The Foundations of Religion

What is religion? If Christianity is the true way to worship God, why is it such a relatively new religion? What is the difference between religion and spirituality? And why do we need religious guidelines, anyway? Can't we just worship God however we feel led?

Day One: The Origin of Religion
From the earliest times, humans have looked around and above them and wondered about the world, the universe and the meaning of life. Unlike animals, humans have a built-in desire to understand how we got here, why we are here and what happens after we die...
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Day Two: Why are there so many religions?
The existence of so many religions and the claim that all religions lead to God without question confuses many who are earnestly seeking the truth about God, with the end result sometimes being that some despair of ever reaching the absolute truth on the subject...
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Day Three: Religion vs. Spirituality
Religion can be defined as "belief in God or gods to be worshipped, usually expressed in conduct and ritual" or "any specific system of belief, worship, etc., often involving a code of ethics." Spirituality can be defined as "the quality or fact of being spiritual, non-physical" or "predominantly spiritual character as shown in thought, life, etc.; spiritual tendency or tone"...
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Day Four: The Definition of a Cult
When people hear the word cult, they often think of a group that worships Satan, sacrifices animals, or takes part in evil, bizarre, and pagan rituals. However, in reality, a cult rarely involves such things. In fact, a cult, in the broadest sense of the word, is simply a religious system with particular rites and customs...
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Day Five: Going to Heaven According to Different Religions
There appear to be five major categories regarding how to get to heaven in the world's religions. Most believe that hard work and wisdom will lead to ultimate fulfillment, whether that is unity with god (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Baha'i) or freedom and independence (Scientology, Jainism). Others, like Unitarianism and Wicca, teach the afterlife is whatever you want it to be...
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Day Six: Which religion is correct?
There is no doubt that the number of different religions in the world makes it a challenge to know which one is correct. First, let's consider some thoughts on the overall subject and then look at how one might approach the topic in a manner that can actually get to a right conclusion about God...
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Published 10-8-15