When Religion is Division, Faith is Unity

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There’s something I want to say that may be controversial or what have you, but I feel needs to be said. Before I say what I want to say, the reason for this rant is because of a discussion I had with a friend who seems to have people in her life leave her because of the differences in religions and beliefs. I may not be an expert on these topics, but I will say what I want to because, frankly, I am privileged to live in a society where that has yet to be taken away from me. And if you want me to cite my work, I say F’that!

The state of the world and the civil unrest are due to the idea of superiority- one religion is better than another, one race of group of people are better than another, if you make more money than someone else, you are a better person than someone who makes less, and so on… These are examples of divisions we place on each other to determine our importance in life. Having pride for who you are and what you are is completely fine, but what isn’t fine is the idea that you think you are better than someone else because of these things you are proud of. Be proud, but do not allow your pride to degrade someone else. Advancing yourself should not be in the expense of suppressing and oppressing everyone else.
My second thought is my idea on religion. 

My personal belief on religion is that it is a dividing factor in everything that we do, say, and believe. And because we believe strongly in that religion, we automatically believe that we are right and everyone else is wrong. Although I may identify myself as a Christian/Catholic does not mean I will cast out anyone who doesn’t believe in what I do. And I am willing to admit that I am not the ideal Christian. And if you asked me to cite a verse in the Bible verbatim, I wouldn’t be able to, but I can tell you a concise summary: To love God, you must love one another. If you don’t love one another, you don’t love God… What brings people together isn’t religion, but faith. Faith is understanding and accepting of all people. Religion identifies these differences and forces people to “hate” because they are different. 

I don’t care if you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Atheist, Agnostic, or whatever. If you are a good person, you are a good person and I am willing to be your friend. I know there’s going to be Christians who are all about “converting” and say that it is my duty as a Christian to “spread the Word and multiply.” It’s not something I set out to do because I believe that everyone has their path and they are free to believe how they do. Also, I found my way to my faith on my own. I was not coerced to it. So, it is my belief that everyone will find their own “salvation” whatever that may be. To my Christians, it’s “love thy neighbor,” period. Not “love thy CHRISTIAN neighbors only.”

Last thing I want to say is that I do not want to debate or have a heated discussion on my beliefs or what I’ve said. You are free to leave comments, place your own “reaction” emojis, or you can not be my friend because you don’t like what I have to say. It’s your choice and I will respect your decisions and your beliefs.

By Erbin M. Baradi

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