Religion and beliefs are two separate concepts in my eves. To me, religion is a study.. has been passed down throughout time to give hope when needed and set guidelines for an individuals life. Whereas beliefs are more of opening yourself to the universe and letting your heart and mind guide you. I personally do not find these two to be interchangeable. Religion is strict. Meaning Mere is no room for you to question or attempt to make up your mind. Belief on the other is constantly changing with bringing in more knowledge and experience. I grew up southern Baptist and let me tell you, it was very difficult being told that there is only one way to live and if you don’t accept this way, you will forever be damned. I also have a small vendetta against authority, so that might play a big part in my Mought process. Therefore, I stepped away from those teachings and began reading about all of the beliefs there are. I have found Buddhism to be very fascinated and most relatable to my life, but again I cannot follow one set of rules. I like to take everything in and choose how I want to approach the world. Sok as velvet and firm as steel.
Think about the concepts of religion and belief. What do each of these terms mean to you? Are they interchangeable or does each one mean something different? Discuss these concepts briefly, followed by a short discussion of the role they play in your life.