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Sunday, June 11, 2017

2143 Religion

" Imagine, with John Lennon, 'a world with no religion'.

Imagine no suicide bombers, no 9/11, no 7/7, no crusades, no witch hunts, no gun powder plot, no Indian partition, no Israeli/ Palestinian war, no Serb/ Croat/ Muslim massacres, no persecution of Jews as 'Christ-killers', no Northern Ireland 'troubles', no 'honour killings', no shiny-suited bouffant haired televangelists fleecing gullible people of their money ( God wants you to give till it hurts). Imagine no Taliban to blow up ancient statues, no public beheading of blasphemers, no flogging of female skin for the crime of showing an inch of it."
-Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)
There is no bad religion, but there are only bad people!
Followers of each religion, are indoctrinated to feel that their religion is superior to others and want to have hegemony over others using force. They die or kill for their religion but never live by the principles of their religion. Mankind has transformed one God into many religions. When each can realise that, God has no religion and all religions are born out of regional cultural differences and all are different paths leading to one God, then there will not be any conflict.
As Rabbi Rami Shapiro said:
"To me religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or say as well in another; and the more languages you learn, the more nuanced your understanding of life becomes.
Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multilingual.
In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence."
Live and let live!

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