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Tomorrow’s Gods: What is the future of religion?

prasad1

Active member
Before Mohammed, before Jesus, before Buddha, there was Zoroaster. Some 3,500 years ago, in Bronze Age Iran, he had a vision of the one supreme God. A thousand years later, Zoroastrianism, the world’s first great monotheistic religion, was the official faith of the mighty Persian Empire, its fire temples attended by millions of adherents. A thousand years after that, the empire collapsed, and the followers of Zoroaster were persecuted and converted to the new faith of their conquerors, Islam.

Another 1,500 years later – today – Zoroastrianism is a dying faith, its sacred flames tended by ever fewer worshippers.

We take it for granted that religions are born, grow and die – but we are also oddly blind to that reality. When someone tries to start a new religion, it is often dismissed as a cult. When we recognise a faith, we treat its teachings and traditions as timeless and sacrosanct. And when a religion dies, it becomes a myth, and its claim to sacred truth expires. Tales of the Egyptian, Greek and Norse pantheons are now considered legends, not holy writ.

Even today’s dominant religions have continually evolved throughout history. Early Christianity, for example, was a truly broad church: ancient documents include yarns about Jesus’ family life and testaments to the nobility of Judas. It took three centuries for the Christian church to consolidate around a canon of scriptures – and then in 1054 it split into the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches. Since then, Christianity has continued both to grow and to splinter into ever more disparate groups, from silent Quakers to snake-handling Pentecostalists.

If you believe your faith has arrived at ultimate truth, you might reject the idea that it will change at all. But if history is any guide, no matter how deeply held our beliefs may be today, they are likely in time to be transformed or transferred as they pass to our descendants – or simply to fade away.

If religions have changed so dramatically in the past, how might they change in the future? Is there any substance to the claim that belief in gods and deities will die out altogether? And as our civilisation and its technologies become increasingly complex, could entirely new forms of worship emerge?

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Perhaps religions never do really die. Perhaps the religions that span the world today are less durable than we think. And perhaps the next great faith is just getting started.


 

renuka

Well-known member
Well...at present major places of worshipped are shut all around the world and worship has to be within ourselves.

No idol nor actually seeing Kabah or being at a mosque or a cross at a church or a Guru granth at a Gurudwar or seeing Buddhist monks..there is a rumour that even the Hajj for Eid ul Adha could be cancelled this year.

What does all these show?
That only the Religion of Love prevails.
Love for existence and humanity.

All the obsession with caste, genes, beauty, IQ, money, position etc has to stop.

We have been stripped off of even our freedom to leave our homes
Mighty politicians or super powers too are confined within certain spaces.

All of us are currently under " house arrest"...we witness people dying...it could be any one of us too.

At this time our minds are turned within.
God has shut every place of worship...the "new"religion has to be introspection and realizing we ourselves are helpless unless we surrender to the law of existence..
So is it actually a new religion?

No! Its merely reset to factory settings.

May be what we thought was religion was just gradual decline of our own understanding.

So whenever there is decline....existence resets to factory setting from age to age
 
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