We are all taught the same things, on several different levels but the same things nonetheless; and we are all familiar with the metaphorical story of two people looking @ the same glass and one perceiving it as half-full while the other sees it as half-empty. I’ve found that people who use their various religious beliefs to separate the right from wrong…saint from sinner engage in the half-full or half-empty thinking. Though they ALL refer to themselves as serving THE ONE TRUE GOD, there exists this belief that their religious affiliation is THE ONLY ONE THAT MATTERS. Why is that the case when we all are capable of understanding that such beliefs don’t unite us?
As much as I wish the religious sector could exist in harmony with each other, I know that won’t happen. How can it when we can’t even get our homes in order? There are mothers and fathers that punish their own children because their beliefs, opinions, mannerisms, and mode of being are not compatible with their own. If only they can all understand that we are all individuals and our paths are SO different. Hence we don’t need to believe in the same things…just each other…I know it is scary when someone compels us to question our values, spirituality and ideologies as they undermine your religious stance, but if they took the stance that we are all the same, wouldn’t it make things better?
The sum of our knowledge and life experiences is the foundation for our beliefs and the choices we make. The religious positions we take and the ideas we have as a result are valid, important, and worth holding onto, but NOT @ the expense of other religions. When we look @ religion with a half-empty consciousness, we perceive a gain and think that the other half of what others believe is what’s missing. If they are to make the shift into half-full consciousness, they would need to imagine religion as an empty glass…without Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism etc. and see just an empty, open space waiting to be filled with a little something from EVERYONE!