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What Is a Belief System

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There are many types of belief systems that are out there. It all depends on the religion and its culture. Many beliefs have to do with the worship of gods, reading sacred texts and attending religious events. In order for a religion to exist, a belief system has to also exist. Without a belief system, there would be no religion. Religious belief systems also play an important part in many cultures around the world. Some cultures may not have a strong religious belief system while other cultures do. Belief systems also play an important part in forging laws in many countries. In the following paragraphs, I will talk about my religious beliefs in my religion which is Hinduism.

How your beliefs make up a religious belief system.

My belief in the Hindu religion has a lot to do with what my parents taught me about it ever since I was a kid. My parents were pretty much the only form of resource I had from which I learned about the Hindu religion and formed my religious belief based on their teachings. My belief system includes the belief in our Hindu gods and goddesses. You see, the Hindu religion is a polytheistic religion which means a belief in more than one god. I also believe in not eating beef since the cow is considered to be a sacred animal in the Hindu religion. I also believe in Karma which happens to be a belief that my actions in this lifetime determine my destiny in the next incarnation.

How you acquired your religious belief system.

As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I acquired my religious belief system through my parents. I learned all about the Hindu religion through them. I was born here in the United States and grew up in a small town in California. At that time, we didnÐŽ¦t have any Hindu temples in our city where we could go to for worship or to study about our religion. The only holy Hindu text we had in our house was the Ramayana which only my parents could read as it was written in Sanskrit. I remember when I was small; my mom would read from the Ramayana and try to translate the words in English for me to understand. Now that IÐŽ¦m all grown up, I still cannot read the Ramayana as I never learned how to read Sanskrit, however, it has been translated into English books so I can read it. Also, a number of films based on the Ramayana have been made in India which I have watched to help me learn about my religion.

The benefits and disadvantages of having your particular belief system.

I think the real benefit of having this belief system is that it shapes me to become a better person. It helps me to be a good person, to not get into trouble with the law, to treat others the way I would like to be treated and to respect others. Also, another benefit is that this religion brings my family close together. Whenever we have a religious event or gathering, all my family members come together to take part in it. There are times when I donÐŽ¦t see a family member for many months and then when we have our religious event, they are always there so I can meet them. As far as any disadvantages go, I would say my belief in not eating beef would be one as it sometimes is difficult to do so especially in this country where beef is a popular delicacy. As I mentioned before, I have never eaten beef but what I actually meant is that I never knowingly have eaten beef. For example, for years I used to eat those Hostess pies that you can get at the grocery store. I loved eating them because they were so good but then one day, I happened to look at the ingredient label and was shocked to see that the pie contained ÐŽ§beef



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