Thursday, November 10, 2005

Different Religion

On the Martian Anthropologist, Martian's entry Who would Jesus torture? intrigues me.

I think that there are more commonalities amongst the major religions than there are differences. It's too bad that so many people have used the small details to decide that some people are okay and others aren't. Some of the details may seem large, like by what name they call their god, whether their god is male or female and whether they have one or many gods, but ultimately it's all in the details.

We are all striving to be more connected to something greater than ourselves. We are all ultimately striving for that unspeakable something that most closely equates to unconditional love. Instead of working on loving those around us, we have degenerated into insulting and making people who are different, "other" and therefore less human.

I think we are all guilty of it. We all have beliefs that we defend and those that we ridicule. It may be human nature. Perhaps if we can be more aware that that which we ridicule might be sacred to someone else, we can be more forgiving and work on being more interconnected. If we and we alone are right, then doesn't that create a pride that isn't necessary? Maybe everyone is right--even those folks that annoy us most.

2 Comments:

Blogger ThrO192 said...

I agree, I have my own theory that if there is a higher being then it is all the same one no matter what it is called or how it is worshipped. The importnant thing would be in acknowledging that it exists. I think that it wold be pretty pissed at all the poeple that decided the other ways to worship him were "wrong". But thats just me.

12:46 PM  
Blogger jane said...

very well said. i must admit, i'm guilty of this, but my alienation is towards organized religions. a few people i've met thru blogging have actually helped me start the process of not generalizing so much.
good post.

3:42 PM  

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