Makinga rational choice among religions
Religionis a faith in a supernatural beingusually referred to as God or gods, worshipped through one’sconduct or rituals (Vaughn& Schick, 2012)Furthermore, it is a system of worship with codes of conduct specificto each religion. More than two-thirds of the world adhere to onereligion or the other. However, due to the many religiousaffiliations in the world today, it is often taskingto decide which religion is correct and best for an individual. Suchcomplexities do not make it easy for one deciding which religion isright.
Althoughmany ascribe to a haphazard way of determining, which religion isbest and true, a systematic approach involving a logical consistency,empirical adequacy, and existential relevance work best to reach thisconclusion.
Logicalconsistency is one of the key issues to look out when assessing theauthenticity of a religion. It refers to an internal coherence of thetenets of the belief system and their ability to stay interconnectedto each other without contradicting in any way. A true religion islike a well-oiled machine whose parts work to complement each otherinternally. As such, the teachings, directions and rituals cometogether seamlessly so that an individual would not find anycontradictory messages in the teachings and actions.
Empiricaladequacy means that thetruth supports a belief system is thatin turn corresponds to reality. It refers to the ability of a beliefsystem to be consistent with facts known the world over. Anexemplarybelief system thus complements what people already known and onlyguides or provides more information on such subject areas. Knowledgesupports such truths and facts, making them verifiable andfalsifiable. A truth that is not falsifiable is thus is not based onreality but a creation of the mind.
Existentialrelevance and plausibility, another important criterion for analysis,is the ability for such a belief system to address and answer the bigquestions that affect human life.
Theexpectation is that such a belief system should describe andaccurately reflect the world in which people exist. This realismmakes it easy for individuals to follow, conform and live accordingto its teachings, rules and regulations without making significantchanges to their way of life.
Theabove framework, applied to religion gives an easy way to deduce theright religion, helps providea clear explanation as to which religion is best and will oftenaddress critical questions such as the origin of humanity, meaningand purpose of life, how human beings should live and the destiny ofhumansamong others. Although this framework gives direction to identifyingthe true religion, it remains an individual’s decision to choosewhich religion is right and most appealing to him.
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