An incident recently jogging my mind into thinking about a VERY important question: Is it more important that you believe or WHAT you believe?
The incident: In preparing a facility with a meditation or prayer room the questions came up as to what to call it or rather WHAT can you call it if all religions are to be “O.K.” with the name? IT WAS DECIDED THAT THE ONLY THING IT COULD BE CALLED WAS A “QUIET ROOM”. THEN: The plan was to include a stained glass angel in the quiet room. Turns out an angel might invoke Christian thoughts and therefore would not be appropriate.
My first reaction was revolutionary! Like well that’s just too bad! Go somewhere else for help then! I really don’t see how anybody could be offended by an angel! I thought “angels or “angel like beings” were represented in all religions. Seeing a picture of an angel or a figure or a stained glass angel doesn’t focus on a religion to me, it just signifies a “Holy” being that brings comfort and peace to anybody whatever their belief is!
RELIGION OR THAT YOU “BELIEVE” IN SOMETHING?
Religions around the world believe that unless you believe in their religion you are wrong. You are condemned to whatever HELL their religion has to punish the sinners of the world.
I see this attitude as arrogant, short sightedness, and horrible wrong.
How can truly religious people believe that an all knowing GOD or Supreme Being would be so narrow minded!?
I believe that there are many paths that lead back to the “throne of GOD” and that all people are allowed to choose the right road for them to take. All are “armed” with GRACE and Forgiveness and all the time it takes to make the journey HOME!
Finding the right path will be another blog topic soon.
Having said all of the above, the bottom line is this: you will never be able to please everybody….try, try as you might.
Do, say what you believe is the truth and if it offends someone, say you are sorry and ALSO that you AND they are allowed to believe whatever they want to and not to insist that either is right or wrong!
Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!