Reflection About Communication With God

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A significant tenant in many religions is some form of communication with deity. However, the way it is done, the purpose for which it is done, and the meaning it carries vary immensely. To the Bahai faith, as stated by is founder Bahá 'u 'lláh, “There is no objection to the friends memorizing prayers; on the contrary it is excellent for them to do so.” Whereas, Jesus warned, “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” To some cultures, communicating with God involved rituals intended to make the participant become one with the earth. On the other hand, some cultures have sanctuaries in which participants are enabled to commune with God and symbolically be …show more content…
Because I had everything I needed, a typical prayer for me was something along the lines of, “Dear Heavenly Father, I am grateful for this day. I am grateful for my family, my friends, and my blessings. Please bless me that I can do the right thing and help others. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.” Because I was in a safe environment, prayer was a way to express my gratitude to God for all of the wonderful things He had given me. My situation was much different than other situations I would encounter later in …show more content…
According to the Chicago tribune, from January 1, 2016 to September 9, 2016 there have been 2,959 shooting related victims. Because culture is significantly dependent upon external forces, experiences like the one just explained have a significant impact on how individuals communicate with deity.

While serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the south side of Chicago. Many of the people I talked with had experienced things I had never even imagined. Because of these environmental differences, these people faced a different reality than the one I faced in Idaho. One of the manifestation of this new culture was the way individuals communicated with deity. Of course, not everyone in the culture responded the same way; however, those who believed in prayer often prayed for a purpose I hadn’t thoroughly considered before

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