Spiritual Sundays: Religious Tolerance

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Wishing everyone on the “Blogosphere” a very Happy Sunday! I will be doing a “Spiritual Sunday” post every sunday dedicated to religion since it does play an important part of happiness in our daily lives.

“There are about 2 billion Christians, more than 1 billion Muslims, 700+ million Hindus, 350+ million Buddhists, 150 million Atheists, 14 million Jews, etc. It would seem that religious tolerance is a necessity if we are going to get along. We need to be tolerant of those who have different religious beliefs. We should not hate and persecute someone because of his or her faith.”

Source: carm.org

As a Christian, I have in the past been faced with confrontations and intolerance coming from my closest friends and family, which was not only hurtful but also ethically WRONG. I do believe that as believers we are obligated to defend our faiths but not by insulting one another’s. I’m starting off this series with this topic to prevent future conflicts or differences.

Always keep in mind that:

<All of us have the right to our own faith and beliefs>

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With that being said, it does not give us the right to use our religion to discriminate against each other and forcefully impose those beliefs on them. Every single one is entitled to their own beliefs.

As the bible says;

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it”- 1 Peter 3:8-11

<Never blame religion for tragedies around the world>

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Every religion has its own best interest and blaming it for a tragic event is unfair. Some examples are; The war between Gaza and Israel, 9/11, sexual molestation of children by a Catholic priest. Religion isn’t to be blamed for these, people are. Just because a person has a grey hair doesn’t mean they are old. Just because you’ve never seen an actual human brain, it doesn’t mean its absent. Just because a person looks intimidating doesn’t mean he’s a criminal. Everything doesn’t always have to be black or white, that’s why “shades of grey” exists.

<Stop Judging!>

Apparently we all need to learn something from batman..

Apparently we all need to learn from batman..

Judging someone by their religion is as bad as judging them by their race. It truly bothers me to know that a 14-year old girl in an (unnamed) “International” school was told to sit in a separate table for being a non-vegetarian in a vegetarian community for religious purposes. That feeling of disapproval may have a psychological impact on her and make her question her own beliefs. It’s 2014 people, an open mind would be great!

<Love and Respect to Everyone>

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“All men are created equal” emphasis on “created equal” Instead of hating one another, give them love. That is the best representation of your faith and beliefs. Love is the common bond that we all share, cultivate it and let it flourish without bounds, conditions, reasons, excuses, intentions, obligations or expectations.

Sorry if this offended a personal opinion. This was in no way means of disrespect to anyone. As I said when I started this blog, I long for a better world with no hate or fright but full of joy and life. Hope this was useful and not too long! (oops)

PS: So Incredibly grateful for those feedbacks and encouragement 🙂 Please do not hesitate to leave more of those suggestions (negative/positive) to improve this blog. Future blog post requests are always welcome. Have a great Sunday!

Much Love,

-S

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