Actions and Religions

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People tend to see only what they want to see, they hear only what they want to hear.

This is what Indi and I have observed for a long time. We think it is quite interesting. We can’t illustrate it in a more specific way for not wanting to offend people, so let’s imagine the following:

  • Two major religions in the world: religion X and religion Y
  • Two famous good men: Mr. A of religion X, and Mr. B of religion Y
  • Two terrorists: Mr. C from religion X, and Mr. D of religion Y.
  • Our friends of religion X

Then read this slowly:

Say, Mr. A of religion X is famous for doing a particular good thing. Then our friends from religion X would respond, “Of course, Mr. A is being a good adherer of religion X! That particular thing that he’s doing is in accordance to religion X”

Then, come Mr. B from religion Y, who is famous for doing good thing too. Interestingly, our friends from religion X would respond, “Oh, Mr. B is doing that because he’s simply a good person”. They don’t attribute the good deeds to the rulings religion Y. Sometimes our friends would add, “Too bad Mr. B is not of religion X, like us, because he’s such a good person!”

Then, we saw in the news that Mr. D of religion Y committed act of terrorism. Our friends of religion X would rush to say that, “Of course Mr. D did the act of terrorism because his religion Y is an evil religion which seeks to destroy our religion!”

Then, another day, Mr. C from religion X committed act of terrorism invoking the name of his God. Our friends from religion X were quickly responding, “What Mr. C was doing is not in accordance to the law of religion X. He’s putting religion X into shame, because that’s not the true belief”. The day the terrorist act took place, our friends responds quickly by putting their condemnation in their facebook statuses. Further our friends could also say, “This is a conspiracy done by religion Y to destroy the beauty of our religion – religion X!”

Don’t you agree that it seems to be double standard: to only praise own religion and unable to criticize own religion, instead, being apologetic. Meanwhile they’re not able to praise other religions and always find the faults in other religions. The question is, why? We found similar way of thinking in many of our religious friends of different religions.

Indi and I concluded that religion has got nothing to do with the good things or bad things done by people. Any religion can have the goods and the bads, and both claim to do things in accordance to their religious rulings. Therefore, we could argue that there is no correlation between religiosity and good deed or action. Many people may claim that they do good deeds based on their religious rulings, but the same can be said, that there are some people who do “bad” deeds based on the same rulings.

At the end it’s all relative. Nothing is absolute.

To those who said, “Don’t blame the religion for the heinous action done by the terrorist!”, please apply the same standard on the good things too: don’t claim the credits of the good deeds that people do, to your religion.

Actually there is a further question. What makes people do good things, then?

And also, on the other hand, for people who insist that there is correlation between the actions and religion, we ask further question: What can be the measure of success of a particular religion? The action of the followers, right? One can make a claim or being apologetic or whatever, but actions speak louder than words…

Comments

Forget God, just be good for

Forget God, just be good for goodness sake ...

my comment

I'm sure that I disagree with the following statement:
"To those who said, “Don’t blame the religion for the heinous action done by the terrorist!”, please apply the same standard on the good things too: don’t claim the credits of the good deeds that people do, to your religion."

The first is okay, but the second statement.. hmm
I believe that one of the factor why people do good things is his/her religion. Yes, sure there can be other factor like habits, culture, etc. But don't deny the religion factor.
On the opposite, I would agree that many factors why people do bad things.. could be his/her religion beside other possible factor.

errr... my thinking is,

errr... my thinking is, religion is a mean to control, which translates to power.. and as we all know, power tends to corrupt.. so I'd say forget (focusing on) religion, just go focus on God...

What do you think about this?

Prayer to end fear in Gaza

http://www.spirituality.com/article.jhtml?ElementId=/repositories/shcoma...
ElementName=Prayer%20to%20end%20fear%20in%20Gaza

Conclusion?

First of all, glad to be in touch with you again Indi & Rani.
Kangen lama nggak ketemu, agak terobati dengan membaca artikel2 di blog ini.

Quote: "Indi and I concluded that religion has got nothing to do with the good things or bad things done by people."

Comment: Agree. But many people act good and bad based on their understanding about religion.

Quote: "Any religion can have the goods and the bads, and both claim to do things in accordance to their religious rulings."

Comment: Good religion can only have good things. Misinterpretation, arrogance and ignorance by the follower make it looks bad sometimes.

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