My View On Religion.“Though the meaning of religion cannot be fully encompassed by any single definition, the ingredients of faith, a need to belong, and a desire for transcendence are perhaps present in every form of worship.” (Encyclopedia of Worship) This quote says everything that religious people need to realize. No one person will ever truly know if his or her beliefs and ways are correct. It is impossible. True, if one believes ever so much that what they practice is the path of righteousness, letting in the thought that different ways could be right instead of their own is a horrific image. Shouldn’t we all be a little more open-minded?
Opinions, differences and variations is what makes the world such an amazing place. How does anyone have the right to tell another that they are going to hell because their beliefs are not right? No one has that right because no person will ever know until they die. It would be logical to think those who are religious would accept others but that is not always the case. Exposing others to ones personal religion is perfectly sensible; but to tell another that they are going to burn because they do not agree with you is obscene.
Whether you believe in Buddha, God, Allah or whomever, you believe in some common ground. As the quote says, a need to belong is a main ingredient in the recipe of practicing a religion. If we all took this to mean something then a common ground between different believers would already exist. To believe that everyone that does not practice the same religion is wrong is to be completely ignorant, it is nearly impossible for every person in the world to be exposed to every religion and then choose to follow the so-called “right” one. How then can it ever be considered that those who will not be taught the “correct faith” will go to hell?
All “God” like people in each religion express a creature of kindness, acceptance, truth and love. Therefore, even the “creator” would not be so quick to judge another based on what their faith is. Isn’t the purpose of truly believing in a religion to be the best person one can be while trying to be more like the “creator”? Based on that one thought every person would be loving and accepting of others, even those who believe differently. I am not suggesting you abandon your faith, for that would not be right, but to merely think that hell is not a place for people who practice faith unlike yours. Be open minded and kind to all; that is what should be thought of when talking about religion with one who believes differently than you.
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