Religious Beliefs and Spirituality in Lebanon
Like most countries, the supporters of Lebanon religion are variegated in nature. But unlike most Arab countries, Lebanon is exemplified by its immense religious and cultural diversity. Christian-Muslim dichotomy is still the most prominent faiths in Lebanese’s society. It is the backbone of the Lebanon religion. Its religious connection clouded the Lebanese’s social and economic considerations. Religion for them reflects the political sympathy in the country over religious stability and serves as a tool to the distribution of authority. It plays a decisive role in Lebanon’s political and social life. In addition, it has given augment to Lebanon’s most continual conflicts.
Although it gives great importance to its ceremonial practice of worship, religion in Lebanon determines the social and political status and the identification of an individual. It is a way of knowing who has greater power, benefits and posts, and advantages. The presence of sectarian groups divides the beliefs and is responsible for teaching the faith and practices to different Lebanon religions. It binds its members to acknowledge their commitment to the teaching of faith within their common location. Each of the sectarian groups has its own agenda, political culture, and leaders. The Muslim sect comprises less than 60% of the total population, whereas the Christians form the remaining 40%. Christianity is categorized into different sections: Churches in Lebanon, Monasteries in Lebanon, Maronite Church and Lebanese saints. As for Islam, it is divided into four Muslim sects: Shiites, Alawites, Sunnies and the Ismailis. Also, certain ethnical groups exist. Some to mention are the Kurds, Armenians, and the Jews.
Even if Lebanon is a secular country, their principle for family, matrimony, divorce and birthright or inheritance are still handled by the religious authorities in lieu of a person’s faith. Lebanon religion is not just categorized in one or two single types for Lebanese have diverse religions and each of these religions’ ways and standards are given importance.