Religion can be regarded as a belief and a ritual which is concerned with the supernatural and as a cultural universal. With the help of religion, people of different cultures and traditions are able to create and implement a specified system of iconic meaning by corresponding with influential cultural values regarding the supernatural. It is extremely necessary for and pivotal to the core functions of a religion. Religion is a merger of the main trends of a culture and due to that performs an important role in the routine lives of the individuals of any specific cultural group.
One of the basic differences that treat to system social life is in line to that which is set aside as consecrated and that which is observed as simple. In the new era, certain shrines, relics and symbols are considered sacred and are treated with respect Many religious symbols are included with supernatural meaning which are corresponding with culture values which relate to the omnipotent and allow direct access to the gloomy nature of the spiritual mind. These symbols than take on a sacred ride which than yield them a strong presence and power in many people's lives. For example, a physical appearance of the cross and on a chain worn around a person’s neck does provide a constant reminder of the presence of a powerful omnipotent soul. Everyone has its own religion and beliefs in the world. There is not a 5 or ten religions, in total there are more than 50 religions in the world. Every religion has its own followers and every religion has its own believes and trends. The two famous religions in the world are Christianity and Islam. Islam has its own followings and own believes, on the other hand, Christianity has its paths. A large number of Christians reside all over the world. Christianity is usually considered a bog religion that has a million of followers around the globe. Christians can be found in different regions of the world however, United States of America considered as a main country of chirtistians.
Religious symbols are different in their importance to cast of a particular religious sect who is affiliated and it also depends on the follower’s sense of affiliation with the particular faith. The faith in the creator proclaimed by the religious order in question which is also known as religious dogmatism and is an indication of immersion in a religious system. It is believed that religious dogmatism is directly related with the degree to which religion is fruitful and important to people's lives.
Because of that, religious symbols have a great significance to those who are stuck in the religious dogma. A person's affiliation to reality is related to the symbolic environment surrounding those particular objects. (Jenner 2004) There is a certain correlation between the objects and the people who are able to produce and promote such objects and also the groups who are able to utilize such objects. They are able to serve to infuse the particular commodity with an iconic meaning within a specified context. The empirical view of Christians on life has taken us to where we Christianity stands today, logically, socially, as well as in religious point of view and psychological point of view. Christians have selected an idea that did well for many people in the past and either comprises it or marked complexity on it. This has observed powerful basics of human mind and attitude since the growth of mankind, and it extends to act as a medium of social implementation around the globe.
Social and Cultural influence of Christianity
Christianity has a strong influence on the lives of people and has had a massive influence on the way people behave. With the advent of time, Christianity has been the most followed religion in the world and its teachings has influenced the people around the globe in many ways. This can further be elaborated by three key reasons which are as follows:
A strong aspect of Christianity has been its focus on aiding the needy and poor in society. Even in the modern era there have been many good charitable efforts in the name of Jesus, It has still been argued that Christian charities stand out. Examples like Mother Theresa, Christian religious hospitals and church favored soup kitchens and thrift markets in every colony stand out. Christianity has had such a massive influence on charity that it is difficult to analyze how the world has been shaped around by their apprehensive approach. Critics point out that it is the religion’s powerful focus on compassion, on helping the poor, and on eradicating poverty even in the most difficult of circumstances. Christianity in the past has heavily focused on these issues and has been successful in eradicating such social and cultural differences and has created a balanced and prosperous society. The inability of the poor people to have their economic interests verbally transferred to the political authorities is a serious cause for concern in under developed countries. The lack of education and self awareness has been the key issue many unprivileged people are facing and have faced through time. Christianity has always raised this critical issue and tried to create a balance between the needy and the wealthy. (Klopping 2012)
It has been argued that science has its roots in Christianity. The concept of science may well not have arisen from these world views. Christianity is based on the strong belief that there is a universal God who is the omnipotent source of the concrete truth. This creates the strong possibility of scientific laws and theories. It is crucial to point out that many innovators of modern science were Christians. Examples include scientists and thinkers such as Pascal, Pasteur, Newton, Boyle etc. Human civilization began with science. Human society’s connection to the science has always been intimate. No matter how sophisticated and civilized we become, we cannot ignore the importance of science and the impact it always had on our life. Its because of science and its integration with religion that humanity has made such magnificent strides for growth and development. Science has played an extremely crucial role in every sector. It is also important for raising the living standard of humans around the world. It is rightly stated that “Christianity has always focused on science and to seek the measures why the world has been created in such a way that it is today.” (Wood head 2004)
Other influences on Christianity
Apart from the key issues such as religion, mercy and education, there have been certain other factors which have a key influence over Christianity and its religious practices.
Political influence on Christianity
It may be surprising to some but political and legal analysis has a huge impact on how people follow religion. Political and legal conditions affect how the people practice their religion and how their religious festivals are carried out.
Social and Economical factors
Economical and social factors are at times a critical for a religion to be practiced and they include matters such as population, lifestyle, demographics and social trends. Population will play a vital role as the more densely populated areas or the areas with heavy population growth may well have different religions and different religious practices. Third world countries have varied religious and cultural practices. It is the practice of religious tolerance and diversity
The core theme of Christianity given to the world is the equality of humans and along with that the importance and worth of every human being. According to critics, the ideology of Christianity was based upon a principle that the compelling forces behind the strategy to demolish slavery, the fight for democracy and along with that the attempt to articulate an international doctrine of human rights. The importance of Christianity's in shaping these significant change comes with some authority. If Christianity continues to prosper than some crucial changes such as theories of human superiority, the value of freedoms of religion and expression and the eradication of political tyranny will be at their absolute peak. It is vivid that Christianity as a symbol embodies some important qualities and they are love, tolerance, hope, and peace. It tries to implement its social and moral values to create virtual global peace.
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Klöpping, Laura. Customs, Habits and Symbols of the Protestant Religion, 2012 P 5