What does the word Religion stand for? How should a religion be like? Should religion be a reason to discriminate us or unite us? Do everything related to the religion rightly interpreted before passing it on or not? Is whatever that is being served in the name of religion absolutely correct or are we being misled? Above all, Could there be a Primary Universal Religion followed by every human being?
Well, these questions do trouble me every time I think about religion or I am a party to a religious debate (which I actually never enjoy). By way of this blog, I have tried to find out the answer to all such questions and clear my stand on the highly sensitive issue called as Religion. I hope this blog serves you with some food of thought to munch upon and decide for yourself if there is even a slight possibility of a Primary Universal Religion or not.
What does the word Religion stand for? – Let us refer the dictionary to find out the exact meaning of the word religion. A religion is “A strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny” (Reference: Word Web, the free dictionary). This definition lays emphasis on Strong Belief and Supernatural Power.
So, for any religion to flourish the first requirement is that the followers should strongly believe in its principles, which is a deciding factor at times when a choice has to be made between the religion or anything else for that matter. Secondly, this strong belief has to be on a supernatural power/s that is competent enough to control even the human destiny.
Hence, after analyzing the above mentioned definition it could be construed that “Religion is solely based on the strong belief of humans on someone or something that possesses power/s over and above the natural capability or in simple words the power/s that is beyond human potential, the ultimate motive of which is to control human destiny”.
Herewith, let me be very clear that I do believe in the existence of a power that empowers us with the much-needed strength and energy to exist, whether you call it a God, Nature, Energy or for that sake anything else, it doesn’t matter to me. However, neither I believe in blindly following anyone or anything, nor do I advocate the blind faith. Blindly following anything, as per me, is nothing but insulting our sense of reasoning.
How should a religion be like? – As per my personal view, every religion should have two basic characteristics i.e. Freedom and Openness. A religion should first and foremost give the freedom of choice to the humans. Teach the right things and then leave it to the people to decide, based on their good sense, that which way they want to go. Forcefulness should never find a place in the religion.
At the same time, the religion should always be adaptable and open to embrace the much-needed changes with time. Do remember that “Change is the only thing that is Constant”. Anything that doesn’t change with time loses its very relevance. Sticking to something just because it’s being followed since ages could not be a logical justification by any stretch, to keep following it even though it has lost its relevance in the present time.
Should religion be a reason to discriminate us or unite us? – As a matter of fact, every religion talks about staying united and it should definitely be like this only. It’s we, the people, who have misused the religion as a weapon to discriminate humankind.
To be very frank, there are people who very strongly claim that religions (obviously, other than theirs) teach us to discriminate and treat others inferior. Apparently, such people never have any supporting authentic religious scripture in support of their false claims. If asked, they confidently assure us to show the proofs against their claims but alas they never turn up with the same. Keeping aside such people and their false claims, there is no doubt that religion should always unite and never divide.
Do everything related to the religion rightly interpreted before passing it on or not? Is whatever that is being served in the name of religion absolutely correct or are we being misled? – I, very strongly, believe that none of the religions existing on the planet earth preaches anything bad about any other religion or being.
It’s either the wrong interpretation of the teachings mentioned in the holy scripture of the respective religions or else it’s the malicious intention of the so-called contractors of the religions, who try to feed poison in the minds of the innocent people by brainwashing them with wrong teachings, in the name of religion to mislead them time and again. Trust me following all this would lead us nowhere near to being a human.
Could there be a Primary Universal Religion followed by every human being? – This is a very valid question which needs to be answered at this stage, in absence of which this whole write-up will be incomplete. Yes, there could be a Primary Universal Religion to be followed by every human being, which is always kept over and above the Secondary Religion that is either being inherited by birth or adopted by choice of the respective individual.
Irrespective of the religions we follow, let Humanity be our Primary Religion. Let all other religions be secondary to humanity. I don’t know if I am daydreaming or what but I do hope that it turns out to be a reality sometime soon. If we all take a pledge to keep Humanity above everything else then it will surely be the Primary Universal Religion one day. Humanity is all about being compassionate towards the feelings of all other living beings. And that’s how a religion should be like, isn’t it?
Well, I urge everyone out there to give it a thought and if you agree then you are most welcome to the Universal Group of Religion named as Humanity.
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