If I was granted one wish, this is perhaps what I would wish for. That the concept of religion would disappear from this world. Mind you, personal faith should exist but the concept of religion should disappear. What has religion brought to us in the last couple of decades? Division, Fight, Terrorism, Forced Conversations, Hatred etc. Where is love? Is it anywhere in the picture? Isn’t love the basis of any religion?
The world calls me a Christian but I call myself a follower of Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, I am proud of that fact and yes, I want others to know about the Lord. But that does not mean I go killing people for that or that I go abusing people or consider them in any way inferior to me. Writing all this, I kind of feel this post is gonna end up in a lot of controversy but that’s OK. This is what is in my heart right now.
I’m writing this after watching on TV that the killers of Graham Staines and his two kids have been given a life sentence and not a death sentence. But what broke my heart was the fact that the advocate fighting for the cause of the accused, (Dara Singh) said that the accused just wanted to teach Graham Staines a lesson for converting people into Christianity. He used the word ‘Forced Conversion’ . I personally believe that was not the actual case (but that’s just my opinion. You are welcome to have yours).Now, if my opinion is making you uncomfortable , you are exactly who I am addressing this post to.
I don’t know how it is in countries like America and UK but where I live, every form that we fill, has a column for religion. Why should schools know what religion I belong to? Are they gonna teach me subjects depending on what religion I follow? Why should hospitals know what religion I belong to? Does my blood depend on it? Why should offices know what religion I belong to? Why should the concept of a community certificate exist? These are questions that I want to question back.
To address the concept of forced conversions, what bothers you? That the people are getting ripped off or is the reason anything else. If the people are your concern, killing the converter is not a solution I see. The truth is, most of us are too filled with arrogance and pride to think clearly. To me, love is the solution. Love one another. If we really want the world to be a better place, we gotta start by loving our neighbor.We gotta start respecting each other’s likes and dislikes. We gotta start by helping those in need on the streets. We gotta start by not wanting to climb up a ladder by stepping on someone’s shoes.We gotta start living honestly.
So this is what I wish for the world. The word and concept of religion should die.Instead, personal faith and respect for fellow human beings should rule our life.