The Dictionary.com definition(s) of Religion: Religion Definition | Definition of Religion at Dictionary.com
It seems as though a good definition gathered from the information provided from one of my favorite sites on the net is one that states religion is a "set of beliefs held by one or more people." What these beliefs pertain to is different, I imagine, between each religion and possibly even every single person despite being related religiously to someone else--though two people are Christians, for example, they could believe in two different beliefs, or have two different individual religions though they both call those beliefs "Christian". Dictionary.com continues with definitions that cohere to an idea that each religion's belief is pertaining to morality or the creation of the world. In other words, it has to do with life and how to be happy, therefore, I have simplified the definition so that it states that Religion is the science of Happiness
Religion, to me, is a set of beliefs that doesn't necessarily have to be held by any one person at all. It's a science to me, so it was there before we became aware of it. I don't think people invented religion, I think we discovered it, though I don't think we've discovered our truest religion. I love Jesus and his words, I read and reread the Holy Quaran, I am prone to loving the thoughts and feelings I assume the Buddha experienced, Mahatma Gandhi was a great person in my eyes, and I believe Hinduism along with virtually every religion, if not all religions, have some kind of good and valuable knowledge and/or wisdom to gain from them. To say that these people are completely
wrong about their beliefs is incredibly silly to me, because not one person on this planet is stupid...we're all ignorant, none of us are stupid. Therefore, I think that these people, the ones that discovered their religion(s) and the people that followed those discoveries, realized something positive about life--something that led to happiness--and so I don't think we should deny any religion its place in life. Instead, we should review them objectively and with an open mind so that we can progress happily in the best manner that we know.
I believe that religions are the science of happiness because of a few definitions. One being the definition of morality. I think to be moral means to be producing more happiness than unhappiness with your actions, thoughts, and feelings. So, if religions are beliefs in life and morals, then I've assumed that it's how to live and be moral, or how to live and be happy. Hints, the science of happiness.
I believe that I've discovered a religion from atop the shoulders of giants, and from this height, I've seen Heaven.
This definition gives the word Religion and the thoughts produced from the word Religion way more value to the laymen, to the supposed "non-religious". I believe it's virtually impossible if not impossible to abide by some religion--by some belief on how to be happy--because everyone is trying to be happy, and I mean everyone does, and we strive so much so that I think it's our purpose in life. I believe that the only reason we have to live is to be happy. Who doesn't want to be happy? Who tries to be unhappy? Why wouldn't we unite under this roof of common want?
This leads me to other questions, though, that are more complex. What is happiness? How do we achieve it? How do we know we're truly happy and not just of good intentions? What makes us unhappy? How can one person's idea of happiness differ from another person's and them still pertain to the same religious beliefs and practices?
In order to progress happily, I think we need Allah and a lot of freedom. It's easy to be happy, in my opinion, because it seems that all you have to do is try.