I hope you’re well and good today?
So of late, I’ve been in my feelings because I lost some loved ones this year, but still trying to be strong too.
Yesternight, I read an article, which was about religion. In this article, they made it seem like a certain religion was the best and gave reasons why everyone should join their particular religion. I smiled, then said to myself, religion, indeed, is very beautiful. There’s so many meanings to the rituals carried out in different religions. Feeling fulfilled, I began to think, and then I remembered something my lecturer said in class one day. He said that catholics always act like they are the ‘holiest’, like they are the only ones that would go to Heaven. I became defensive, because I was raised in the Catholic Church and therefore, I uphold the beliefs of the Catholic Church but I did not accept my lecturer’s statements. Honestly, I kinda felt his statement was quite blasphemous, and after many failed attempts to debunk his statements, I finally agreed to disagree with him.
Back to yesternight.. so after this memories crossed my mind, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud because I remember being so defensive. Then I began to think, for a lecturer to have made such statements, there must have been some very valid reasons as I believe, what comes forth through the tongue has usually, been incubated in the mind. I began to think, what the possible reasons for those statements could be. Although it seemed like a harmless joke, I began to see some valid reasons to support his statements.
Religion? What is religion? I would have defined it according to the dictionary or a famous writer, but unfortunately, I am not very sure some of the dictionary definitions can apply in our world today.
Religion, (as usually believed by most people) is the belief in the worship of a supernatural being. This ‘supernatural being’ is usually being worshipped to take away the sorrows and fears of mere mortals, and not to do the opposite. In our world today, we have different religions, fighting against each other. Some believes that they are holier and superior to the others, the other is convinced that alcohol is devilish, some others engage in human sacrifice, and some frown on the consumption of meat or animal carcas.
It’s unfortunate that some of this religions and their beliefs have created so much division in the world, to the extent that, in other to prove a point or to ‘appease the gods’, they go as far as shedding the blood of animals and even humans beings.
Religion, I believe, is not supposed to be so extreme. As much as I strongly respect the different beliefs and religions of people, I can boldly say to you today that I do not worship religions, but there’s one thing that guides me, although I am not even close to perfect, (even though I still try my best on becoming a better person), I believe that there should be a strong sense of good and evil, which is usually referred to as ‘conscience’, in the sense that there should be an understanding amongst human beings on how to treat each other, accordingly.
This humane treatment, I believe, is not supposed to uphold a certain religion but because we are humans and are supposed to treat each other as such.
This is my belief in which I do not seek to impose on you, but to only share. I am open to your feedbacks, feel free to comment and recommend some useful articles or books on religion for us to discuss!
I hope you have a great day ahead guys! Stay safe! x.x
P.S: I don’t still agree with my lecturer.
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