Essay about Religion As A Beneficial Asset

1534 Words Feb 12th, 2015 7 Pages
Religion as a Beneficial Asset to Humans Religion has existed on earth for thousands of years. Everywhere around the world, there are a myriad of places for worship: churches, monasteries, temples, mosques, synagogues, shrines, etc. Religion has become universal and the basis of many human lives. In Things Fall Apart, a novel by Chinua Achebe, religion is an important element of the lives of all characters. This novel takes place in 1890s Nigeria within the clan Umuofia and focuses on the indigenous Ibo people who live there and the Christian missionaries from Europe who attempt to colonize their land. The Ibo people follow their own Ibo religion while the Europeans follow Christianity. Throughout the novel, both the Ibo people and Christians carry out numerous actions that lead to a multitude of outcomes. Although the Ibo and Christian people may be associated with negative effects resulting from their religions, there are a number of reasons why their religious actions are actually more helpful than harmful to society. One reason this is so is that the Ibo people were able to provide themselves a sense of guidance through their religion. In the novel, the narrator says “The Oracle was called Agbala, and people came from far and near to consult it. They came when misfortune dogged their steps or when they had a dispute with their neighbors” (Achebe 16). By believing in someone like Agbala, the Ibo people feel that they have someone to look up to. It helps…

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