There is a great deal of discussion around the topic of religions, so while I don’t expect to give a definite answer on whether it is correct or not, I have few points to clarify in accordance to the theories proposed in this blog.
First of all, it is fair to admit that I am not a believer, but I am also not a disbeliever. There are many people who say that God is real and many who he is not and there are many different religions, making us come back to the whole two-side of the coin problem. If something is believe to be so right and so wrong at the same time, it is probably somewhere in the middle. This means that concept of all powerful God is probably incorrect, but there are definite benefits to act in accordance with religious teaching such as to pray, go to Church on Sunday, and to follow other religious values.
In book The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy, Murphy talks about the power of prayer. Author proposes that prayer and unconditional believe that what we pray is perceived as an unconditional command to our brains, which then starts to solve the problem (the prayer) that is presented to it, subconsciously. Later we say that “it is a miracle” and that “God has provided”, while all along it was the subconscious mind that provided the solution. This idea strongly goes along with the idea described in the Low of Attraction that predisposes that we attract what we most desire in our lives, which is another reason we should not focus on the negatives in our lives.
Going to church is also a great activity. It connects us to like minded people, to God, and creates a sense of connection whenever we are alone or not – “God is everywhere”. This is indeed a Social Proof concept discussed in the book Influence by Robert Cialdini. People are social creatures and they need to be with other people (in body or in mind), to feel like they belong and that they are part of a social group. Church provides exactly that. In a society that is becoming each time more disconnected believe in God creates a sense of meaning and belonging, so much missed by majority of population.
Moreover, religion teaches us certain values like not to steal, kill, overeat and to be generous to other people. All these virtues are proven to be beneficiary to human being. Even generosity, which can at first sight be seen as losing, benefits people on a chemical level, by releasing dopamine into our system that makes us feel good. Studies after studies confirm that giving to other people (without expecting nothing in return) makes people happier compared to same situations where a person would keep his reaches to himself instead.
Lastly, religion is an institution. Almost as any other company, religion seeks to increase its level of influence. It fights over peoples limited resources such as time, money and attention, creating a need to consciously decide how much of these resources we will dedicate to this institution. Moreover, there is a completion within the industry for believe, which is unfortunately responsible for conflict, death and division. We can say that it is other people who are responsible for this destructive behaviors, but we have to also take responsibility for destruction created by institutions that we support, be that religious, political, consumption driven institutions, or any other for that matter.