Religion is a funny thing. Not a funny thing in the context that you laugh or that it’s humorus. No, not at all. Religion is one of those things that’s always confused me. I understand why some people wants to believe in a higher power. It may bring comfort, or it could be a cultural thing, the way you’ve been brought up. Some claims that their identity is their religion. Not apart of it, but that it actually is their identity. That they’re nothing without it and I find that scary. You’re nothing without your religion but the religion will always be something without you. One more or less won’t make a significant difference, therefor you don’t make a significant difference to the religion, the belief. To depend on something that doesn’t depend on you, is scary to me. Though that might make me a coward or maybe ignorant even.
There’s hinduism, buddhism, judaism, christianity and islam, along with several minor ones that aren’t as well known as the ones I mentioned are. They’re the five world religions, all different and yet similar. Hinduism and buddhism have similarities, such as both believe that once you’re dead, you get reborn into something depending on whether or not you have good or bad karma. Which leads me to number two, both religions believes in karma, basically what comes around goes around.
Abraham is the forefather of christianity, islam and judaism. All those religions grew from him, more or less, and yet all of them claims to be the “right” religion and the others “wrong”. They have so many similarities and yet they all claim the other is wrong. Though that goes for all religions I guess, all religions believes it’s “the right” one. It says in the bible that to only pray and worship one God, and yet islam and judaism grew from that religion so isn’t God, Allah and Yahweh one and the same god just with different names and the rules, or guidelines, are said to make them stand out? The same god but with different names. Kind of like how some hindus says about their gods who believes that they’re all one god with many names whereas some believes they’re all individual gods each for specific things.
There’s people in all religions, and outside of religions, that doesn’t believe in science. That doesn’t believe in things that actually can be proven. That can be seen, touched or heard. Things that science have proven often changes sooner or later. Despite it’s purpose, science is flawed. There was a time where earth was flat and that the sun was circling around it, until it got proven wrong. I know, that was said given the knowledge we knew then. But knowledge changes, it’s not forever, it’s not a mass that never goes away or stays the same forever. Things science have proven are constantly getting proven wrong. There’s no consistency other than it’s not forever. As far as we know now, they’re facts, but when the fact gets proven wrong, it’s no longer a fact. It was then false information that everyone, well most, believed in but no one seems to have a problem with that. A scientist come out with a new “fact” and it’s embraced with open arms. Then some other scientist proves it wrong and people embraces that new fact with open arms.
Religion doesn’t change, it may get somewhat modified to society, but the stories doesn’t change. Jesus will always have been hung on a cross. Buddha will always have been a prince that later became a monk. Those things will never change, religion is consistent and yet it gets ridiculed. I’m not a believer of any religion, but I’m not a none-believe either. I believe, or I hope, that there’s a greater power but what the greater power is, I have no clue of.
I do find it cool that people can give so much of themselves for something they cannot prove. It’s not science, but unlike science it’s consistent. Believing in something that millions are claiming to be “wrong” or “silly” is, I think, admirable. It’s not easy to stand up for something you believe in, no matter what that is. Whether I or the majority agrees with it not. One should always stand up for what they believe in but never try and make someone believe the same thing as you do. I don’t think it’s healthy to try and make someone believe in anything. You either do or you don’t.
There’s no way I can claim to be a 100% educated about either religions, I’m not sure anyone ever can because it’s so individual. What’s right for one hindu might be wrong for another. That’s also what I think makes it interesting. One and the same religion have thousands and sometimes millions of layers and perspectives. There’s a lot I don’t agree with with all religions. But that doesn’t stop me from being fascinated with them and their followers or wanting to learn more.