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WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?

Kojiki or "Records" ; orthodox Jews their Talmud ; Mohammedans their Koran ; Christians their Holy Scriptures or Bible . A number of these sacred writings are regarded by their devotees as being revealed religion, from a source higher than man . But recognizing that there are powers higher than man that are good and bad, we must ask, Did each such set of supposed "sacred" writings have its revelation from a good source or a bad source? Which one is the true revelation? 3 There is every need for a supernatural revelation. We cannot depend upon what men call "natural religion". Men have the senses of seeing, hearing and feeling . They can observe the marvels of the natural world, the earth and the sun, moon and stars . They see, hear and feel the phenomena resulting from the operation of the laws that govern this natural world . By experiment they determine what is hurtful and what is beneficial . They have relations with one another in human society and so set up standards of what is proper conduct. They come in touch with many forces and phenomena that they cannot understand or explain and they attach some superstitious connection to these. Thus they build up a "natural religion", a system of rules of conduct and of worship toward what is visible or invisible . 4 But honesty must compel us to admit that all men are imperfect and subject to mistake and error. In different parts of the earth, widely sepHow is "natural religion" developed? Why does "natural religion" differ in places and fall short of truth and righteousness? 3. 4.

What Has Religion Done for Mankind?  

COPYRIGHT, 1951 by WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY

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