“How can we help others …

“How can we help others to know the truth if we don’t know it ourselves and are not willing to look at the world outside of our own perspective?”
- Gotten from Life on a potters wheel

http://lotpotterswheel.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/are-you-smarter-than-an-atheist/

I think that’s the problem a lot of us have. The ability to accept opinions and views that are totally different from ours. I believe this is the reason for so much hate in the world, religious extremism,and misunderstanding between individuals. Everyone believes they know what the truth is, and they refuse to hear other versions of it. The religious believe that their own religion is the true way, and that those in other religions are bound for hell. How on earth they got this theory is beyond me. How on earth they’ve managed to pass judgment before God has done so, is absolute madness. That’s why you see people killing others in the name of religion, and worst of all, in the name of God.  Same goes for the atheists. They believe God doesn’t exist. If you believe He doesn’t, then its fine! But don’t regard others with beliefs as fools.

I believe we are all entitled to our beliefs, but that doesn’t mean we cant apply some theories from other religions, and other beliefs. I am a Muslim, but that doesn’t stop me from reading some chapters in the Bible. That doesn’t stop me from reading Buddhist quotes, and the teachings of Lao Tzu. If only we could be more open minded, more accepting. We claim we know, when we know nothing. If you claim you know your religion, and that it preaches about peace, and tolerance, PROVE IT. Not just by going to the church or mosque or temples, or even in the way you pray or cover your hair. It must reflect in the way you treat others. And not just others like you, but others different from you. You must tolerate their beliefs, no matter how absurd. Who knows, if you were brought up the way they were, you would have been like them, or even worse. But not many people think like this, do they?

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4 thoughts on ““How can we help others …

  1. You’v seen the truth and you’v seen the light of the truth…its all about justification, trying to prove that my fathers religion is the way and the only way and people think the only way to do that is to make others seem bad…islam does not have to be proven wrong in other for christianity to be right. Well done mariam nice work……

    • Well done mariam! Seems like u just knw the very disturbing thought ma mind and heart has always battled with. No one knws the yardstick GOD will measure our deeds wth when the day of reckoning comes and they seem to forget also that GOD says he’s d all-forgiving! We all are just trying to perfect what we are made to believe or what we were taught is the truth! But as human we feel as if we are in a competition with each other! If only we could all be open minded as u recommended and accept other peoples opinion, the world will be a much better place

  2. Agreed. One thing I have come to realize is that the world is a perception that is viewed differently based on our background, experiences and knowledge. And we are all spiritually blind to some degree. It is just like the story of the blind men that were asked to described the elephant. Some that touched the trunck says the elephant is long. Some that touched the leg says it is hard. Those that touched the ear says it is flappy. Whoever has sight and sees the whole of the elephant will know that all these attributes are correct. Same is life. All religions are correct if we can understand that they depend on individual perceptions. So, we must therefore tolorate them all.

    • Perception can be deceptive, and i believe we should just take things as they are. Its hard, even for me to accept and even tolerate some beliefs. Infact its easier said than done. But I do try very hard, and end up succeeding to accept them. In the end, it makes the world a very interesting complexity. Thanks for the comment :)

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