Google is a good resource but today I need to voice my opinion, not influenced by Wikipedia or any other source. Actually I might need a dictionary to look up the meaning of religion, not that I do not know what it is but just to see what that word was supposed to mean. I have eyes and ears, no matter how low my IQ is some things are too obvious.
I have respect for all religions because of only one thing, they provide the guidance to seek God. It ends there. We all need to find that irrespective of how that religion define their God. Now when I say God to me it means the sense of understanding who you are and living a pure life. According to several holy books we were created in the image of God. The first step to understand God is understanding your true identity.
I don’t know how difficult that is but the moment you realize God you will no longer need to be told what to do, you will not do things just to make yourself look more religious or please your spiritual leader. God will guide you in every little thing and this is what I call faith. Knowing that you are fully covered and you do not need to worry about anything.
Some might confuse that concept thinking that if that is the case then you don’t have to go to work or cook because God will take care of all that. I prefer you see it like this, before applying for the job seek for guidance and approval, what might seem a good job to you might lead to self-destruction. This applies to everything else, this is what I call faith.
We must understand that all spiritual leaders are human beings, they are just like everybody else. I like to think of them as political leaders but more in a spiritual way. Having more spiritual powers does not cover all the flaws, just as our political leaders misguide us sometimes so can they. We need religion as we need independent states where we can live freely and have a sense of belonging.
If you are American it does not mean you approve all the policies of your country, you are a proud citizen who might even die for the country but as a responsible human being you will not support anything that you think is against humanity. This applies to our religions, being a member of a certain religion does not make you a die-hard fan, you must understand that you are also part of this universe and you need to protect it even from your own religion.
Many of us are citizens of where we were born or where our parents are from. Many of us belong to the same religion as our parents. Being born in Australia might give you access to a better standard of living than the one who was born in Malawi but it does not make you more entitled human than others. Why should your religion make you feel that you are more worthy and those who have not been lucky to be in that group are worthless?
I will leave you with these verses from the Bible for you to ponder.
Matthew 6:33; “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Luke 17:21; “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”