The Bondage of Religion (4 of 10) by Wayne Coleman

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The Bondage of Religion (4 of 10)
Wayne Coleman

Religion: n. I. The service and adoration of God or a god as expressed in forms of worship. 2. One of the systems of faith and worship. 3. The profession or practice of religious beliefs; religious observances collectively; pl. rites. 4. Devotion or fidelity; conscientiousness. 5. An awareness or conviction of the existence of a supreme being, arousing reverence, love, gratitude, the will to obey and serve and the like; as man only is capable of religion. Are you a religious person? If the answer is yes, a positive image of you would be projected in most instances. To practice religion is considered a positive experience in most cultures.

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR SOMEONE TO QUALIFY AS RELIGIOUS BY YOUR STANDARDS?
Would someone who goes to church more often than the "Brill Cream Crowd" qualify. (The "Bri 11 Cream Crowd" is the little dab will do you bunch. They go to church every Easter, but never in between.) What about someone in a restaurant who prays a prayer of thanksgiving before eating. Maybe it's a fellow employee who brings his Bible to work and reads it during break time. It could be the person's title that gives the impression such as Reverend, Pastor, Father, Deacon, Elder or any other accepted religious title. Maybe it is one who gives large sums of money to religious projects.

When we meet someone that we have never met before, for the first few minutes we always go through a sparring match to try in some way to measure the quantity of this person. This is more true if we are anticipating more than just a one time casual meeting. If it is someone you are going to be working side by side with for instance, the sparring match will be much more intense than if it is someone with a friend of yours and you are just having a cup of coffee. In either case you will form some opinion based upon your first impression. How do you tell if the person is religious or not?

This of course would depend upon w ...


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