We get caught up in our differences on this planet, and the biggest difference we capitalize upon is what happens to us after we die.
And I apologize if I offend anyone, but I think that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. I know the beliefs. I’ve learned the reasons for the divide. But this planet is not going to become a Christian* planet. And it’s not going to become a Muslim planet. That divide is never going away. So if I believe that everyone who believes differently than me is doomed to eternal damnation, what difference will it make if I treat them well while we are still alive?
Why do we have to bring eternal damnation here and make it a state of the living? Why are we starting early? Why can’t we wait and if we are right, those who are doomed will receive their justice. Why do we feel the need to take that into our own hands?
I just don’t understand why we can’t all believe whatever we want about what will happen in the afterlife without becoming angry about it. Without violence.
I don’t understand why, no matter where we believe in our hearts our neighbor will go when he dies, we can’t treat him with kindness and patience and be loving towards him today.
Please feel free to explain this to me. I’m listening.
*I am not religious. I don’t believe in any theological omnibeing watching me from above. But to pretend that religion is not having an enormous impact on the degeneration of my world be disrespectful and dismissive. This has just been a question on my mind lately. And like I said, i’m asking for insight. Please feel free to provide me with some. I want to understand.