Definition #119 Religion

Obama speaks of US Religion

Obama speaks of US Religion

I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt — not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and doesn’t speak to others, that God only cares about us and doesn’t care about others, that somehow we alone are in possession of the truth

Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth — our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments.  And we should assume humbly that we’re confused and don’t always know what we’re doing and we’re staggering and stumbling towards Him, and have some humility in that process.  And that means we have to speak up against those who would misuse His name to justify oppression, or violence, or hatred with that fierce certainty.  No God condones terror.  No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number.

Humility; a suspicion of government getting between us and our faiths, or trying to dictate our faiths, or elevate one faith over another.  And, finally, let’s remember that if there is one law that we can all be most certain of that seems to bind people of all faiths, and people who are still finding their way towards faith but have a sense of ethics and morality in them — that one law, that Golden Rule that we should treat one another as we wish to be treated.

The Torah says “Love thy neighbor as yourself.”

In Islam, there is a Hadith that states: “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”

The Holy Bible tells us to “put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”  Put on love.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. lauriedoctor
    Feb 09, 2015 @ 09:37:39

    Thank you for beginning with these wise words from our President– so much of his insight is lost in the flurry of media and world problems needing responses.

    Reply

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