So today’s (OK, it was supposed to be up yesterday) topic is about my views on religion.
There are several touchy subjects that people tend to avoid generally as they lead to a lot of controversy. Politics is one, and Religion is another major one. I don’t really like talking about religion but I must.
In my Day 1 post I wrote 30 things about myself which included the fact that I am a Christian. Now if you ask some Christians, they will tell you that Christianity is not a religion but a way of life. I have to agree. Now, don’t judge me, I’m not just agreeing with them to be part of the team, I really believe it.
Let’s start from the basics. What is a religion? According to the Oxford dictionary, religion is:
the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods:ideas about the relationship between science and religion
a particular system of faith and worship:the world’s great religions
a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion:consumerism is the new religion
So if we go with the dictionary, Christianity is a religion because we believe in God. The proponents of the fact that it is a way of life have an issue with the word religion because of the regimented connotations. We don’t just do things for the sake of doing them. We do what we do because we understand (to some extent) the reason behind it. We give to God because we understand that when we give, we will receive from God. We pray, because it is our way of communicating with our maker, father, provider and God. We don’t pray because we are expected to do so at certain times or there will be repercussions. To us, it is a relationship between us and God. It is more than just rules and regulations.
Anyway, enough talk about Christianity and whether it is a religion or not. I am here to talk about my views on religion in general. I believe that sometimes people take religion to the extreme. I know the first thing to come to people’s minds would be terrorism and how people are killing in the name of Islam. As horrible and terrible as this is, we Christians should come down from our high horses thinking we are above reproach. If we remember our history correctly, the Crusades was a witch hunt done by Christians. A sort of jihad in its own right. Every religion claims that it is one that is of peace and not of violence, but they have all gone through phases where violence was necessary. I mean, King David fought so many wars, God didn’t let him build His temple.
I find myself drifting again. This is why I try to avoid discussions on religion. The problem with religion is the focus on procedures versus the principles. We are so focused on going to church, making all 5 prayer times, being seen as doing the right thing, yet we neglect the basic things like loving our neighbors, giving to the needy and being our brother’s keeper. Like someone once told me. The problem with Southern Nigeria is that there are too many churches and not enough hospitals, while the problem with Northern Nigeria is that there are too many mosques and not enough schools.
Religion, no matter which it is, needs to go back to the basics. We need to improve our lifestyles and become more like who God wants us to be. Be honest, seek peace with all men, love without hypocrisy, don’t be vengeful, he humble, seek wisdom, etc. If we could all follow the basic tenets of our religions, the world would definitely be a better place. So let us all stop, think, and re-trace our steps.
Phew. I’m glad that was over. Hopefully the other topics won’t be as ….. I’m lost for words. Crap!
Aiight. See ya, catch ya, lara. 😉