By Angel Luz
Why do Jihadists and Crusaders kill in the name of their religion? Why do they believe that their religion is the only true religion? What makes some Muslims believe that they know more than the infidels or Christians, the pagans? Why do they hate, persecute, torture, maltreat, subjugate, ostracize and punish those who don’t believe the way they do?
The answer is simple, really. First ask yourself: Are those who preach and do harm to others really following the teachings of their faith. Or do they in fact, misunderstand the teachings and misunderstanding, they do all the wrong things that they shouldn’t? Are they the masters, or are they really only the followers and students who are failing to make the grade?
Everyone commits mistakes
The founders and first teachers of all the religions preach good. But their followers, because they are only followers, students not yet graduates, do not, as yet, fully comprehend the divine teachings. And hence, they continue to commit error after error, doing more harm than good. This is not the fault of any religion or its founders, it is just the student being who and what he is – a work-in-progress.
The value of religious teachings
Religion is simply a set of instructions from God that if followed can bring us closer to Him, in the most expeditious manner, without us having to undergo more hardships, pain and suffering than are considered necessary.
Of course, many people prefer to live their life their own way. And that’s okay, too. All Paths lead to God, however different they may seem to be.
How do we learn anything?
We learn only as we experience. Man in the world is allotted the five senses. Based on our perceptions, we are able to draw some hypotheses. After subsequent repeated incidences and tests, we are able to arrive at our conclusions.
Every day, we learn more from which we build as we continue on with our life. We learn what is good by comparing it to what is bad based on their effects. We act or react and based on the results, we learn to do better.
Luz is a freelance opinion and content writer.