Well, this has been debated upon in the previous post. Nevertheless, it shall be written about.
A religion is not complete(?) without a god. Let's for sometime not consider the factuality pertaining to this. This is what we generally assume(in a very broad sense).
What made god make an appearance?
According to me, mankind needed somebody to restrict him. In his ways, habits, lifestyle. So that he could lead a life free from blemishes. Come to think of it, offenses do occur, even with a god amidst us.... that's another matter.
God was inculcated in us, so we'd develop a fear. That which limits us from committing wrongs. It aids the mind in distingushing the wrong from the right. Otherwise, we'd have a society which shows expertise in performing all the gluttony in this world.
In one way, the creation of a god is beneficial. Thus, one does not rob his neighbour, a cruel death is prevented. Vices are practised by few people. It helps in the establishment of a society which cares for one's neighbour, which lends a sympathetic ear to the needy...
The presence of god, seems justifiable.
What about the traditions that appears to have sprouted through the entire length of time?
Some of the traditions do make sense, some others do not. Going back in time, trying to reason as to why this particular custom came into being...... is not a bad idea. As facilities change, as the mind gets tuned to new views, conventions also change. For the betterment, or for the worse. If it is indeed for a better us, it is to be enhanced. Persay, it is of a destructing kind, we evict it.
Nature always functions in this manner.
As they say, nails should be cut before sunset. I think it's fine for us to trim our nails even after eight in the night. Considering the fact that we relied on sunlight for most of our activites. On the other hand, we now have electrical lights.
Many a time, i've not followed a particular ritual, because i didn't find any reason for me to do so. Upon realisation, a connection between science and the practise springs up. And i go back to it. Most times, we abide by them as our religion instructs us so. Without a second thought. It's not wrong, as what is followed today is a result of thousands of years of practises. Something that's favourable to mankind.
At the same time, all practises need not be likeable. I spoke with an english lecturer of mine at college about gory conventions that are imbibed in our daily life. She said that it is a matter of belief and trust. Yes, but, can everything be considered thus?
Even if it proves to be harmful to others?