Religion divides earth

I once heard that in the Mormon faith, people who are not Mormon are not permitted in the temple or church. Then I became friends with several people who were Mormons, attended a memorial service, at a Mormon Church, and an aunt of mine also joined the church. I had a similar experience the Church of Scientology.

I attended a memorial service for the father of a dear friend and not only found it to be warm, caring, and exceptionally loving, but I learned that more than one of my friends were ordained ministers. I’ve always thought of myself as open minded and I considered myself to be without actual judgment or opinion about either religion. I was a little surprised at the things I learned, so I wondered what other misconceptions I had about certain religions. Religion has always been the scapegoat for the lunacy of man. It was the case in Salem Massachusetts, where people were burned alive if they were suspected of being a witch.

It was the case when racists burned (or sometimes still do) crosses to display their disdain of blacks or other non-whites, and it is the excuse given by those who make it their business to show disrespect at funerals for fallen soldiers who have served our country and had been identified as gay. In this and other similar instances, the blame was Christianity. In an age where media is more prevalent than ever, where in instances, disturbed nut cases make it hard to distinguish truth from their purpose, and especially in the wake of the cowardice and horrible shooting in Orlando, Islam is perhaps the most common blame.

But Islam is no more to blame for the division among us than Christianity, or any other religion. We have to take responsibility for what we consume. We can’t always control what the media attempts to feed us but we have a say in what we choose to consume. Much of it starts with the perfection in which our spirits walk as we enter the world. We feel anything is possible and unless given or taught a reason to do otherwise, we treat people as they treat us.

The curiosity and innocence of a child can teach us much. If we would simply retain an honest desire to learn about and from each other, and to give in to the power of questions rather than statements. I recently learned that the great poet Rumi, was not just Muslim, but specifically from, a sect known as the Sufi. He was a practitioner of the art or prayer known as the whirling dervish.

The Sufis welcomed people of all faiths, including Christianity, to learn this form of prayer and art. I had heard of Rumi, but I had never heard this information before so my most common question was, ” what else don’t I know”? What other misconceptions may we have of others and more importantly about ourselves? When we attain a childlike, sincere thirst to learn about each other, good things happen. The world becomes smaller and a better place. In the case of Rumi and the dervish, I never knew any of this, though I heard the term whirling dervish, I  would have never associated it with religion. Just under 24 hours after learning of this, part of me felt like I knew all along. But we have to be open. To be open, we need to just care, much like our children teach us. 


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Check your facts: There were no “suspected” witches burned in Salem. Twenty people were eventually executed as witches, but contrary to popular belief, none of the condemned was burned at the stake. Google it yourself and see.

    Exaggerating the sins of Christianity is just a rhetorical device to create the illusion of moral equivalence between religions. By their deeds you shall know them, so please review the modern list of Islamic horrors: https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/attacks/american-attacks.aspx.

    It would be a wonderful world if everyone shared Judaeo-Christian values, but not all religions do, and one in particular likes to pretend it does, while seeking to conquer and subjugate. And that certainly causes a division among us.

  2. Islam is not primarily a religion. It is primarily a system of governance. The religion was the pretext “sent by God (Allah)” and therefore unassailable. You cannot question or oppose the system of governance because it was sent by God. It also allows for the most horrific acts (raping children, beheading men, women and children, etc.) because God said so in their religion.

    Since you seem like a simple person (and truly hoping we can all just get along) I’ll give you a simple test:
    What happens when a Christian follows the leader of Christianity, Jesus, more closely? (Answer: They become more peaceful and loving)
    What happens when a Muslim follows the leader of Islam, Mohammed, more closely? (You should research this yourself (start with the Hadith) but of course the answer is the murder infidels, rape children, etc. ISIS most closely follows the teachings and example of Mohammed. Precisely the opposite of what Obama, Paul Ryan, the Media, etc. try to tell us. Please look it up for yourself. It’s not that hard…

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