Effects Of Religion On Individual Morality
Morality is often determined by the behavior or general character of an individual such that individuals who have good behaviors are considered as being moral while those with unacceptable characters are referred to as immoral. Morality usually encompasses person’s cultural values, their code of conduct as well as the ethics in their activities. Personal as well as societal values which are maintained by certain people are quiet significant in identifying individuals having good morals or else they are lacking them. The ethical components of an individual being virtuous are determined by the extent to which they practice good morals especially in the ethics part of their day to day activities.
Religion on the other part is acknowledging a superhuman being that has great direct control over the life of such an individual. Religion involves strict adherence of a certain habit and way of life as well as commitment to a certain aspects of life which may be influential to the individual. Religion has been known to posses an ethical component which is derived from supernatural guidance such that individuals who are religious tend to portray certain characteristics which are not portrayed by those who are not religious. Ethics in religion are characterized by individuals living “good” lives which are sometimes observed as stress free due to detachment from earthily possessions which are known to be the source of many unethical actions.
Religion as a source of good individual morals
Many religious people or else many people who belong to any religion usually adhere to the rules of the religion as a way of fitting into the crowd as well as to develop some desirable attributes which they maybe lacking. A practical example is embracing the virtue of punctuality at all times such that an individual never keeps others waiting for him/her. Other than avoiding the fine imposed top those who arrive late, a religion which dictates that its members should arrive early enough at all meetings independent of the nature of meeting will have a great impact on the followers.Embers of such a religion will frown or even sneer at latecomers such that next time the same individual predicts that they will be late, they would rather not turn up at all else drop everything else so as not to be late. Although, at that particular time the individual is conscious of the impact of arriving late they will try each possible way to make sure that they follow the rules which have been set up.Therefore, the rules set up by the religion will act as stimuli for instilling good morals to that particular individual. Individuals who were known to always arrive ate at different meetings or gatherings will change they way of doing things such that they get to embrace a new virtue.
This aspect of learning about they importance of being on time always is only known by members who are part of that religion which preaches on punctuality as an important virtue. Hence those who are not members of the same may not get access to such an opportunity which will not only have a great impact on the individual’s behavior during religious meetings but also ion other areasIn this case the rules laid down by the religion are seen as having a great impact in individual morality. Hence religion is credited uninstalling self-discipline to such an individual and he/she is able to evade many barriers which may be presented by being late which results in missing out on quiet important parts of any meeting. Tentatively, punctuality helps the individual to develop a more organized lifestyle such that they learn about time allocation procedures which enable some to manage their time and eventually turn up for meetings in due time without being late.
As religion defined as a way of adhering to the rules and guidelines laid by a supernatural being who is meant to be respected and appreciated by those who are under they obligation. Therefore, all who associate themselves with the supernatural being must be deriving benefits from that particular source hence there is a need for obeying all the rules that are there. Christians have an obligation of respecting and following the commandments that were given out by God as they have been called upon to be beneficiaries of His kingdom. However, the promise of the kingdom is only for those who are true Christians meaning that only those who oblige to the rules in addition to following the teachings of the Bible will see the kingdom. The promise of a heavenly kingdom has led to more people seeking te ways of Christians so that by adhering to the Good News which is written in the Bible, more people will get a share of the promise.
The Ten Commandments which are stated clearly on the Bible usually touch on each ad very aspect of the daily lives of most people especially the moral part. Christians are asked to respect God who created them and who has promised the reward of an eternal kingdom for those who live according to His will. Similarly, Christians are asked to love their neighbors and in so doing to respect their personality as well as their property. It is unethical for human beings to steal each others property as well as lying about anything no matter ho w small. Hence, by following the commandments Christians are able to live morally upright livelihoods. Similarly, individual characters such as respect for ones parents and elders are emphasized by the Holy Book. Many people often exhibit a certain degree of disrespect for their elders and parent especially those who are not conversant with the commandment which calls for respect of parents as well as the reward attached to the commandment.
Individuals who are not connected to Christianity or any other religion which preaches on the respect may adopt a reckless life especially disregarding the advice provided by the parents which is disrespect on its own.Most people embrace religion and good morals as a way of evading punishment after living in an unacceptable ways. Most religions talk of punishment for all transgression which is committed by human beings. This is especially harsh for those sins which people commit when they are fully aware of their actions.The fear associated with this punishment is often enough for most people to turn away from their sinful lives and embrace one of the religions which they deem fit for them. Most of the Christians live righteous lives which are full of good deeds as well as practicing all the virtues while handling their daily activities as a step towards evading the punishment.Such people will steer clear of activities which might end up harming the lives of their friends and neighbors in addition to increasing the chances of getting punished.
Although, the idea of punishment is a negative stimulus in this scenario, it has enabled many people to change their personality into adherence to good morals as well as ethical conduct when running their daily activities. Individuals would opt to sleep hungry in this case rather than steal from their neighbors or else forcefully take what does not belong to them. However, if a similar scenario was presented on the side of a non-Christian the possibility of stealing or obtaining what does not belong to him/her using unethical means would be quite high.Most people believe that generosity is part of their obligations as they have to lend a hand to their brothers and sisters who could be in need. This is especially common in the business field where most companies carry out social corporate responsibility as a way of improving their public image so that they ca increase sales as well as improving market coverage. This is not the case about religious generosity which is seen as a way of fulfilling ones obligation in addition to preaching love to all people as instructed by the Holy Book.
Generosity is thus portrayed not as a way of enhancing our social status but as an initiative where one not only gives material items but also spreads love. The love associated with this form of generosity is fundamental in religion as it is never accompanied by a public show but it is a private affair and the giver refrains from announcing to all about the action. This is quite different from what non-religious people do after helping someone who was in dire need they take it upon themselves to announce to everyone about their act as a way of seeking glory among men. Religious personality does not advocate for such behaviors but rather after doing a generous action, they carry the matter secretly in their hearts and wait for divine glorification.Therefore, the aspect of good deeds is boosted by teachings from the bible and the ethics associated with confiding ion the needy brother so as not to expose their vulnerability is highly regarded.
This makes the whole affair of giving a divine activity thus differentiating it with any other form of giving especially due to the love associated with such generous undertakings. By incorporating love as part of the package, the donor exhibits the willingness to give as a heartfelt action and not as a way of increasing their popularity.Individuals who understand the theory of creation tend to respect the environment as well as living things than their counterparts who have no idea about what is entailed in creation. Christianity talks of how God created the world and after He had completed the whole process of creation, He saw that everything was good. Consequently, many other religions preach about the creation story and how the Creator was with His work such that He liked everything in addition to loving the work He had just completed.An individual who belongs to any religion which expounds on the creation story as well as respect for Gods creation will rarely destroy vegetation in addition to harming wildlife and human lives.
An individual who understands that God was pleased with His work will respect it as well as maintain and care for it. This task leaves no room for damaging and engaging in activities which are contrary to the will of the Creator. This is in contrast to people who have no idea about how much the world means to God in addition to how much He invested in it so that man and his entire race may be comfortable at all times.An individual who has not had a chance to interact with religion at any point of his/her life will engage in any form of destructive behavior as they have no respect for the efforts and love which God had incorporated in His creation. The same behavior may be passed on to other human being who will engage in life threatening activities as they do not respect their lives as well as those of their brothers. The morals of this particular individual are thus tainted by lack of respect for what the Creator did due to lack of knowledge on the extent to which love was applied in the whole process.
Evils deeds which are accompanied by immoral behaviors are usually associated with darkness such that individuals whop want to carry out immoral activities usually hide under the cover of darkness. However, most of the bogus deals which are carried out in darkness are often revealed to all which is quite embarrassing to the participants who never thought that at one time they would be discovered.Business deals which are usually carried out in such a manner which is unethical tend to be evil and illegal as if the case was otherwise the members who are participating ion the deal would not fear doing it in broad daylight. Christianity calls for all its members to be cautious of such deals and it goes ahead to warn that after a person has been involved in such situation, the truth will be revealed pone day and it is often quiet embarrassing.This admonition of having the secrets of such a deal exposed to all and probably to employee’s supervisors may cost tem the job or worse still they may wind up in jail.
The embarrassment associated with such dubious actions makes Christians and other religious people to avoid such deeds. The virtue of righteousness as well as that of being truthful at all times inhibits participation is such unethical activities. The immoral mind of a non-religious person will see no big issue in holding secret meetings without permission form his/he supervisor and feel nothing about it. This is very much unlike the religious individual who thinks highly about the essence of doing the right thing at the right time regardless of whether the boss is around or absent. Therefore, religion not only influences good morals in the individual but also instills a sign of self-respect and responsibility. The individual will strive to do well always in addition to creating a higher degree of accountability at work as well as at home. At that extent, it becomes easier to mould an individual into an excellent leader due to possession of a desirable trait in their ability to resist any form of unethical business deals.
Religion teaches about keeping our bodies pure and respecting them as a way of appreciating the work of our Creator. This implies that activities such as excessive consumption of alcohol, abusing drugs and any other form of activity which causes damage to our bodies should be avoided. Consequently, the Bible refers to the human body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, all due respect should be accorded to the body buy consuming food that will nourish it but not harm it. Similarly, human beings are asked to give no room for the devil or to entertain evil thoughts as this is contradicting to the information written in the Bible.Therefore, an individual who is afflicted to any religion which preaches the same ideology will abstain form all the vices which may make the body unclean. Although, health awareness may also create a negative attitude towards such immoral behaviors, fear of the Holy Spirit failing to live among eth individual due to unfavorable conditions has been known to create a bigger impact.