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Religion : As An Unified System Of Beliefs And Practices

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Religion, according to Emil Durkheim can be defined as “ an unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, that is to say, things set into one single moral community called a church ,all those who adhere to them.’’ Within the Caribbean, religious belief systems have flourished from the time of the first Amerindian settles to the present day . The faith that there is a deity or deities more powerful and bigger than the trials we face as mere mortals has giving individuals the strengths to push against adversity and oppress.But is it safe to say that faith in the God(s) of these systems come without a sacrifice? Is it safe to say that these forces of power really do ...view middle of the document...

The captives were forcibly baptized and the bible was brought into the plantations as a form of punishment by the masters to force them to accept there was only one God exclusively.They were also pressed into taking part in mass and catholic rituals. Catholicism as a subsystem of slavery was uncouthly suppose to stamp out the spirituality of the enslaved, nonetheless this was on unsuccessful as the purposed ‘oppressor(Catholicism)’ was creolized into African spirituality with the Bible ,Catholic saints and rituals becoming apart of ceremonies (Extract from Manual). The followers of these religions have become so engulfed by it that they are willing to sacrifice anything for the deity. Religions also show prejudice towards each other by looking down one another and claiming to be the true religion of the Heavenly Father.

‘And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many…Then if any shall say man shall say unto you,Lo,here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; in so much that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.’’(Matthew 24:4-5,23-24)

‘I am the way, the truth, and life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’(John 14:6)

Religions such as Catholicism and Judaism just to name a few have claimed to be the chosen religion of God. These passages found within the King James Version prove that the below described beliefs presented in some religions are not really true. Because individuals were born into a religion or the religion is highly regarded within society so followers naively enter these religions without really knowing what they are getting into. These religions or their priest falsely proclaim to be worshipping God Almighty when really and truly they are involved in idolatry and leading their congregation into devil worship. Examples of this are seen within the Catholic and Afro-Caribbean systems. Within the Catholic doctrine and within the Catholic system it is evident that idolatry is practiced.The second commandment of the ten famous commandments of God handed to Moses on the rules which human life should abide by, is not recognized within the Catholic faith, instead the 10th commandment is split into two. The second commandment states, ‘Though should not make until thee any graven images, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above,or that is in earth,beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God(Exodus 20 4-5).’
Shows one of the many flaws within Catholicism as the sacred communion of bread and wine is seen as a vessel of or is seen as Christ, the mass itself is also seen as a sacrifice, and top it off worshipping of the saints within Catholicism and the Pope are done and those who speak against or...

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