Over my time here, one thing has become quite apparent.
God is too big for one religion… There are far too many similarities between religions for this not to be so… And yet, as human beings, we ignore the vast similarities our religions have with each other and choose instead to focus on the differences that exist between them.
The reason we do this, is because in our hectic lives we have chosen to institutionalize religion. We pay money to it’s keepers, and because of our action, those accounting for it get wealthy … Therefore, it stands to reason, that their self-survival must have, or simply need,… a method to keep that cash flow coming. If they cannot look to their own continued positive benefit to society in order to justify those incoming dollars, they must then invent and demonize some enemy to force those dollars’ arrival instead….
It works. It’s worked since the beginning of time…. But, despite all attempts of kings and politics to use force to impose their heavenly ideas upon others, the idea of a monotheistic God, which at its conception was accepted by only a handful of human beings, has evolved to be the major belief of mankind.
We call Him by different names. This big planet used to be full of small insular communities. Knowledge was not widespread. Each society had to use a different interpreter to define such vast, broad principals to us with our noses to the grindstone. Since each society was different, each interpretation had to be different as well.
But today, as we globe-trot and intertwine with others from a different perspective, it is obvious that when it comes to how we see ourselves in life, we all see ourselves about the same… We love our children, we follow in our families footsteps, we die and hope there is something beyond, and we all understand that doing good for others is more rewarding and helpful than doing what selfishly pleases us… We also all believe in some form of destiny.
Our fight with other religions, appears to be brought about by each individuals unwillingness to compromise, listen, or understand… The act of shutting down all communication and resorting to fighting instead, has huge economic benefits. For one, it keeps money flowing through those arms dealer’s fingers. Perhaps it’s time now that we accept the root of our problems and evolve away from continuing to do what we’ve always done, and instead start making such communications dealerships Verizon, Blackberry, and Comcast, .. rich instead….
Those individuals who immerse themselves and intermingle with other religions, come away not so quick to dismiss them… Once armed with the knowledge that others are not really that different from us after all, it seems to become rather hard to justify taking their life because they are not exactly like you. Mankind’s true enemies are not those outside our community who think different than we do. Oh, no. Mankind’s true enemies are those actually among us who stir up trouble, who refuse to seek to understand, who refuse to discuss all options, who refuse to compromise one iota, and who refuse to accept any other alternative other than the eradication of those they don’t agree with. The problems we have today are not with different religions. The accountability of all hostility, rests solely upon those who manipulate religions for non- religious ends….
So…. 2000 years ago a child was born. That birth had been forecast for a least a thousand years. At that time, the world was not a good place for good people… there was hope this child would change that… He did.
Today, we should jump that hope forward. There are more of us with outward reaching minds, than with inward reaching ones. It’s time to roll over them as if they don’t even matter.
Once again, the holiday season brings hope, that Mankind can again be poised to move forward in time.