Writer Inika Ambalike

Category Non-fiction

Abstract Religion is the most influential part of history. But how has it evolved and affected human life exactly… ?

(Disclaimer -> this article in no was trying to degrade a religion or call religious beliefs unnecessary. You are free to have your own beliefs and trust, as long as it doesn’t hurt you or and other person.)
Religion is a very sensitive topic. The majority of the human population worships a god and it influences a major part of their lives. But what exactly is religion and how has it changed over time?
Religion started as a way to organise and better control a community. It was a way of unifying people and preventing violence among the community. It majorly consisted of literacy, worship of nature and valued education and equality. Literary scripts in older religions even show the inclusion and equality of not only males and females, but also non-binary individuals. Many even show proof of other different genders and sexualities. Overall, religion could be seen as a very inclusive and respectable version of a constitution.
Slowly, with development, religion became more rigid. This is where idol worship and creations of gods can be seen. Superstitious beliefs were introduced to better help spread scientific facts or remedies to help people. Education was still a top priority, but with time, classism started to develop, though it was more freely movable. Gender equality's importace started weavers. This could have happened due to greed and power. But greed and power did take a major hit when communities started to go on war with other communities regardless of religion
ime passes, and now we can see more international "border disputes". Religion may still not be the reason for wars, but for something created for peace, it wasn’t helping much. Idol worship became very prominent and classism became more rigid, with higher education prioritised mainly for the higher castes. Equality was becoming less of a priority and district differences were seen in how men and women were treated.
New religions were raised and war was now taking place over religious disputes. Around this time, it is really hard to say that religion was created for peace. Superstitions now make no sense and are blindly followed by people in the name of God.
With the passage of time, what are now considered peaceful religions, such as Buddhism, gained popularity. But peace wasn’t attained as we can see World War One taking place, primarily due to classism and imperialism. The British invasion and colonisation of many countries had now completely erased rights for non-binary people and the rest of the lgbtqia community, as they were considered "wrong" or "disgraceful. "Ironically, homophobia is a translation mistake from German to English in the Bible that was never corrected and still negatively affects the lives of thousands of people.
World War Two took place solely due to extreme classism and xenophobia. By this point, religion lost all of its true value and still became the most integral part of human life and culture. Something that was created for the better of people is now the catalyst that ruins most lives.
The future of how religion is going to affect people isn’t really going on the positive side. A lot of the current generation is going atheist because a lot of religion has now turned to a joke. Hopefully, religion reaches its valuable roots and regains its reason for being a peace force.