There are so many beliefs, it would take months to speak about each of them. Still, each person has conviction in their belief system. How easy is it to believe?
Wondering about this very thought -I pondered.
Atheist -those who do not believe in anything beyond their own power. This lack of belief seems the scariest for me. Can we truly place our faith in nothing? Can we be assured that out of nothing, came something? If man is so brilliant and almighty, then let’s do it again. At least then, when this world crumbles, we have somewhere to go.
Hinduism -Believing that a god is in everything. I like the idea of everything being so precious we regard its life with dignity and care. However, if god is in everything, then is there really anything we should hold above ourselves? I love animals, but I can’t look upon one and be assured it created me with divine absolution. Thinking upon this -it seems like a sweet thought.
Judaism – There is no doubt in my mind, as a Christian, the Jews were the chosen people of God. I can’t excuse them for not accepting Christ, the Messiah, but I get a portion of their doubt. When you consider their understanding of God, he was powerful in their fight to defend themselves against other nations. He brought them great power, and wealth. Then, Jesus comes along, and offers them salvation, not from mankind, but of themselves. It doesn’t sound quite as thrilling as the power and wealth deal. God seems to be continuing his covenant with them, as many Jewish men are still leaders, with wealth.
Muslim -It is always hard, when your God makes a different choice in the one to lead men home. The people who follow Mohammad, through Ishmael, are still fighting for what they believe is their rightful inheritance. I am saddened by a belief system that encourages one to take the lives of innocent people, (including their own children) in their fight for God. Personally, this religion is very scary.
Buddhist -This religion seems the most fun. I’m not kidding. Think about it. When you die, you get to come back, again and again. I am always telling my kids, “This is my only journey among the human world. I intend to live it, completely!” If you believe that Buddha is the all knowing, you know that life will renew itself over again. Just be careful, you don’t want to come back a snake! I love reading what the Dahli Lama has to say. To be with people, and only feel peace and love in your heart -well, that is what Christ teaches. The Buddhist Monks are great teachers!
I recently learned about New-Age Religion. Many are claiming this religion is followed by Oprah. In today’s world, we seem to be against a God that punishes us. If you follow this belief system, you will mentally believe you are free from sin, and the natural fear we have of the devil, will vanish. Wow! That was easy. Why didn’t I think of this one a long time ago? Oh, I forgot -its because the devil has been trailing me all my life. Yep, if he isn’t real -he sure is awfully good and making me believe his is right next to me. I just assume not believe in his horrid power, but there it is -I do!
Christianity – Of all the religions, this one may seem the most difficult. Why? Because, we just have too many unanswered questions. Why do children die? Is cancer a punishment? Why do I have to live without my mommy? What is pain and suffering all about? Why would you send me to Hell, if you love me?
One God, the creator of all, and a savior!
Sounds to impossible, to believe, huh? I know it seems difficult to wrap our brains around the idea that a seemingly, mere man gave his life, so we would be freed from our sins. How could the God of the Jewish nation, knock off entire tribes of people, be the same God that would have Jesus teach us to love one another, as he loves us?
Isn’t it just too hard, to place that much faith in this belief? I don’t think so! When I compare the love of Christ with God in a cow, a mouse, reincarnation, hate, killing, laws that are impossible to obey (doomed to fail), and that nothing, absolute nothing, can create all of this -with supreme forethought, I will take one God, and praise my savior, for dying, for me.
Thank you, Father!
I don’t have all the answers. My grandmother once told me, “If God wanted us to know everything, he would have told us in the beginning.” I told my grandson earlier today, “God gave us amazing brains to figure things out, but some things are best left unanswered.”
Maybe, you believe in something totally different, like witchcraft, the devil, or the black stone of Mecca that fell from the Heaven’s thousands of years ago. We all believe something -even if that belief is to believe in nothing. Christianity may be hard to understand, but I think…all I really want to know is that through Christ, my sins are forgiven, and death only means stepping into my eternal life.