Blast From The Past – About Religion, Acceptance And Love

I often think that talking or writing about religion is a hot iron. Opinions are strong when it comes to that subject. And yet it’s something that affects and moves all of us in one way or another. Here’s a blast from the past about some of my thoughts in regards to religion, acceptance and the love we should share.

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I might get myself into dangerous territory here. But there is one thing that I need to get off my chest. Actually I already did a little while ago with this post. So just for being clear: I’m aware of the fact that religion is really important to many of you. I’m aware that you believe and that you gain a lot of strength out of it. I’m aware that your believes helped many of you through really hard times.

So I thought it’s time for some lists.

Maybe I start of with a list of things I don’t understand in regards to religion:

I don’t understand why it should be your way or no way.

I don’t understand why everyone needs to believe in the same god or thing in order for this world to be in balance.

I don’t understand why I have to justify the way I see it, the way I believe it.

I don’t understand why some people get aggressive just because you don’t believe the way they do.

I don’t understand why some people take it upon themselves to force others into believing into the same thing they do.

I don’t understand, because if your god is the way you say he/she/it is, then all of this should not be necessary. We all would be welcomed with open arms, everything would be forgiven and we would be loved, no matter what.

How about a list of things I believe in:

I do believe too. But I don’t believe in having to go to a building in order to be good. I don’t believe in having to read a book in order to be good. I don’t believe that rules written by people centuries ago have to be followed to the dot nowadays in order to be good. I don’t believe that you have to repeat a ‘poem’ written in the words of someone else in order to say thank you or in order to be good.

I believe that there is something out there that created this beautiful world, something that created us, that looks after us. Something that makes this world go round and round.

I believe that we have to be thankful for the beauty we see every day. Our life, the people in our life. This world.

I believe in saying thank you. But I want to do it in my words.

I believe in mysteries and in magic. I believe in miracles.

Some thoughts on the side:

I think that religion, which religion does not matter really, is unfortunately used as a tool of power and control nowadays. Probably always… All the different books with all those stories and rules, which were written by amazing people many many many summers ago, are used to control. Are used to brainwash. And I think it’s a shame.

I feel very rarely are those words used to make the world better. Look around!

Instead of teaching that loving each other, no matter if heterosexual or homosexual or any other possible way, is a good thing, as long as you love each other and treat each other with respect. Unfortunately too often it’s used to teach that there is only one “right” way… Why? I ask you! Especially the ones that deeply believe (in whichever religion). I do have some questions for you.

How about a short list of questions:

Why is it, that people can not freely decide who they want to love and spend their lives with? Why does it have to be heterosexual?

Why is it wrong to believe in other gods, or nature or whatever tribes or other people, other cultures believe in? They believe in something good, something great, something unique too…

Why is it, that there can only be one god? And why is it that God can not also be Allah or Buddah? I’m aware that the stories written in the books those religions use are not the same. Having said that… they are pretty similar in some cases…

Why is it, that you can follow all those rules and then be a racist?

Some thoughts on the side:

Religion should be about love and acceptance, right? Where is the love and the acceptance for the people who decide to believe slightly different?

Now, I’m not saying that just because you read the Bible and go to Church (or the Koran and Mosque or whatever…), you are not living love and acceptance. This is just generally speaking. Some questions that I have for a while.

For me personally, I don’t see the point why I have to go to a building on a specific day, or that I have to pray on a specific time or in specific words. There is something out there and I am so thankful for what I get from it. I feel close to it in nature, when I see my children, when I look around, realizing how amazing this world is. And I say my thanks. In my words, in my way.

Does that make me a bad person?

I highly doubt it.

I think what this world needs is more love and more acceptance. It’s love and acceptance for each and everyone of us. We need to learn to be kind and accepting again. Not overpowering or dictating. We should look after each other instead of trying to control each other. There should be more together and less against each other.

Sounds a little bit like a pipe-dream… But still: How nice would it be, right?!

Peace

57 thoughts on “Blast From The Past – About Religion, Acceptance And Love

  1. Religion teach us about peace and love😊 I do believe that every religion are teach us to do good things in life. not just accepting ,but also Learning ! and everyone can found their own way.πŸ˜†β€

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  2. OMG Sandra! You know me. With every line I read my smile got bigger and brighter. I got goose bumps and tears of emotions in my eyes. That post is amazing! Simply amazing! The flow and the power of a message that I couldn’t agree more!!! There is not one religion for everyone but for sur God is there for everyone, however he is called. And everybody is allowed to believe what they want to believe, because every path is different and perhaps even needs a different belief.

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  3. I found you through our mutual friend Erika. This is well done and very pertinent in today’s times. On several occasions, I have heard panel discussions of various faiths and the key messages are very similar around treating each other like we want to be treated and taking care of the environment the supreme being gave us regardless of what name we use. Many thanks, Keith

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  4. This is a great post. I get heartily sick of religious fundamentalism, which is what you are talking about. In some countries there is little or no religious freedom, and the people can’t be blamed for following that which they are told they must follow, but in countries where we have that freedom, I believe that those who preach the need for heavy rules and tell us we should adhere to a strict regime, do so because they feel lost without tight boundaries. They are clinging to a strict father who will punish them if they are not ‘good,’ and that’s very sad.
    In the western world, many of the advicators of strict religious rules are addicts, or those who have been lost in a maze of one kind or another. No wonder they turn to an exacting God. They feel safe with him.
    Although I’m not one of them, I am pleased to know many people who enjoy worshipping together, and who share the same religious beliefs, but they embrace the spirit of true Christianity, trying to practice love and compassion for all. The concept of Jesus is a good one.
    If I worship anything, it is the Universe that made all of life possible. My church is the air that I breathe, and my congregation is the collective consciousness.
    Again, this is a great, thought inspiring post.

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  5. I think I’ve seen religion from both sides now. I love your post, Sandra. It speaks to so many of us who are disillusioned with “faith” as it has been defined, but choose to live our lives with love, acceptance, forgiveness and humility. Bravo. Well done. I am honored to be your friend. πŸ’•

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  7. Amommasview,
    I enjoyed your post. Erika Kind shared it and I am glad she did. It is very discouraging that the very thing (religion) that is trying to teach people love and kindness, tends to instead separate us from one another. My favorite line and the one that hit me the hardest was, “We should look after each other instead of trying to control each other.” I love it and will keep this with me always.
    ~ Karen

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  8. This is Everything. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers to the mysteries of the universe, but I’m in awe of it. No one has all of the answers but we all have the ability to be kind to one another.

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  9. Excellent post. Unfortunately there are always going to be “Christian” or members of other religions that are arrogant enough to believe it’s their way or the highway. I’m embarrassed to call myself a Christian these days. I just follow Jesus’ teachings about how to treat one another.

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  10. Our Creator, or God, or whatever you want to call them, never created religions. Man created religions. Man wrote the Bible/Quran. Man corrupts whatever he touches so how are we to really accept them all as truth? I can’t believe our Creator, who created all this beauty and good in the world, wants us to kill each other in his name. You’re right, we need to just love one another and accept everyone as they are. I believe that was his original intent, to live and love. We’ve just distorted his plan for us for whatever reason. Very good blog! If more people start questioning how things are done, maybe there’s hope for us yet.

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  11. I agree with everything you say bar two slight differences.
    1. I don’t believe there’s anything out there that made us. If there was, he isn’t good to let the innocent suffer so much. Young children who haven’t had the chance to sin killed in wars and children abused as well as partners beaten.
    2.. I think the good books were always written by people with the intent to control. They would have said they were the only representative of whichever god was flavour of the week and we must all listen to them.
    Other than that you were word perfect and your questions brilliant. We have the opportunity to be anything and to advance ourselves all the time and yet we choose to be savages who kill our own kind never mind the other species. Peace isn’t much to ask for our children and generations to come.
    https://lorddavidprosser1.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/the-12-month-dream/
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  12. Got here from lbeth1950 and liked what I read. We are in complete agreement. I knew as a child that everyone had a different path and way of being and that there was a place I came from. I always told my children when we went to one church or the other that to take everything they heard with a grain of salt but these people who loved and supported us were an extended family and families don’t know everything. In my searching for answers, I came across Abraham Hicks who says exactly what you are saying. It was the first time I’ve heard it explained in clear terms that even quantum physics agrees with . Religion was a path to another path. I walk my own now. As should everyone. Find the path that feels the best to your feet. Sit awhile and take in the view. If it no longer feels comfortable, find another. Just be happy. Enjoyed reading this. You said better than I ever could.

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  13. BEAUTIFUL thinking. Thank you so much. These things we all know in our hearts … It makes perfect sense. One thought though is that the Supreme Creator would never cause harm … It is man who mucks things up. Having designed man/woman with freewill,the Creator does not interfere. Karma makes sense. Whatever good we do comes back to us in some way, likewise harm. There are common golden rules in all religions … treating others as we would like to be treated is a good starting point for all and if only we could do it we would have a perfect world. LOVE is all. And the greatest power in all worlds. So glad I have found you and I did so after searching for the poem I AM NOT OLD I AM RARE. X

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