"Its like we are all on a mountain. Each of us on differant parts. You might be on the other side and only be able to see rocks and shrubs while I might see a vast forest. But its all the same mountain. We just have differant ways of seeing it. You're not wrong and neither am I. It's just that we can only see that side of the mountain"
This is my view on the religions around the world. I have studied many faiths/religions and have had the opportunity to discuss religion with followers of many belief systems. They all have a similar goal: to be more godlike. I grew up in a Christian church, and I was taught that God lives in all our hearts. That repeated sentence made me ask: If God lives in our hearts, then are we all not all God? If we all hold God in our hearts, then we all have the ability to do for the benefit of mankind. We all want to love, care, and do what we think is best for out fellow human. I have come to the realization that not every person knows or realizes this. Some people have been so controlled by people full of hate, that they have forgotten how to be good. Anger and agression is part of human nature. We forget that humans are animal, too. We share the same basic emotions as the rest of the animal world: sexual desires (in all their forms), anger, and basic survival instincts. Through religions, we learn how to do and be good and how to make moral choices. I believe that through thousands of years, man has twisted faiths to meet their needs and to control the masses (like shepards keeping their flocks of sheep in line). The Bible, as most of us know, is the most translated text for the longest period of time. There are umpteen versions and translations, which means that things can get easily mistranslated. I have read the bible at least three times, and I think it's full of contradictions. Don't get me wrong, it's a great story book, but I don't put my faith in it. I also don't put my faith in a man we know as Jesus. He was a great storyteller though. So to a guy that could be fun with around the campfire with Hans Christen Anderson and Dr. Suess while making S'mores.
I may live my life with my worldly ways. I do unto others as I would have them do unto me. I put my faith in doing good and being helpful with the good people and the hateful people of the world, as I believe hateful people need to be directed to the light--it's their decision to follow the path to it.
Yes, I may fly off at the mouth sometimes (in reference to my first post in this thread), but when I can get myself to shutup and listen to people, I may have something intelligent instead of something smart to say. Control of one's tongue is a discipline I have never been good at.