Future Articles In The Human Condition, Religion Series
Copyright © 2003 Dorian Scott Cole
Future articles in this series will include several issues showing distinct patterns of change through the ages.
The idea of change doesn't imply that God has somehow changed, or what God expects of us has changed. Change doesn't imply that anything was "all made up," and isn't valid - on the contrary, the implication is of a growing responsibility for greater judgment on our part as our understanding increases. Neither has human nature changed, it has always remained about the same. God expects us to treat others well.
Does religion indicate God's needs? God has no needs. He doesn't need a temple or other house of worship, he doesn't need people to fast, or do other forms of self-discipline - God doesn't even need worship in the sense of ceremony. He does need worship in the sense of being kind to others. As Christ said, man wasn't made for the Sabbath (day of worship) - the Sabbath was made for man. These statements, all taken from OT and NT Scripture, indicate that religious needs aren't God's needs, they are a response to people's needs. However, the needs and situations of people do change. The below listed articles help show how religion has changed as a response to people's needs, situations, and ability to understand, and not just in the Judeo-Muslim-Christian world, but in other religions as well.
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