The religion – How you are similar with followers of other religions?
by Prof. Kazem Vadafari, PH.D
You may have thought how your religion makes you different with other people. Here we will take your attention that how your religion may teach your similarities with other people with different religion. The history of religion is as long as human history and people have been always seeking for something ideal, powerful and perfect that has no example in human society or humans themselves.
This is to satisfy a need, an unavoidable need to worship the perfect and pure. The main reason is that we always find faults in ourselves. You may trace the roots of religious places deep in the nature, implying that the more far from the society the more purity is imaged by human. The different with the past is that humans have concurred the nature and we cannot find the pure nature everywhere as before.
Therefore, we lack the sense of religion or create new ideas and believes with religious label that is not even in harmony with religion nor the nature. We believe that religion is the solution to a common need of human beings.
However, people express their religions in their own way, language and culture. We believe that humans are parts of the same body. They are different and they complete each other accordingly. The more you believe in religions the more windows open to your mind to see the path towards the pure and perfect. No matter what you call the god in different religions, all are the ultimatum points that humans want to reach. They may not reach it but you will find the same path toward it and this is the mission of religion.
Yes moving toward the right path is the point, no matter you reach it or not. What is important is to walk in the right direction. In this sense, we are climbing toward the same summit but from different environments and times. No matter where we are born and climb in forest or desert or in a small island deep in the ocean. We are parts of united tribes. How you are similar with followers of other religions?
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Religion for me is one of the most important aspects in our lives.Religion gives us something to believe in. It doesn’t matter which religion we belong to, it’s the sense of belongingness and comfort that we feel that matters. It doesn’t really control us, but it sort of gives us a purpose in life that leads us to doing the right path. The most important thing about religion is that, it gives us something to fear for because no matter how many religions were there and the difference in the rules that we follow, the aims are just the same, which is to become a good person and live life the good way just like how our prophets did. Just the feeling of being scared to something and knowing that there is someone watching over you until you get through it is a nice feeling because you’ll always think that you are not alone and that everything happens for a reason. I don’t have anything against Protestants, Agnostics, Atheists and etc. because we have our own “free will” but compared to them, it feels great to have someone to look up to and to lean on whether we have problems or we simply want to give thanks for all the blessings that come to us. Religion is really a sensitive matter. I used to get offended when I was in high school, since I studied in a Catholic school, every time I am being asked about my religion as it is a private matter for me. But as time went on, I realized that answering those questions opens the minds of people who are unfamiliar with other religions. It enables us to think deeply and not stereotype others’ beliefs. For me, it saves us mentally and emotionally, especially those who practices yoga which is part of Hinduism. As much as I want to believe in the scientific explanation of scientists from all over the world about the existence of different Gods that we believe in, I find it really hard because I have always been a believer of the afterlife and angels which I find really interesting since the scientists have yet to explain this unusual and mind-blowing phenomenon. Maybe it’s just in our minds but it really depends on one’s beliefs. What’s more important is, at the end of the day, we all cannot be defined by the religion that we belong to but by our attitudes and the principles in life that we learned overtime.
There are a lot of religions around the world. They may sometimes have differences in their beliefs, but most of them have one thing in one common; they all believe in the Supreme Being. Religion and worship has been a part of every individual around the world. This serves as a guide in our daily lives and an influence for us to do good not only for ourselves but also for our neighbor. This also serves as our only hope and refuge in times of need. The question as to why there’s a misunderstanding among these religions is because of those narrow-minded people who are so devoted with their religion thus, cannot accept other belief. Defending one’s religion is not bad; the only thing that is bad is their way of defending it. Their defense sometimes leads to discrimination. They forgot to apply the teachings of their religions because all they want it to show to other people that their religion is superior, when in fact, one’s belief is not meant to be imposed; believing is more on willingness and openness. Acceptance and respect here is missing. If only people will learn to accept and respect one’s beliefs, then there should be no quarrel.
We have different kinds of religion, but we have the same god, there are different kinds of how we worship. Different on how we introduce ourselves how we approach, which we all have differences but still very similar in some ways, like how we follow our church rules. Strictly. (but some are not that strict to themselves anymore)It may be related to the intelligence topic too. It is a way to learn and know about God, how we perceive to everything around us. It is also a guide to understanding ones confusion in life.