"an individual can survive without sexuality, a society can not"
"an individual can survive without religion, a society can not"
can an individual survive without society?
is religion an emmanation of society - or is there a God calling us to pray?
Can an individual survive without society? I'm not sure how this would be possible since even the influence of even a parent would be a society of sorts. Can we exist in the wild? Sure. But I simply can't imagine a modern scenario without some social influence.
Is religion of product of society? To some extent. God works through creation for all kinds of things and religion is certainly influenced greatly by societal trends.
Is God calling us to pray? I'm not sure this is related to the previous point, but my answer would remain: always.
it is true - any interaction between 2 of the same species is "society"
and it is also true- people and most mammals and birds can not survive without parents.
so I would concede - individuals can not survive without society
to my knowledge - there is no society without at least some form of rudimentary religion
I'll go one more and concede that hence - people cannot survive without religion.
God and religion are not mutually inclusive
Old testament refers to acknowledgment of the Gods of other "societies" by the Hebrews and vice-versa
was the Egyption Ra - just a different perception of the same presence as the Hebrew percpetion of Yaweh?
as the human race matures - so does our perception of God
the shift towards monotheism and non-physical perceptions of "God" was an example of maturation of the human perception of God.
the popularity of paganism in this modern world - seems evidence to me -
that not everyone is even physically capable of percieving God in a common way.
a society can collectivly define and proclaim a percpetion of the presence of God
a society can "create" a God to fit it's needs
but not all individuals will experience God as instructed.
some individuals - physically ,psychologocoly or spiritualy -can not
the boy with the club foot - will never win the race - no matter how hard his instructors work with him, because he physically can not run as fast as the boys without club feet.
so again - if God is always calling us to pray
is that so that God can hear our prayers and know that we percieve God-
or is it so that we can hear ourselves speak them?
We are all sinners . In this day in age, we do not want to deal with sin.
Does He want us to pray to Him? What do you think, if you created something as important as life would you not want a little respect, worship ect.
What came first, the chicken or the egg.
Most anyone who gives it a thought believes that life begins at the moment of conception. Does a women have domain over her own body? Well, no. God created it and He said "thou shalt not kill". They call them the ten commandments not the ten suggestions. But I digress
I'm not sure the God who gives us a brain would object to us thinking too much. Or praying too much for that matter, because good prayer requires good thinking.
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