I've been reading some of the debates going on here between Christians and Atheists, and sometimes Muslims, and the one thing that really annoys me is the lack of disrespect people have for each other. People regard themselves with a certain superiority knocking down the other person's personal belief system without regarding the paths they have walked and how they got there. It's petty, uncaring and childish.
In the age of our very old universe humans have been here but a small fraction of time in a small space. You or I are one of about 7 Billion people on the planet living different social norms, experiences and environments. Our lives at best life span 120 years and will with fallible minds that do not think logically about our environment. Even our top scientists are in many disagreements about how the world works, the formation and the structure of the universe and so on.
At the end of the day what we believe, we do so by faith. Faith in what we have seen, felt, touched, been taught. We make up our minds of what seems the most logic, or even just appealing to us, and the we formulate our belief systems based on that.
There are great philosophies and memes both within and without the religious circles. Some ideas are exemplary and there are heroes both within and without the religious circles. There are also villains, such as Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler, who are used as examples to discredit a whole thought of thinking, unfairly I think.
Evil people will take ideologies that people find are good and wholesome and twist them in such a way as to sway the masses to a cause. The Nazi regime never presented itself as something evil. They presented themselves as a party who had the best interest of the people at heart, who cared for them and got them out of the poverty and shame of the first world war. Stalin, an Atheist, could have believed anything, but it was the greed and darkness inside him that twisted his influence into the destruction of millions of people. In the same way, had Hitler been an Atheist, I believe the outcome would have been the same. On the flip side though, people have also taken these same belief systems and done a lot of good in the world.
My point is, who are you to hold yourself in such high regard that you trample on somebody’s beliefs and values they hold dear? Talk is cheap, if you really think your life is the right way to live why not show people by the way that you live? Cults bully people into their own pattern of thinking, always claiming to have the light, but getting people into chains of misery. Why not live your life according to your beliefs and let people decide for themselves? Are you so insecure in what you believe that you have to shove it down someone’s throat to prove to yourself that you are right?
There is obviously a balance where we know that murder is wrong, and stealing is wrong – the basics, and I believe that is something most people do agree on, it's a thread of common sense running through most ideologies. But some beliefs are vilified to a preposterous point. We take solitary instances and use it as a reference to bad mouth a whole group. For example, recently there was a story about mass graves being found at a Catholic orphanage in Ireland. Suddenly people are posting comments and post about how evil Catholicism is and hold this story as proof of the fact. No talk is mentioned of the years that poor people were cared for and fed, that hope was given to the destitute and dying, how people were given a reason to carry on living. The truth is that there were many instances under the Catholics where atrocities have occurred, but the same can be said of Atheists, Muslims, Bhuddists and people holding just about any belief system on the planet. It tells me it is more of a problem with humanity as a whole as opposed to any religious, or irreligious ideology.
Believe what you believe, it's good to pursue the truth and have an opinion, and for all I know, you could be right and I may be wrong. But PLEASE, don't mock me, disdain me, or murder me for what I hold dear. If you believe I am wrong and need to see the light, speak to me in love and show me more in deeds than words that you care, and if I don't agree with you, that should also be fine, maybe I will come around in time. Life is to short to bicker and argue about these things.
We are broken people in a broken world, but we can rather spend time being a solution rather than hating on each other. You wont reach people by building walls, if you want to reach someone open a door. The only point of arguing on a public platform is to show everyone how clever you are, you are not really helping anyone. I'm not completely innocent in this, but I get really annoyed when I see people being bullied for what they hold dear on public forums. We have become a bunch of loud mouths make hollow noises. If you are speaking truth in love, you would be prepared to walk with someone, not just to rubbish them in a public forum. I know this will carry on despite this post, but hopefully someone will learn to be a little kinder. I definitely will.