WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?
5 Taken according to the way it is used, "religion" in its simplest definition means a system of worship, a form of worship, without regard to whether it is true or false worship. This agrees with the meaning of the Hebrew word for it, 'a.boh.dah, which literally means "service", regardless of to whom it is rendered . Adopting this plain meaning of the word, notice how the New World Translation of James' words above reads : "If any man seems to himself to be a formal worshiper and yet does not bridle his tongue, but goes on deceiving his own heart, this man's form of worship is futile . The form of worship that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father is this : to care for orphans and widows in their tribulation, and to keep oneself without spot from the world ." It is in the sense of system or form of worship that we use the term "religion" in this book . e Religion is universal . No matter how loudly they claim to be godless, religion is practiced even by the Red Fascists or Communists, as we shall show to their embarrassment . Despite this fact, the world of today is not bound together in one . More so than political beliefs, religion is a divisive force today. It itself is divided . There are many kinds of religion. Each conscientious devotee of a religion will insist that his own is the true one, which is why he sticks to it . But he finds in it something which keeps him from enjoying complete harmony with someone who holds some oth-
s. In what sense is the word used in this book? Why? 6. What kind of force is religion today, and why so?
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