptic views of life in this world and they relate and connect any significant happening, especially strange happenings, with the apocalyptic perceptions and understanding which they are taught in their given religious dogmas.
- Paternalistic Attitudes Towards Answer
They think that fundamental questions in cases all questions humanity could raise in terms of the mysterious life, about metaphysical worlds and life, and other aspects of the human side and life are answered in their books. They have developed while answering paternalistic attitude towards the questions many people raise. When they are asked, questions which they do not even have answers, they prefer to have escaping mechanism such as mystery of God, miracles of God can do and other magical way of defending such challenging type questions that many people raise that cannot go in conformity with the rational mind, that seeks views that quench thirsts such people have since they ask questions based on what they see, observe, comprehend and understand on the objective plane of existence. And they do not have adequate answers that satisfy people quests but they prefer to question the integrity of the seeker, and close such chapter, by their own given remarks, we have limited understanding and we cannot perceive such and other many things.
- The God Dilemma and Paradox
They all claim that God is unknowable and cannot be reachable by anyone, but, in another aspect, they also claim that God can be known and reachable when people follow and practice the teachings of God taught in their given religious books as proclaimed by those personages which they think and believe that they are vicegerent of God. They all build mansions and beautiful buildings in order to accommodate such views and glorify their God, in way their perception, interpretations and understanding dictate and they try to deliver and portray the image of God as per the context of architectural and attractive building complexes which they construct in everywhere.
Every religion has its own God and they define God as per what they like and want than it should since such perception is mainly derived out of certain conventions any congregations agree and would like to come up and people follow such God in way their doctrine dictate. They give all kinds of names and attributes which they like and understand they define God as per the context of their given understanding and interpretation of such reality, which is till paradox to date and unresolved mystery in arriving at concrete knowledge of God. They all claim, God is unknowable that they share in common.