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September 14, 2010 / Man in the Mirror

Culture vs Religion

I personally have an issue over the word ‘culture’. I feel as a society we rely too much on the rules of culture and not on the rules of religion. Many times, when I talk to people, they confuse the terms and use them interchangeably. For me, the distinguish lies in the fact that culture is man-made and is open to loopholes and flaws; whereas religion consists of divine laws in which there are no room for mistakes.

Please don’t get me wrong…I am not one of those who turn up their nose at culture…at the same time I do find it hard to follow cultural rules that defy religion rules…and I find it even harder when everybody seems to be in agreement to continue to do so. When someone chooses to go against culture for religion, they feel pressured not to do so, because society condemns their choice and proclaims them as rebellious and modern. The same person may decide to follow those cultural rules that go against religion but no one stops them because he or she are following the herd.

Man-made legislation and systems are not unable to penetrate the human soul nor can they guarantee constructive relationships between the different societies and nations the same way spiritual manners do. Man-made laws, which are manifestations of human ideas, are not qualified to bring authentic happiness to mankind; this is because men have a limited thinking capacity.

Moreover, even if man knows the depth of the phenomenon surrounding him, he is always subjected to outside influences, which prevent him from accepting the truth.

Man-made laws, change with time and their surrounding conditions. In fact, the appearance of corruption and miseries are not but the result of the shortcomings of such laws.


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