What's The Difference Between Superstition And Religion?


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Samantha Mitchell Profile
There is a huge difference between superstition and religion, however, most atheists will tell you otherwise. A religion is a faith that people abide by and live by every day of their lives, either by sticking to a moral code or worshipping in place of worship, like a church. Most people that are a part of a faith do both, as this is the way in which their holy book tells them to live.

A superstition is similar in that it involves people believing in something - however, it is fundamentally different in that it is not a whole culture, it is not something people believe was created by a higher power and it does not involve a moral code. Instead, superstition involves individuals avoiding performing particular acts as they believe that it will be ‘bad luck’ for them.

Religions also involve holy books. In the instance of Christianity, the holy book is the Bible, and it is a book that was written over hundreds of years that outlines Christian stories that relate to God, as well as the way in which good Christians should live. It outlines how to worship God, and the ‘ten commandments’ that you must live by every day of your life.

The Koran is yet another holy book. The book, however, is different. It is used in the Islamic religion and was written by one man at one time - Mohammed. He is the prophet that most people know about, in relation to this religion, and he was behind the creation of this incredibly controversial religion.

Superstition does not involve a book written by anybody. Instead, it’s more of a convention. It is something that has been passed down over the centuries just like fairy tales and stories. Superstition is not true, whilst religion simply cannot be proven to not be true.
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Anonymous answered
Religion is organized superstition. Superstitions are generally separate from each other, but by organizing them in a "holy book", it becomes a religion.
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Anonymous answered
If it's your God, then it's religion.  If it's someone else's God, then it's superstition... or at least that's how a lot of people look at it.

Maybe if we respected each other's religions as much as our own, we could get along much, much better.
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Anonymous answered
Religion is what YOU believe and superstition is what the OTHER PERSON believes!!!
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Anonymous answered
They are both the exact same thing. Religion and superstition are the beliefs in supernatural things that have no valid empirical evidence. Religion is just organized superstition.
Lisa michalski Profile
Lisa michalski answered
Religions are born of peoples faith,they hand this belief down through all generations within their families, its what they believe to be the values of right and wrong,some call it their morality and they are devoted to this belief.
Superstition is like being influenced by irrational beliefs such as the reverence of things, ladders.., black cats,things of this nature it is a fear that some people carry and believe that if they come in contact with these things,that most likely something bad will happen to them,it can be considered as a religion,but it is a sort of false worship,
so in a sense they are both comparable,in how people view them,and use them,they both have for many the powers of the supenatural abilities,but one plays favorably on the mind more than the other.this is my interpretation of both words,I hope it helped
Jo Nol Profile
Jo Nol answered
Superstition is the belief in the supernatural. So religion is one form of superstition, but most believers, will deny that. Any time we belief in something that doesn't follow the laws of physics and other sciences, then it is a superstition.
Victoria Metcalf Profile
I believe witchcraft, magic and aliens are all really works of satan and demons. And superstitions fall into that category.
Whereas religion is quite different, it's a system of belief or faith.
caroline Profile
caroline answered
Superstition is the belief in good & bad luck and things influencing them, and religion is the belief in a god or gods
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
Religion is a faith that uses a being that is the creator of all that we see and know, to trust in this being, and to love Him. A superstition doesn't use a being anywhere in the belief, it means that this or that will happen to you if you believe in IT, not a being. Fear is instilled in people when falling into a superstition, not love.
thanked the writer.
diles commented
There are lots of examples of beings in superstitions. Most are strong beliefs that compel people to do things much like religion does.

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