Thursday, May 24, 2012

Coexisting

For years now, I've been arguing with "judgmental Christians" who mostly have a narrow view of the world and society. It became my mission to "correct" them -- as well as to protect those who were confused, belittled and hurt by these so called loving Christians. I still try to protect those who are hurt by religious and judgmental people, but there's more to it. There's the understanding of other people's "religious truth". The fact that religion in itself, spirituality in itself, has no scientific evidence, which is ironic that they call it "truth". I guess it's to make a much more persuasive impact on mind control, or perhaps brainwashing. Although my faith (my truth) cannot budge due to someone else trying to convince me otherwise, I no longer try to convince people to ~walk this way~.  God gave us all a choice. It's not up to me to point to whichever direction, because who knows, maybe my direction isn't the best path for that individual. It's my personal path. I just read a piece by a brilliant poet and writer named, Mark Durfee. His post reminded me of a past argument I had with someone who claimed they were "Mulsim, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Atheist and Buddhist". She also said she was a "black lesbian Christian man". You can read more about that post here. As you can imagine if you have either read me before or know me in person, I was highly confused over this insane 'logic' and challenged her on what she meant by that. My mind wasn't as opened as I would have liked it to be.

The concept of claiming all religions is basically accepting all people. I took the meaning literally, as in saying, "You can't be a Christian and a Muslim". I couldn't wrap my mind around it. Even in my book, I had a section about "fortune cookie religions" as I called it, and how I don't believe people of different religions should pray together. That's just me. I feel to be stronger in your faith as a Christian, you should pray with others (or alone if you choose) of  the same practice. By nature, we're highly influenced and sometimes persuaded on practices and religions that are more accepting to us. Many develop a mindset of -- 'well this religion doesn't believe this is okay to do, but this religion is okay with it'.  Who am I to judge anyone who believes differently? Although my faith is still the same, I no longer argue about the complexity of another faith. I simply just accept and learn from people.  Mark pointed out a very important portion that I failed to understand. He said, "When I say I believe all religions guess you can say I also believe none of them. Buddha said live well by treating others well, Jesus said the same, even Mohammed said the same. But that is human life, mortal life."

Isn't that what life's all about? Thanks, Mark.

Tweet for the day:

We are all different colours & religions but we have something in common; the Earth. We have nowhere else to live so just learn to accept!


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6 comments:

The Elephant's Child said...

I would describe myself as non-religous. However, I try to lead an ethical life which essentially means treating others well, just as Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed would recommend. It works for me, and I do try not to be judgemental.

Deb said...

Someone I knew who was atheist once told me something I never forgot. He said that atheists don't do 'good deeds' for others to get into some sort of paradise or to please a "god" -- they do it because it's genuine. Kinda neat concept, right?

the walking man said...

I just want to walk the road set before me. I can do it in any number of ways, using any number of terms but there is only one spirit that created all so no matter the name a culture puts on that spirit, the simplest truth is God is as God knows him/her self to be and nothing else. We can make conjectures but it is better to simply walk the path set ahead of you smell the flowers that look good and bad and the ones that stink...well then you know not to put your nose in them again eh?

Be Well Deb.

Anonymous said...

Islam calls for submission to Allah and admits that: Moses, Ibrahim, Jesus and Muhammad were all messengers. Islam does not delete all facts, but builds upon them. Unchanged and protected by Allah for more than 1400 years.

And mention in the Book Mary when she withdrew from her people to an eastern place, (16) and she took a veil apart from them; then We sent unto her Our Spirit (Jibreel - Gabriel) that presented himself to her a man without fault. (17) She said, 'I take refuge in the All-merciful from thee! (18) If thou fearest God... He said, 'I am but a messenger come from thy Lord, to give thee a boy most pure. (19) She said, 'How shall I have a son whom no mortal has touched, neither have I been unchaste?' (20) He said, 'Even so thy Lord has said: "Easy is that for Me; and that We may appoint him a sign unto men and a mercy from Us; it is a thing decreed."' (21) So she conceived him, and withdrew with him to a distant place. (22) And the birthpangs surprised her by the trunk of the palm-tree. She said, 'Would I had died ere this, and become a thing forgotten!' (23) But the one that was below her called to her, 'Nay, do not sorrow; see, thy Lord has set below thee a rivulet. (24) Shake also to thee the palm-trunk, and there shall come tumbling upon thee dates fresh and ripe. (25) Eat therefore, and drink, and be comforted; and if thou shouldst see any mortal, say, "I have vowed to the All-merciful a fast, and today I will not speak to any man. (26) Then she brought the child to her folk carrying him; and they said, 'Mary, thou hast surely committed a monstrous thing! (27) Sister of Aaron, thy father was not a wicked man, nor was thy mother a woman unchaste.' (28) Mary pointed to the child then; but they said, 'How shall we speak to one who is still in the cradle, a little child?' (29) He said, 'Lo, I am God's servant; God has given me the Book, and made me a Prophet. (30) Blessed He has made me, wherever I may be; and He has enjoined me to pray, and to give the alms, so long as I live, (31) and likewise to cherish my mother; He has not made me arrogant, unprosperous. (32) Peace be upon me, the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I am raised up alive!' (33) That is Jesus, son of Mary, in word of truth, concerning which they are doubting. (34) It is not for God to take a son unto Him. Glory be to Him! When He decrees a thing, He but says to it 'Be,' and it is. (35) Surely God is my Lord, and your Lord; So serve you Him. This is a straight path.

Anonymous said...

(36) But the parties have fallen into variance among themselves; then woe to those who disbelieve for the scene of a dreadful day. (37) How well they will hear and see on the day they come to Us! But the evildoers even today are in error manifest. (38) Warn thou them of the day of anguish, when the matter shall be determined, and they yet heedless and unbelieving. (39) Surely We shall inherit the earth and all that are upon it, and unto Us they shall be returned. (40) And mention in the Book Abraham; surely he was a true man, a Prophet. (41) When he said to his father, 'Father, why worshippest thou that which neither hears nor sees, nor avails thee anything? (42) Father, there has come to me knowledge such as came not to thee; so follow me, and I will guide thee on a level path. (43) Father, serve not Satan; surely Satan is a rebel against the All-merciful. (44) Father, I fear that some chastisement from the All-merciful will smite thee, so that thou becomest a friend to Satan. (45) Said he, 'What, art thou shrinking from my gods, Abraham? Surely, if thou givest not over, I shall stone thee; so forsake me now for some while.' (46) He said, 'Peace be upon thee! I will ask my Lord to forgive thee; surely He is ever gracious to me. (47) Now I will go apart from you and that you call upon, apart from God; I will call upon my Lord, and haply I shall not be, in calling upon my Lord, unprosperous. (48) So, when he went apart from them and that they were serving, apart from God, We gave him Isaac and Jacob, and each We made a Prophet; (49) and We gave them of Our mercy, and We appointed unto them a tongue of truthfulness, sublime. (50) And mention in the Book Moses; he was devoted, and he was a Messenger, a Prophet. (51)
Listen to this audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8TbhhvM-bM

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o70qFKIodwU

Lesley Hazleton on the Koran