Personal Religous Worldviews Essay
Worldviews grant the opportunity to interpret the facts. It gives a bias outlook using selected data and disregarding those facts that may distract from a particular view. Scholars in law, politics, economics, history and others, are each subject to their prevailing worldview. A worldview is religious in that its proponents are devoted adherents always adding substance to support their belief structure (Hyperhistory.net). Within the religious worldviews one must understand there are several different outlooks on the subject. For the case of this paper I will be referring to “Five Major Worldview Traditions”, then identifying my own personal worldview and relating mine with the others.
The individual Five Worldviews are unique in different aspects, they go as following:
a. The Pantheistic Traditions: All reality is ultimate of One Divine Essence (Five Major World Traditions). One who is a Pantheistic is an individual that may believe in Buddhism, Hinduism, Transcendentalism, Mysticism, New Thought.
b. The Polytheistic Tradition: Throughout the universe there are many levels with many different Gods. Somewhat of a more primitive/hippy way of belief. One that may support the polytheistic tradition may believe in Primal Religion, Hinduism, Taoism, Shamanism, Druidry, Wicca.
c. The Henotheistic Tradition: There is one great spirit that is a great entity. There are many Gods, but Ong High and Supreme God. Religions that follow this tradition include Judaism, Some Native American and Post-Modernists.
d. The Monotheistic Tradition: The one true God, the personal creator. Religions that befall this category are Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
e. The Atheistic Tradition: There is no God, for is there is, we cannot or do not know. Consequently people are free to develop one’s own personal and collective potential in this world without the aid of divine sponsorship. Religions that within this category include Agnosticism, Humanism, Existentialism, Romanticism and Rationalism (Five Major Traditions).
When reflecting of the religious worldviews, I would fall within the category that best matches that of the Atheistic tradition. There is no God, for if there is, we cannot or do not know. Consequently, we humans are free and responsible to develop our own personal and collective potential in this world without the aid of divine sponsorship (Five Major Traditions). In this religious culture “spirituality” means renewing the human moral sentiments such as sympathy, fairness, self-control and duty. Ideally, we dedicate our life to realizing our creative human potential; developing body, mind, heart and spirit while serving the good of the greater human community.
I personally did not grow up in a religious home. The terms “religion” or “God” were never mentioned and struggling to survive influenced my beliefs. If one particular God existed how could he let my siblings and myself suffer through so much abuse? Therefore, I opted out of the “Christianity” belief and decided this was indeed the moral belief that best suited me. I do not consider myself as someone still in process of determining my beliefs.
The Monotheistic tradition believes in only One True God, the infinite and personal creator whose perfect character is; love, holiness, righteousness, justice, mercy, kindness and compassion. In this religious culture “spirituality” means receiving the word of prophetic revelation and redemptive salvation (Five Major Traditions). It means responding to the grace and truth of God in faith and obedience, love and service. Ideally, we seek to love the Lord our God with our whole being and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
The difference in the Atheistic versus Monotheistic traditions are that the Atheistic do not worship or serve any God but instead serve the good of the greater human community. While the Monotheistic believe that there is only one true God our Lord; our personal Creator. The Atheistic culture believes in renewing the human spirit, unlike the monotheistic culture who believe in redemptive salvation. It means responding to the grace and truth of God in faith and obedience.
My religious beliefs do not impact my perceptions from any other religions. I believe in the Freedom of Religion. Wikipedia states, “Freedom of religion is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching practice, worship, and observance; the concept is generally recognized also to include the freedom to change religion or not to follow any religion” (Wikipedia, 2012). Every individual’s definition of religion is different, and each individual’s faith is different. Religion can be defined as a group of people who share beliefs who feel their life has purpose and meaning. This feeling or belief that their life has meaning can come from outside of themselves, as well as within.
Five Major World Traditions. (1999) Definitions of Terms. Retrieved on June 20, 2012 from http://www.xploreheartlinks.com/worldviews.htm Hyperhistory.net. (2009) Understanding Religious Worldviews . Retrieved on June 19, 2012 from :http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/essays/wview/w orldview.htm Wikipedia. (2012) Freedom of Religion. Retrieved on June 20, 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_religion