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Should religions hold fast to traditions(yes) or adapt to the current times(no)?

Asked by: ladiesman
  • Religious traditions have provided us with liberal democracies in the case of Judeo-Christian culture

    It was, and is, to this day, the uniquely Judeo-Christian idea that no one can truly worship God unless they are truly free to do so that was the basis of the ideas for limited government and the US Bill of Rights that America's Founding Fathers had in mind. Civil Rights, Women's Rights, Gay Rights, the abolition of slavery and polygamy, rule of law, and equality of opportunity for all here in America came from the uniquely Judeo-Christian idea that all of mankind is created equal and thus is equal in the eyes of a common creator (God). Totalitarianism, the belief in big government, on the other hand, condones idolatry by essentially making government God -which it is not- by expanding the government and putting faith in it. It is also because of the systemic tolerance Judeo-Christian culture that America was able to become very diverse and multicultural in the first place. Lastly, the idea that one must work for what they want, which is the foundation of capitalism, comes from Judeo-Christian morality.

  • God doesn't change

    And neither should the church.
    Progressive thinking people think their new, "improved" way is better than before. That is simply human thinking being lifted above the wisdom of God.
    Without a Divine Authority, the human race will be pulled one way and then the next without any direction.
    Fear of rejection and societal pressure is leaving a wasteland full of conformists. Much better to fear God than man

  • The World Around Us Has Changed

    “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12)
    The World around us has changed, so I see nothing wrong with the religion changing slightly as well. As long as you keep the same basic morals, I think people should be allowed to have their own perspectives on the religion.

  • Of Course the Church Should Adapt

    We cannot stay in the past. As our world progresses so should are train of thoughts and religions. To be stuck in old times seriously impedes progress and positive change in our world. We must adapt to current times to continue to exist. This is a very important thing to do.

  • More successful if they democratize

    It was Machiavelli who said politics will be most successful if it conforms to the current times. The same principle applies to religion and it has happened; religions have started out being conservative, then democratizing and adapting to changing circumstances. Examples include Hinduism and Buddhism: the later schools of Hinduism, Bhakti Hinduism especially are more popular among the masses today than classical Hinduism. The same goes for Buddhism: Buddhism's oldest form, Theravada Buddhism is the most conservative and nirvana is limited to the sangha, or community of monks. All laypeople can do is hope for a favorable rebirth and support the monks. Over time, the lay population became dissatisfied with that, so over time the later schools of Buddhism, beginning with Mahayana extended the concept of nirvana to include the lay population. Some religious traditions are outdated; the requirement that Catholic priests be celibate for example. It was a papal decree, not a Biblical commandment that demanded a celibate priesthood. The Catholic Church is the only Christian denomination that demands clerical celibacy.


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