I read something today and felt extremely upset about it. I deeply feel that the grappling misunderstanding that exists against another person’s religion and belief is something that starts from within that community itself. The way followers promote and impose their beliefs to the public, to each other, is usually through their own understanding of the teachings, meaning it is only their OWN take from it. What happens is that this often warps and changes the actual meaning of what is being taught in that religion.
I personally don’t believe there is any bad god, only FAKE ones most likely created by evil people. It’s people that take the teachings of god in the wrong way that go on to soil the name. I’m not going to mention any, we probably all know some examples. Those within the community might be able to identify the mistake, but to the outsiders who aren’t a part of the religion or belief, they will not give an extra second before labelling the entire group as “evil” or a “cult”, especially when the misunderstanding start to cost lives. It’s really saddening, especially when religion is supposed to be beautiful and life-saving.
For me, religion – or what I’d call it is “spiritual beliefs”, don’t only give life meaning, but it is a form of inner healing and a way of life. As the generation moves on, the clear line between right and wrong has fucked up to no end. The only vaguely pure thing left to educate people how to live by is religion. To believe in something greater than this world, karma, destined relationships etc, it helps one live bigger, even when they’re not in a good place. There’s never an excuse to be a bad person, whether you’re a liar, cheater, murderer or thief whatever no matter what sort of tragic past you’ve had – but who teaches you these things? Who teaches you, that when you get hurt, it doesn’t mean it’s okay to hurt others? Certainly not schools, not even your parents.
The point is, it doesn’t matter if religion is not for everyone, but “to each their own”. It’s just horrible to see hostility as a result of misunderstanding, and even more to see death as a consequence due to followers of a GOOD religion acting foolishly. I will never impose my beliefs on others, not because I think it’s wrong, but because I need to take responsibility for what I do and say.