Religion is something that’s always brought to our attention. We see it in the news and media, as a cause of war, and used as a way to categorize people. As a non-religious person, the idea of devoting one’s life to a belief has always sparked my curiosity. I’ve always wanted to know what draws people into it. So I did a little digging.
Everyone I talked to told me how they found god after experiencing lows in their lives. Whether it was after being addicted to drugs and alcohol, experiencing a traumatic event, or doing something they regret. but there’s a common theme I’ve found in all these stories, these people were hopeless in life, on the verge of self-destruction, when they turned to religion for a change.
That’s what religion does for people – it gives them structure in life. By structure, I mean a set of rules, morals, and even codes if you want to call it that. Not only that, but it gives purpose and hope for them. It’s human nature for us to want to know our purpose in life. Many need that sense of security in life to keep moving forward.
My father turned to religion after growing up in a household that lacked a strong structure. An environment that left him scarred. This left him wandering, searching to find his purpose in life. I’ve seen my father at his worst. This comes when he veers away from religion. Stops praying. Stops reading his Bible. Just stops. This is when he’s weakest, at his worst. But then he returns to his faith and restores himself.
That’s what religion does for people.