ABOUT THE CHOICE OF RELIGION AND ABOUT THE DOUBT

The Bible reminds us that it is God who establishes acceptable norms of behavior and morality, though He gives freedom to people to follow them or not. Most people often cling to the religion and values of their family. Is it always right to remain faithful to parents’ religious values?

Truth, especially in the case of religion, is not in the parents’ religious position, nor in the novelty or antiquity of religion. If our Christian fathers always followed contrary perceptions, then they would never accept Christianity. They would look to pagan beliefs of their parents and especially to the antiquity of religion because paganism is older than Christianity. It means that we must follow not only the tradition but also our consciousness to see which one is right, majestic, virtuous and God-given.

In the paganism, multiple gods were the result of limited human thinking. For instance, today no one will consider as truth the existence of a god of the sun and will not worship the solar deity. Ancient people believed that the sun is a god, named Helios in Greek mythology, who drives his fiery chariot in heaven. Or no one will explain the phenomenon of lightning with the existence of a God, sitting on the top of a high mountain, who, in the moment of his anger, hits from above with a lightning weapon those who are on the earth.

First of all, Christianity defeated paganism with its high ideals and divine grace. Today scientific achievements and explanations about the phenomena of nature are additional help for people while many natural phenomena were previously unknown and people worshiped them as pagan gods.

Why do people constantly question concepts concerning ethics and creed?

To call into question means to doubt. The doubt has different reasons – religious, psychological and philosophical. According to the religious point of view, the doubt can be devil’s temptation, as in the parable of the sower we see that evil tries to destroy sown good seeds (Matthew 13:19).

In the Holy Scripture impiety and pride are mentioned too as the reasons for doubt (1 Tim. 6:4). Ecclesiastical authors mentioned sinful course and illegalities as the cause of doubt. One of the psychological causes of doubt is human character traits.

Some people have a tendency to be more suspicious than others. Family education, personal life circumstances put people into a kind of mental condition that can aggravate the sense of skepticism. By another interpretation, doubts may be due to high or low levels of religious fundamentalism.

In this sphere, fundamentalists – people devoted to religious beliefs and traditions, are showing less and high degrees of fundamentalism.

People with sharp fundamentalism do not doubt the existence of God, the Church, religious principals. Their doubts are mostly concerned about living a life with the religious principals and implementing religious improvements in ecclesiastical sphere. People with less fundamentalism can also doubt the fundamental ideas of religion.

However, suspecting or putting something in question may also have a positive effect for the strengthening of faith because there is a religious based doubt as well. It helps to attract more attention and think about a particular subject more to understand still an unconceived reality and walk towards God not only with childish confidence but also with mature and measured steps.