First of all, peace and joy to all, whatever religion or religious doctrine you happen to embrace! Engaging in some form of spiritual practice, as part of our daily lives, hopefully enlightens us, and enlightened people make for a better world. One would hope. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Particularly now, in these troubled times.
If you look to the past, so many of the wars and conflicts that have been such an integral part of our world history have been fought in the name of religion, and it continues to be a major and escalating problem. I find it so sad and disheartening that religion is the cause of such hatred and violence in our small world. God must be horrified to witness so many people murdering and being killed in His name.
Differences in religion have created a multitude of sins from the Muslim and Christian Crusades to the current troubles in the Middle-East, Africa and Asia ( and elsewhere). For the most part, the Christians have left that 'dark' side behind. They seem to have evolved beyond the need to violently force people to believe as they do. Unfortunately, the Muslim faith seems to have progressively worsened. They wage Jihad on unbelievers; they even indiscriminately kill other Muslims, women and children included. I realize that there are secular and moderate Muslims who don't actively participate in the violent aspects of that religion, and that it's the fundamentalist radical faction that does, but it's not as small a group as they would have us believe. And it seems that the religion is becoming increasingly radicalized. I ask those Muslims, who might be reading this, to please help me understand their religion. If Islam is truly a, so called, 'religion of peace' why are you killing each other? Why is there so much violence in the Islamic regions of the world?
My hope for 2007, is that they, whose hearts and minds are filled with such darkness and hatred, are somehow able to find (and embrace) the light and love that is GOD.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Peace and blessings to all.