reply to post by LABTECH767
For the past few years I have been reading the religious texts and holy books of all the world religions. Lots of books and not enough time so it is a
slow process and I have been reading the Koran but until there is 40 hours in a day it well be a while before I finish reading them all. And from what
I have read and learned, all religions except Buddhism (so far) have horrific stories in them in which humans commit atrocious acts upon one another
in the name of the religion that they follow.
I was not defending a religion but the people within the religion: the innocent ones who practice it. Not everyone is bad because they follow a
certain religion. Alongside the horrific stories in all these religious books, there are stories about great compassion and care which show the good
people are capable of doing. And that is what I was hoping to point out. A lot of these religious books have similar stories and it seems it is the
idea of being part of a religion is what corrupts people. Think of it as divide and conquer and sadly a lot of people are like sheep/lemmings, not
thinking for themselves or trying to find answers from more then one source, but instead going with the flow of society and the norms which dictate
People are good and can be good but it seems religion is what tends to corrupt people, which is why I no longer claim a religious affiliation. This is
not something most people can do or be willing to accept/do, mainly because of fear and uncertainty.
A lot of people seem to have issues with other religions which are not of their own and if you need to be upset at someone, don't be upset at
everyone that is part of the religion but perhaps the leaders of the religion. Those who have the power to change things for the better but choose not
to. And please do not say that it is the people who vote in these leaders into power because that is not always the case. Corrupt people will do
corrupt things to get into a position of power or remain in a position of power. Ballot stuffing is not a new thing nor is rigging elections.
I just ask that those who are mad or upset at a religion, to keep in mind that not everyone who practices that religion is bad or cruel. A lot of
people wish to live in peace and harmony. Is it really fair to be mad at kids because they are part of a religion? Do they really have that much
choice as to what to practice and what not to practice? People are conditioned all the time and brainwashed to do or follow an idea. Kids are innocent
and easy to manipulate. Taking out ones anger on a child because they are part of a religion is good how?
By pointing out that there is good and bad to all religions I was merely showing that we should not be quick to judge or be closed minded to the fact
that no religion is without fault or barbaric history. The hate and anger needs to stop or the cycle will continue.
As a side note, I use to consider myself a Christian but no longer but I continue to live my life by the teachings of Christ. I also have lost family
to countless wars and battles. I am a mix breed, probably one of the most diverse individuals out there because I can almost trace my bloodline to all
parts of the world, with the main bloodlines being Mexican and Korean. I have served my country in the U.S. Air Force and I have lost a cousin and
friends who fought in Desert Storm and in the conflicts since Desert Storm. I have lost a Korean uncle who was killed along the DMZ (North/South
Korea), a sad tragedy because my grandfather was from the North and my grandmother the South. A civil war in which families are fighting families much
like how the American Civil War was. But is there hate in me for those who killed my family members? No, instead I feel sadness, sadness that this
cycle is continuing with no end in sight. If anyone has a right to be mad or filled with hate it would be me but I do not, because that is not life is
about or should be about. And to continue to see so much hate from people amongst one another because of the simplest of things is beyond sad. Most of
whom have never been directly affected by these wars/conflicts yet wishing to hate on others merely for the sake of hating because they are different.
A sad state of affairs for humans.
These are just some of the reasons that had compelled me to write what I have and had. In hopes that this cycle of hate breaks or for just a few to
walk away from it and live life as it was meant to be lived.