Do not speak to me about your religion. I am not interested. It doesn’t matter to me that you fast for Divali, or Lent or Ramadan. These rituals are only part of our service to God. Every religion teaches that helping our neighbour is of extreme importance for our salvation, and for our belief in our Maker.
Christianity. Galatians 6.2: Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Islam. Hadith of Bukhari: The best of men are those who are useful to others.
Hinduism. Bhagavad Gita: “Through selfless service, you will always be fruitful and find 3.10-26 the fulfillment of your desires”: this is the promise of the Creator….
Taoism. Tao Te Ching 81: The sage does not accumulate for himself.
The more he uses for others, the more he has himself.
The more he gives to others, the more he possesses of his own.
The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.
The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
Buddhism. Guide to the But if I use myself for the sake of others
Bodhisattva’s Way of Life I shall experience only lordliness.
Confucianism The man of perfect virtue, wishing to be established himself, Analects 6.28.2: seeks also to establish others; wishing to be enlarged himself, he seeks also to enlarge others.
So do not tell me about your religion if your religion means going to a place of worship to recite, pray or sing. Do not tell me about your religion if your religion means fasting at various times of year. Do not tell me about your religion if your religion makes you think that yours is better than someone else’s. Do not tell me about your religion if your religious leader tells you about the tenets you should follow. Do not tell me about your religion if it means you prepare sermons every week. Do not tell me about your religion if you sing in your house of worship every Sunday.
Instead, show me how you live your life. Show me how you help those in need, without being asked to or forced to. Show me how you ease someone’s pain and assist them in any way you can, when you have nothing to gain in return. Show me how passionate you are about your God, by the care you show for those in need. Show me what your religion has taught you about honesty and integrity, humanity and compassion. Show me that your religion teaches you that discrimination on any level is not the work of your Maker. Show me how you treat those in your care and those who are not. Show me that you say good, do good and think good, rather than posting about all the good you do.
My grandfather was not a religious man. He followed the rituals of his religion by force mostly. He believed that it was all just customs, the less important part of what religion truly is and should be. He didn’t just speak to me, though I listened well; but he also showed me, and I observed well. He taught me that religion was how we lived our lives. True religion was reflected in how much we help others, regardless of what it took from us, because if someone needed our help, we already have more to give than they do. He taught me that ‘too much’ did not exist when it came to helping people.
So when I encounter people who have the means, but refuse to help others, it is something I do not understand. When people make a decision, because it is a choice, to NOT help someone in need, I cringe in disbelief. I understand that we were all raised differently. I do not understand why we need a religion to tell us what is right or wrong, good or bad, selfish or selfless, compassionate or inhumane. If we NEED religion to teach this to us, then we are already lost and we have already failed our God. We were all born with inherent goodness in us. The world, life, our upbringing, our experiences all help to shape us. Some are shaped into something much worse than when they were born and others grow into something better. Whichever way we go, it is a choice. We choose who we want to be and what we want to do. Going to Church/Temple/Mosque is quite easier than helping people in need. Posting about how much me help others really do feed our egos, so much more than it helps to feed hungry mouths.
Our actions are the only true reflection of who we really are. The way we live our lives is the true reflection of our religion.
So do not tell me about your religion. I am not interested. I am interested in you showing me what your religion has taught you instead.
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