"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?
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?
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