Religious symbols and the religious meaning of events serve to commemorate, celebrate, and honor spiritual beliefs. People may use these symbols as a physical representation of their faith or the principles that they live by. They may also be used to encourage participation in a certain activity or event with a deep religious significance. By understanding the importance of such objects and activities, we can appreciate religion’s impact on our lives and how it affects us daily (McLaughlin 2005).
One example of how people use religious symbols to represent their beliefs is through symbolism associated with Christian baptism. The act of being baptized represents death and resurrection from sin, which are core concepts in Christianity: “For I know that my redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; Job 19:25” (Bible Gateway 2021). When someone is baptized in water, this acts as an outward symbol representing all one has gone through since accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior—it’s a sign that one has died to self-centered ways and been reborn into new life. The imagery surrounding baptism often includes white garments for purity, oil for anointing, candles for light in darkness, incense for prayerful smells wafting up towards heaven (McGonigle 2011), etc., all meant to signify something spiritually meaningful within the context of Christian belief systems.
Another important example is Passover celebrations. This Jewish tradition takes place annually during springtime around April/May where families join together over a festive meal known as Seder (Klein 2012). During this meal special items like unleavened bread called Matzah are placed in front of each attendee with three sections broken off because traditionally Jews only had access to Passover rituals once every three years due to persecution (Sussman 2015). Along with Matzah there are several other symbolic items including salt water for tears shed by those who were enslaved during ancient times; parsley dipped into salt water which represents springtime renewal; horseradish root which stands for bitterness endured; charoset made from apples & nuts reminding participants about mortar between bricks laid by slaves building Pharaoh’s cities; karpas representing joy found even when faced with suffering—all these elements have spiritual meanings behind them tying back into freedom from slavery through God’s power over nature during Jewish history(Rabbinical Assembly nd).
These two examples show how religious symbols play an important role in helping individuals connect more deeply to their faiths while also providing reminders that our actions have consequences—and sometimes beautiful ones if we follow God’s teachings (Evans 2020). Events like baptisms or Passover remind us not only what our religions believe but why they matter so much both personally & collectively throughout different communities around world today!