Religion is supposed to unite. But in actuality, the opposite is true. Even those of the same belief system are sometimes divided, in the name of minor disagreeing beliefs within the same religion. People generally want something to believe in. It makes them feel purposeful, connected, and like they belong. So when my very close friend was seeking for a deeper meaning to life, she decided to explore different religions of almost every kind.
She found a few commonalities amongst most, but also some very profound differences. Knowing that I’m a Christian, she shared with me her thoughts on the Bible. She asked questions, she listened, we reasoned, and she dug deep. Another person of a new faith told her otherwise, contradicting almost everything I said. Speaking with over a dozen more people (each subscribing to a different belief) soon became exhausting for her. Feeling overwhelmed and unsure, she finally asked me “Why do I have to label myself as part of a particular religion? Why can’t I just love God and live right? Honestly, I really believe it’s that simple.
We all cling to that which we believe is true. Dare anyone to try and test that, and its war. So we try to convince people to walk with us because we know where we are going. We neglect the major to argue the minor. But my friends, the answer has already been written. “Fear God and keep his commandment, for this is the duty of man.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13. What is his commandment you ask? That we love one another. John 13:34. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Written By: Shenelle Wallace