Well, having a particular faith in my environment implies that you’re also having a religion in which you adhere, also in doing the chores that particular religion orders you to. And those chores happen to be bound by certain cultures where the religion sprangs.
And yet, if you think it through, isn’t it a bit like monopoly in which just to approach God you have to do those things? or believe in certain doctrines as the sure way of salvation? Whatever it is that you chose to believe, it’s something which sometimes dull your mind, justified by faith. Those religions or sects are just like administration data. Individual faiths are just too diverse to be contained within specific rooms.
Is God, which I choose to believe to be existent and real have to be approached by those norms, customs, traditions, and teachings? Is the omnipresent, omniscience God really narrows it all to particular sects? I mean, how naive it is think that particular group is deemed to be saved whilst others are not. It is only God who has the right to deem so.
In saying this I do not mean that I have anything against a particular religion or anything. I just don’t like Organized Religion where personal faith of each of those adherents must be politically directed to certain goals. The goals, which I believe some to be true and worth the cause, are however too polluted by goals which make certain individual dillematic of how they live.
We’re all dynamic human beings, capable of doing everything we can think of. We’re not to be limited by what we believe, in fact what we believe should push our boundaries to live our life to the fullest, to the betterment of self and others and the world. Don’t let those people, just by deeming certain things to be a or b, enforce you to think like them. Remember the words of Kierkegaard:
What matters is to find a purpose, to see what it really is that God wills that I shall do; the crucial thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.
Thus, by this post i promote secularism in its simplest form, in putting our faith as personal as possible and not bringing it up close to the public unless the essence of it happens to bring good to others. In this also I put my stance that those who keep their religion and those who do not, are in no way inferior to others if compared. We’re all human beings. We’re all equals. We’re all different only in functions and responsibilities. And it is very much debased if one of us think himself higher than the other just because he/she have specific identities (which is not earned but given).
Above all, adhere to the Golden Rule:
Do not do unto others what you don’t want others do unto you, and do unto others what you want others do unto you.