Religion and religious belief is a way of life for millions of people in the world. I am not a theologian but I guess that each religion teaches that love is better than hate and shows a person how to be a better human being.
The problem I have with religion is when it’s misused by governments, organisations and individuals to justify there own agendas. How many Generals over the centuries have said,”Ours is a just war because we have God on our side”, I suppose half of them can justify the slaughter of millions of people and claim that they were right.
The next problem I have with religion is how it’s interpreted; most religions derive from ancient text and have to be interpreted into modern context, the problem is that things get lost in translation and the original message gets lost or distorted.
When teachers of religion read a piece of text they will deliver it differently than the next person who reads that same piece of text, simply by putting a different emphasis and inflection on certain words will make that piece of text sound different and may even make it give a different message. Take this simple seven word phrase as an example, “I didn’t see him steal the money” read it seven times, each time put a greater emphasis on the next word and you will have seven different meanings to this simple phrase. So when a teacher says,”So what is really being said here is ………” it is just their opinion and interpretation on how that piece of text should read.
Don’t let the radical extremists spoil your religion; religion is love your neighbour, it’s about greater understanding, it’s about compassion, it’s about truth, it’s about respect, but most of all it’s about love.
Wouldn’t that be Heaven
Walking at my own pace,
I know where I am going,
I choose to walk a different route,
Yet you feel compelled to challenge me,
Why do you think your way is correct,
What if our destinations are the same,
Of life and deaths intriguing game,
Wouldn’t that be Heaven.
Geoff Higgins 2014