Religion is a complex cultural system of highly personalized beliefs, moral codes, rituals, and practices, that represents humanity as a whole and unifies humanity in the sense that it can be applied to particular situations and specific people, while separating human beings from each other by defining each person’s worth and importance in the grand scheme of things. While religion can often appear to be a source of agreement between religions, this is not always the case, especially in the current age. Religions have always been subjective to a certain degree, with individuals coming up with their own definitions of what a religion is. At the same time, however, most religions share a common ethical and metaphysical stance, which have been developed over centuries of empirical study. Religion then is often viewed as a primary and definitive force in social life, exerting its influence on public opinion, political beliefs, and personal values that shape human interaction in all aspects of life.
Although religion has been defined as a human need throughout history, its effects on today’s human beings are still very much a mystery. The only thing that is known for sure is that religion, when used as a system, helps people understand their place in the universe and helps people define their place in the world. As a system, religion provides the framework for how we think and reason about the world and ourselves. Religion is based on a set of ideas and values regarding life that human beings have developed over the course of history, and these ideas and values have evolved into a set of moral rules that human beings live by every day.
Religion then has the ability to increase our understanding and comprehension of the world and ourselves, and to provide us with a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives. It can also provide an essential shield and defense against the forces that are threatening to destroy our species. However, human beings have shown great volatility in the past, and the ability of religion to provide a solid defense has been diminished over time.