Can religion have a positive influence on lawmaking?
People are beginning to question the positive impact of religion in society. However, like so many other things, religion has a positive and negative influence on lawmaking (where the positive outweighs the negative).
Religions have expanded and have had a major impact on moral standards over the years. Government and religion are comparable to a couple who occasionally find it difficult to coexist but discover they cannot do so (Toxic, you may think, but it is true).
Both religion and government require their independence to thrive, but history has demonstrated that neither one benefits from a total split.
They go along parallel but dissimilar rails. They are most successful and effective when they support and encourage one another.
In this article, we will look at religion’s positive influence on lawmaking. However, before that, let’s look at the definition of law, lawmaking, and the process of lawmaking to understand the topic better.
- 1 Explaining lawmaking
- 2 Why does religion have a positive influence on lawmaking?
Law reflects the social norms, values, and beliefs of a society. It reflects the prevalent belief system in that society. Meanwhile;
The lawmaking process in a country is the process through which it makes laws and passes them on to its citizens.
This is in three steps which are explained below.
After someone in the government proposes, it goes through several drafts with an independent group of lawyers to ensure that it complies with all applicable laws and regulations.
Once this has been done, it is submitted to the legislature for approval before being enacted into law.
Once a law has been enacted, it must go through several more rounds of review before becoming final. This involves further legal analysis to ensure that nothing in the new legislation contradicts existing rules or laws.
Once a particular piece of legislation has been passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president, it goes into effect immediately.
Now how does religion makes a positive influence on lawmaking?
Why does religion have a positive influence on lawmaking?
The practice of religion has positive benefits on social interactions and behavior, including reductions in welfare reliance, crime and delinquency, alcohol and drug misuse, suicide, depression, and low self-esteem.
The positive influence of religion on lawmaking can be seen in various ways, such as the following:
Help guide the thought and behavior of man
Religion directs human thought processes by providing answers to questions like “why are we here?” “what is life all about?” “what will happen after death?” etc., helping people make sense of their lives and find meaning in them.
Religion guides human behavior through its teachings about morality, proper conduct, and ethical conduct. It also gives direction to human thought processes through its teachings about morality, proper conduct, and ethical conduct; it also.
Regular religious observance is among the most effective factors in reducing unmarried pregnancies. Lawmakers should be very interested in this, given the epidemic of unmarried pregnancies, its repercussions, and the enormous social and economic costs to federal and state budgets.
It helps us to make moral choices.
Religion helps people to know what is right and wrong. Religion answers the question of what is right and wrong when people do not feel they can find out through logic or deliberation alone.
If you are religious, you can ask God for guidance in making decisions, and you will know if your decision is right or wrong.
Religion helps us to be fair and just in the judicial system. Its principles tell us to respect the rights of others and treat them with dignity and respect. Our religious principles tell us not to steal or kill others.
In addition, religion also teaches us that we should treat others as we wish them to treat us.
Religion gives us a sense of community.
Religion teaches us to be good people. “Be good, do good” is the motto of most religions. The more religious people there are, the better they will treat others because they must answer to God.
This makes us feel good about ourselves because we know that we are not alone in this world, but other people have similar values as ours, and we are willing to help each other when needed.
Religion offers comfort and hopes when we are sick or injured.
Many religions believe that when one lives a good life, one will be rewarded by God in heaven after death. This gives people incentive to work hard during their lifetime to get into heaven after death.
Religion provides us with meaning in our lives.
We all want something more than just living for ourselves; we want something bigger than ourselves! When we believe in something bigger than ourselves (like an afterlife), our lives feel like they make sense and life is worth living!