How important are religious rituals to you?

How important are religious  rituals to you?
In the good old days we were only exposed to what our parents, teachers and spiritual leaders taught us where they gave a lot of importance to rituals.

Today we are living in a different world. We can independently judge for ourselves what to accept and what to reject.

Religion will fail to exist if there are no rituals and so those who do not follow rituals would also mean they do not follow religion Spirituality is without rituals and so those who are spiritual have no religion What is your stand on this


You can consider me a religious person because I was schooled in a Catholic school and university. Especially for those people with heavy problems, religion is their sanctuary. And religion is strengthened by the riturals. We Catholics are oriented in rituals starting with the Holy Mass, the Holy Water and all other celebrations in the church. There are rites for baptism, etc. Without those rituals, religion would be like a house with nothing inside. The rituals make the religion colorful and more interesting.
Posted by Corzhens on 05-19-2017
I too am a catholic having studied in a convent. Much water has flown under the bridge since my teachings by those in authority then. While I do agree we need rituals to qualify for belonging to a religion I think it is more important to be a good person rather than just follow rituals. Looking deeply at the rituals there is hardly anything according to me that will help us lead a good life unlike for example following the ten commandments.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-20-2017
Culture and tradition give identity to the people, community and the society. Culture and tradition are defined by the religion. A Christian will celebrate Easter where as a Hindu will celebrate Diwali. Religious festivals like Easter and Diwali are marked with religious rituals. If you celebrate festival, you will have to perform rituals. For me religion is something that defines my identity. Therefore, rituals are important for me.
Posted by vinaya on 05-19-2017
Religion is supposed to be practised more for making us good human beings rather than giving us an identity. Rituals according to me do not help us to be good people. And that is where spirituality takes over.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-20-2017
Rituals in general are important to me, but they don't have to be religious, many religious rituals were made up by man and not the creator. I'm extra cautious when it comes to just following a religious ritual. I do my own research from non biased opinions
Posted by kamar19 on 05-19-2017
I follow the same lines as you. Rituals now have a commercial angle if you know what I mean. There is no holiness in rituals. As individuals we can have our own way to recognise God and stay in the attitude of gratitude for which we do not need rituals.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-20-2017
I agree and I also think religion has removed some of the spiritual concepts , and replaced them with made up concepts, it's sad that the word of god has been tainted by the lies of man in order to control the masses, if you eliminate 90% of the worlds problems, religion would have to be on that list.
Posted by kamar19 on 05-20-2017
I think religious traditions can give people comfort. I don't really follow any myself per se, but I guess certain things like exchanging presents at Christmas time, and Easter can be an example of a tradition that nearly everyone follows.
Posted by kgord on 05-19-2017
Exchanging gifts at Christmas time has little or no substance but it is just a form. There is more to religion than just rituals. Religion can last without rituals with a bit of spirituality. Individuals can very well practice religion without any rituals.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-20-2017
I was not raised in a religious family, and so to this day, religion and spirituality do not play a large role in my life. I appreciate the different cultures and viewpoints that are associated with the various religions, and I respect everyone's right to practice whatever belief system they choose. It just doesn't mean much to me personally, and honestly seems like a waste of time.
Posted by TheArticulate on 05-19-2017
Cultures do last without religion and culture does give one an identity. Having said that atleast till a child reaches maturity it is necessary that the elders set them on a path of righteousness and later they could choose whatever way they wantg to become good human beings where rituals do not play a role. .
Posted by iamawriter on 05-20-2017
Wholeheartedly disagree. It's completely possible to set children on a "path of righteousness" without the use of religion or rituals to do so. I'd rather not have my children live a lie until they reach maturity just so they'll follow the path I want. I'll be able to do so without religion!
Posted by TheArticulate on 05-20-2017
For that you need to spend a lot of time with them which in the normal course is not possible - just my view. Having said that I would not know how kids would like it when they are isolated from the rest of their peers.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-21-2017
I think rituals are important, period. They are important because they connect us with the past and the future. We engage in the same activities that our parents and grandparents engaged in and what our children and grandchildren will engage in. By engaging in the same rituals we can connect with the feelings our ancestors felt doing the same thing and what are descendants will be feeling when they engage in the ritual. The older the ritual, the most helpful it has been which is why the ritual is still around. There are rituals that bring unhappiness and those die out sooner or later. An example of a ritual that is long gone is the haircut all Chinese men were required to wear for three hundred years under threat of having their heads chopped off. It took a long time but that ritual was abolished in the early 1900s. There is another ritual that is currently under attack and rightly so as it brings lots of pain and unhappiness to teenage and adult females. And that is female circumcision. Male circumcision is probably here to stay as it doesn't have the same scarring and pain on men which are usually very young infants when it's done. So not all rituals are good but the good ones last from generation to generation.
Posted by DeeFree on 05-19-2017
Talking of rituals dying a natural death, more will join that list and that only goes to show human beings can after all live without rituals, those rituals which were once upon a time considered to be inevitable.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-21-2017
Religious rituals hold no importance to me what so ever. As of a matter of fact, I don't necessarily do too many religious things in my life since I don't find my religion to be a major factor of it. We shouldn't keep allowing ourselves to succumb to some unimportant event that will never truly benefit you in the future. Things like rituals are usually the reason as to why we end up fighting against other religious folks who might disagree with our ways. This eventually leads to war, blood, fighting, and killing which is happening today due to that kind of mistakes in the past. I think if you enjoy your religion then do the ritual if you find it important, however, don't try to force that same idea onto me just because someone has a higher expectation of me since we are in the same religion.
Posted by AWPEK on 05-19-2017
If one analyses a ritual there is nothing in there that will help an individual live a good life. In fact those who cannot follow rituals for whatever reason live in guilt because they believe in them but cannot practise.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-21-2017
Religious rituals are meaningless to me. They are in place to be broken or fallen short of doing and producing guilt and shame. I do believe in an organic relationship with God the Creator. I believe man tells us how much we should pray, how we should pray, how often we should read the bible, and how often we should show up to church. I believe an authentic relationship with God look much like a marriage. You give, you communicate, you freely love. No religious ritual or man will tell me how my relationship with God should look like. That's between me and Him.
Posted by Anonymous on 05-19-2017
That anonymous post above is mine. I forgot to log in when I commented here.

"Religious rituals are meaningless to me. They are in place to be broken or fallen short of doing and producing guilt and shame. I do believe in an organic relationship with God the Creator. I believe man tells us how much we should pray, how we should pray, how often we should read the bible, and how often we should show up to church. I believe an authentic relationship with God look much like a marriage. You give, you communicate, you freely love. No religious ritual or man will tell me how my relationship with God should look like. That's between me and Him." Jeff
Posted by JeffHart on 05-19-2017
Religious rituals does not matter at all to me because many of them are created by humans not the almighty. Yes I do accept the fact that these keeps us connected to the society and our culture but on the other hand I don't follow rituals which are leading towards Superstition. According to Holy Books WE WILL BE GOING THROUGH ALL WHICH IS IN STORE FOR US and we have to ready for all the good and the bad times of life phases. Other Rituals such as celebrations and prayers for universe are the once which I do with my whole heart, because either they for good cause or for someones well being.
Posted by Anonymous on 05-19-2017
Religious rituals keeps me on the ground to the earth and help me to be connected to society. Rituals of Festivals like Diwali and Easter are for good for the universe and even for well being of the ourself. Hindu by cast and follower of Jesus I do follow both Religions and I do believe in both religious rituals. But even I make sure I don't give a hand to Superstition.
Posted by Rutpan on 05-19-2017
What happens when youth migrates to another country where rituals that one practices in their own country are alien there.? But spirituality is universal that can help one stay grounded no matter where one is.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-21-2017
I believe that there is a universal God over us all. My stance is to give honor to and worship him because I believe that he is worthy to be praised. Apart I am not too in agreement with many of these various rituals and customs because most of them seek to single out a select deity which in the belief is the true ruler and try to dismiss other people's version of the creator as false. It this the should be the case, then one would have to be right and the others would be wrong. It's this separation in belief which has created so many wars because many people are mostly intolerant of opposing views. If everyone would have acknowledged in a similar form of the creator then probably we would not have so many wars, most of which are fuelled by religious conflict.
Posted by explorerx7 on 05-19-2017
I agree with you that religion divides and is often the cause of bloodshed but my emphasis here is on the importance or otherwise of rituals. Since you say religion itself is not healthy then discussing issue of rituals with you does not arise.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-21-2017
Ritual in religion is one of those features of any religion, it is an overall important aspect of a religion, a person who fails to understand his religious ritual is not a partaker of that religion. Religion preserve culture and traditional institution in any country inrespective of their status. Ritual rite of any religion keep it from going extinct and preserves it dignity.
Posted by EarlAlexander on 05-20-2017
The world is changing and with so many mixed marriages and migration to different countries I wonder if these rituals instead of bonding could perhaps act as deterrents to peace.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-21-2017
I am not a highly religious person therefore religious rituals don't mean a lot to me. I believe in things just not into a particular religion. I won't list reasons why because I wouldn't want to offend anybody. Everybody has their own right to choose.

I have a grandmother that is very religious though. She's a catholic that goes to church almost every day and has been since she was a child.

I really don't mind very religious people as long as they don't try to force it down my throat.
Posted by Mehano on 05-20-2017
I don't get too caught up in religious rituals. I'm more concerned with religious doctrine. Also, with having a relationship with God.

If these means I'm more 'spiritual' than religious, I'm okay with that. I'm not 100% sure that I agree though, since 'spiritual' can mean a lot of things these days. We also have to consider that there are different types (good/bad etc.) of spirits.
Posted by Zyni on 05-20-2017
Being spiritual has nothing to do with the good or bad spirits you are talking about. Being spiritual is to have a relationship with God without bringing religion into it and therefore rituals too will not have a place.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-21-2017
Well I take the word of God very seriously although I've hardly been to church in the past couple of months. I prefer much to worship at home as the people in church to me are hypocrites. Not wanting to get into to that but yea I take the word of God seriously as I try my best to eliminate any thoughts of negativity and try my best to go by God's commandments.
Posted by camshaq23 on 05-22-2017
I have discussed with some priests about how much time these rituals waste each day. That time could be spent may be by reaching out to the poor, visiting the sick and so on. Sometimes families need to spend time together but that time is spent in churches and that too not together. Looking at the world today there is no uniformity of thought on this profound subject.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-23-2017
Personally, religious rituals are not important to me at all just because I don't believe in any of that stuff anymore.
Posted by Sino989 on 05-24-2017
I think they're beautiful. It's beautiful how people can come up with these kinds of rituals. It just shows how creative people can be. These kind of rituals have influenced people in the past, and have passed it down to the present. I personally dont believe in religion but I find it beautiful that such activities like these brings people together.
Posted by rvnaclw on 05-25-2017
Religion has rituals but faith does not. Yes, I believe some rituals are important. They offer comfort to the grieving and help people focus, but it’s the one on one relationship with God that matters.
Posted by BettyB on 05-30-2017
I agree with your point. Religion is basically man made.In order to make religion sustain and keep people following religion, people created rituals. Most of these rituals are nonsense. Take example of fasting. fasting has greatly been recommended by religion. Do you think almighty will be happy just because you did not eat anything? What matters is you need to have faith, you need to believe that there is someone there who is watching you.
Posted by vinaya on 06-20-2017
I agree with you on this, I think religious people should also try to use their minds for god sake! imagine spending all day without eating something and doing that for a month, some people get serious health problem because of that, another thing is some religion beat people they sacrifice themselves by beating themselves that i wonder what is in these people's minds really! so I don't practice any ritual was able to survive a religious family and thanks to God now I'm free not to be religious.
Posted by Clara1993 on 07-04-2017
Rituals should be important to a follower of any path. The problem is that there are rituals that have been a tradition and have now become commercialised. Rituals make a religion. It is a way of worshipping and acknowledging whoever your God is. Different religions have different rituals and traditions which add a richness to any culture.
Posted by JMS on 06-22-2017
I think many people are attached to the rituals. And they don't move ahead in life due to that. As you can see that rituals are not going to define you. For me there is not much importance to the rituals. Instead I focus on what needs to be done. And I just do that. I think people have taken rituals way too seriously. And they are judging others based on that for sure.
Posted by overcast on 07-01-2017
I think that rituals are very important, and they revolve around the sun, moon, solstice, equinox, eclipses, etc. However, I think we should all pay attention to creating our own personal rituals. We should ask ourselves what we are just swallowing as tradition and what is really meaningful to us all personally. Going through the motions does give away a slave energy, I think, but owning your energy and putting it towards the ritual empowers you . If that makes any sense...
Posted by JoeMilford on 07-13-2017
We do have some important rituals that we must obey in our religion and this is: celebrating the Christ birthday by Christmas and celebrating his resurrection on the Easter holiday. These two are the most important rituals, there are much more as some names holidays, celebrating Maria the mother of Christ, etc. It is sad that not all respect these holidays anymore!
Posted by wallet on 07-25-2017
It is important for me to have special spiritual rituals to feed the need of my soul. It helps my belief and faith intact as I learn how to deal properly with other people. Some ritual improves my faith to abide what is righteous and how to live with purpose.
Posted by rogel on 08-23-2017
Religious person simply practice the traditional way of life. All in all, people who believed in God, and live according to his command, also a give you a blessed way of life. I am blessed that, I have this religion into my life. Because, it is part of my moral value to live, the ways of being blessed.

I am catholic, and proud of my moral values. Because, it teaches me the fundamental way of peace of life. A serious religious believer will always look, for peace and prosperity on one another. I love being on it, and die on it.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-31-2017
Gone are the days we never had a mine of our own, we have pushed around as sheep without a shepherd but today we are at liberty to do what we like and live life we deem fit.So basically I have dumped all traditions and rituals and I do what pleases the lord and my is simply good over evil and that's it.
Posted by lovely on 09-03-2017
Religious rituals can be followed if only they can be found in the Holy book. Any religious ritual that is human made is not supposed to be observe always. Religious rituals can only be observed if they are backed up by passages in the Holy book.
Posted by babyright on 09-07-2017
That will really depend on what you would call as rituals. I pray to God regularly and that can be called a ritual. I read the bible regularly and that is also a ritual. In that case, these activities are important to my spiritual life as they help nurture my faith in the Lord. However, if you're referring to rituals like lighting candles or passing around religious images among neighbors, these are largely Catholic rituals that have no part in how fundamentalist Christians expresses their faith.

Religion is a system of faith and worship. It it not exactly mutually exclusive with being spiritual. God is a spirit and he wants us to worship him in spirit and in truth, not in man-made rituals.
Posted by chatbox on 09-29-2017
I'm not sure what kind of ritual are you talking about but in our religion, we have programmes being followed during our worship services. The programmes are done accordingly in our every worship services and in all of our congregations around the world. Part of our worship services is the singing of hymns, prayer, the preaching of the gospel, and offerings. We also observe proper attire during our worship services. We wear clothes that is appropriate in that very special occasion. And these practices in our worship services are based on what the bible says about how to worship God inside His temple which is what we call nowadays as house/building of worship.
Posted by vhinz on 10-12-2017
I used to believe a lot in religion and the rituals that came with it and now looking back I feel kind of silly that I ever went through that phase. I would do a sign of the cross whenever it was supposedly necessary like I was taught but now that I'm older I can see that all of that was kind of like old wives' tales and there really was not much of a point to doing any of them. Thankfully those rituals didn't really cost me too much time aside from the boring masses that I had to attend, because had I spent more time on these rituals I'd really feel even more regret.
Posted by Wubwub on 03-13-2018
I think of myself as a religious person and I have a relationship with God a personal one. I'm not too big about traditions and rituals except when it's Christmas, Lent , Baptism and Weddings but the I don't really believe or practice anything else but those.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-16-2018
The statement that those who are spiritual have no religion really makes sense to me because there are so many different types of religions with different types of rituals. I really don't like it this way. I would have loved to say I belong to a certain religion but I have ever been in one and never felt any spiritual freedom. I prefer reading the Bible instead and believing in God.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 04-16-2018
I wouldn't say that I'm a very devout person, and therefore, I don't really have any significant religious rituals I follow. I do have some minor daily rituals though. Every morning and every evening, I sit down in my meditation area and meditate for thirty minutes. After my mind is calm and relaxed, I say a couple of prayers giving thanks for the good things in my life, and wishing well being to all people. These practices help me center myself and bring gratitude and positivity into my life.
Posted by Denis_P on 06-02-2018
I'm not particularly religious so I don't really have any rituals. I think just living a good life and being a good person is enough of a ritual and you don't need a religious affiliation to be able to do that.
Posted by amelia88 on 11-06-2018
I'm not really what you'd call religious but I do have a lot of faith in God. I don't know any rituals that is mentioned here. I don't think we have those. I just pray every time I can, and I listen to preaching. I try my best to live a good life, that's about it.
Posted by knnon on 12-10-2018
As a kid it's so important to me but as I grew up my skeptical mind just question everything and sadly I just find it unimportant or just something that my family believes in because maybe they don't have enough knowledge to question it, I mean I'm a Catholic but now I can't imagine how I've changed a lot about my beliefs in religion, I feel like religions are just made by humans and God is beyond that, I definitely believe in God because without him life would be impossible, we wouldn't be possible, the universe and everything would not be possible without him. So I believe in God but not Religions.
Posted by davedaot on 12-16-2018
I do follow some traditions because it's the norm, not following would label me as weird. Also I don't see any harm done in following religious rituals and traditions. They are symbols or acts of devotion which was practiced for hundreds of years.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 12-17-2018
I don't consider anything that I do with regard to my faith a ritual. My faith is a lifestyle. It's how I live.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 12-17-2018