Why Defending Religious Points Is Going In The Exact Opposite Direction We Need To Be Going In…

I saw something recently in myself that made me understand why so many throughout the centuries have done terrible things all for the sake of defending their religion.

I was in the middle of a book study with my best friend where the conversation turned to the life of Jesus. My friend made mention during it, that he truly felt that God had sent Himself to Earth and birthed Himself through Mary as Jesus. And that the Christ we see in the Bible through all His living and teaching years was actually God. I, on the other hand, told him that I have felt for some time that Christ was an ascendant spirit who had learned to completely turn His will and life over to God. And through spiritual practices He learned during his teenage years that the Bible doesn’t cover, He became one with God and felt His presence all the time.

So, for what started out as a simple discussion and a difference of opinion, I found my words shifting to ones that were leading my friend and I to defend our beliefs. As I threw out philosophical questions like “If Jesus was actually God, why did He call out to God on the cross and ask why He had forsaken Him?” and “If Jesus truly was God hanging out on Earth, why did Jesus feel so sad in the Garden of Gethsemane?”, I began to witness a change within myself that didn’t feel very spiritual at all. Instead, I felt irritable and wasn’t connecting with my heart anymore. That’s when I immediately stopped my line of questioning and said to my friend that it was pointless to keep going down this path, because ultimately, wasn’t the more important thing that we both loved the beautiful teachings of Christ? He agreed, and immediately the conversation moved back into one where I felt my heart again and the love I have for not only my friend, but also for my Higher Power.

After we had long finished our book study that day, I pondered what had transpired between my best friend and I. Was this how all religious wars began? Did most of them start with a small group of people vehemently defending semantics on what actually took place in the Bible? I can’t say for sure, but I do know how I felt when I travelled down that defensive path during my book study and that part didn’t feel good at all.

So often, I see people of all religions doing the very same thing these days, defending their interpretations of the Bible, the Koran, the Torah, and plenty of other religious books too. But when they do so, it always seems to take them out of their hearts and into their heads, which is the exact opposite direction I believe God wants us all to be going in. Could this be the reason why so many religious wars began and why so many got hurt or killed throughout the centuries, all because people were defending their religious viewpoints?

Regardless of the answer, I have found one positive commonality amongst all the major religions in my studies of them and that’s to be unconditionally loving to each other. Yet somehow, we keep moving away from that in this world and instead, get ourselves involved in defending rules, semantics, practices, and interpretations of religious stuff that happened eons ago.

Thankfully, I was able to catch myself doing this during my book study with my best friend and stopped myself from go any further down that negative path. Thankfully, my love for him and my Higher Power was far more important than trying to prove some religious point that I honestly have no idea whether it was actually true or not. And thankfully, I felt a lot more peace afterward because of it. So, maybe if we all just stop trying to defend our religious and spiritual beliefs and instead start loving each other a lot more, our world might finally come together in a peace that transcends all understanding…

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

Thought For The Day

“Nothing is more irritating and hurtful than a person who makes promises and breaks them over and over again. It shows lack of consideration for the others feelings and also means the person cannot be trusted or relied on. Do not make promises you feel you may not be able to keep, because besides being irritating, it also ruins character.” (Sumesh Nair)

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“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.” (Unknown)

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

Daily Reflection

“People with good intentions make promises. People with good character keep them.” (Unknown)

A friend made me a promise approximately nine months ago to send me a complimentary product from a company they own that I really wanted to try. I was more than grateful they were willing to do so, yet month after month went by where I continued to wait to receive it. Upon each of my inquiries surrounding it, there was always a reason that prevented them from sending it. At first it was backordered, then it was due to those backorders being filled, and eventually I’d simply get responses along the lines of “I will get that out this week”. But as of the time of me writing this, I have yet to receive the complimentary product I was promised. While the product itself is relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of things in my life, it’s the principle of keeping a promise made that I truly find to be far more important.

I was once a person who made plenty of promises to others, most being done in an overly sincere fashion. I always had every intention to keep each of those promises, but more than not I didn’t because I was very self-absorbed and didn’t have the best of character. I was generally more concerned about my life and my needs and my wants more than anyone else’s, which in turn led me much of the time to shirk on many of the promises I made with others. The result was me constantly creating excuses as to why I hadn’t kept them. And if someone ever confronted me on that, and told me how disappointed they were with me, I’d only turn it back around on them and usually say they were being selfish. But indeed, it was I who was that very thing, I just never wanted to face up to that fact.

Thankfully, I care more about other people’s needs and wants these days more so than my own, which has led me to a life where I make good on each of the promises I make with others. It’s actually a pretty good feeling to be this way now, because people consider me trustworthy and a man of integrity and that’s precisely the type of person I truly want to be in life and also what I believe God wants me to be as well.

I pray that I always remain in integrity in my life by keeping the promises I make with others, knowing in doing so, that I’m not only being accountable to myself, but to God as well.

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson