How Long Will Religion Rein?
Since long before the discovery of electricity or the invention of technology, there was one thing that ruled the people. Every one abide by it and fallowed it no matter what. This one thing is religion. Religion has been around since the first humans, and over the thousands of years it has never gone away.
Now-a-days, being strictly religious is not as common as it used to be back in the earlier centuries. This one simple fact makes people wonder, will religion eventually disappear? It is already starting to become less popular, but could it ever get to the point some day where it will be gone completely? In some ways, its very possible. Yet many people would say that could never happen. Do people need that comfort in believing there is a higher power?
Most people would think that celebrities do not have time or wouldn’t care about religion. But in fact there are many that do. Some celebrities are pretty normal and will stick with popular religions such as Christianity or Catholicism. Yet there are a few newer upcoming religions that some celebrities now choose to fallow. Examples of these are Scientology, Atheism, and Kabbalah.
The religion of Kabbalah is what I am going to focus on right now. Kabbalah is the study of ancient texts, mostly the Zohar. The thoughts of followers of Kabbalah is that god is made up of “10 emanations” like compassion, wisdom, strength, etc. Studying these emanations can supposedly get one closer to this mysterious god. Madonna is one of the major celebrity followers. She says about the religion, “ I’ve learned from studying Kabbalah that if your happiness is based on people approving everything you do, then your doomed to fail.”
Like any religion, though, there are the criticizers. Many theologians say that most people do not study and practice Kabbalah the way it is meant to be. Yet it is still very popular.
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