Ever since the creation of the World Wide Web and the web-based search engines such as Google, many social and religious issues started being questioned. What is indeed the power that the internet has over people? Can it change us, or shake our religious beliefs? How does it affect an individual’s religious life?
Resourcefulness and Accessibility
According to the ones seeking and practicing religion through the internet, not all of it has a bad influence on your faith. First of all, some believers think that the resourcefulness of the internet and the accessibility to the data (in this case prayers) made it easier to practice religion. In fact, it increased the wish to learn more and dig deeper into religion.
On the other hand, some may think that accessibility is just the reason for the bad influence of the internet on your faith. Having immediate access to all that you might need could be testing your faith. The lack of commitment and persistence in looking for resources might affect your religious life.
When it comes to tradition in practicing religion online, some believers claim that it is almost nonexisting. The traditional spiritual practices of worshipping and praying seem to be quite different than the ones online. While some believers claim that it might have a good effect on their spiritual life, others disagree. However, the obvious impression is that even if the traditional methods might differ from the internet ones, the goal remains the same – embracing the faith.
Embracing Religion & Impact on People
Many people have faith in the internet. To be precise, they believe that the internet is a great tool for learning about religion, embracing it and even opting for one. All the religious material is right there on the internet, all a believer needs to do is do a little search and find al the answers. The spiritual befits of the Internet are quite massive actually.
Furthermore, the believers practicing faith over the internet thing that the effect of it on others might be great and positive. In addition, being closer to various religions and reading about the results in more religious tolerance. Even if the internet is a great tool to help people who share their religious beliefs connect, it is also great for learning about other religions.
The Validity of the Religious Resources on the Internet
Some people believe that even though a lot of religious material is accessible on the internet, not all of it is useful. In other words, there might be some content that is sacrilegious and it might have a bad influence on faith, especially in younger believers. Plus, we can’t forget about the bad side of the Internet.
Not all the content is there to help people. Sometimes fringe religious groups would form only to manipulate and take advantage of others. Thus, it is true that the internet could be as beneficial as it could be harmful to our faith.