Religion: uniting or dividing?

What are we doing with our religion?
Are we making it an instrument of unity or an instrument of division?
If we all practiced our religion, what a wonderful world we would have!
But sadly enough, most of us don’t;
Instead of making it an instrument of unity,
We make it an instrument of division;
We profess one thing but practice another;
We say a lot and do little of what we say.

If your religion is like mine, it is a good religion;
It talks love, and asks us to love one another;
But how many others do we love?
If your religion is like mine, it is a good religion;
It preaches peace; and acclaims the virtues of peace;
But how much peace do we promote?

Yes, your religion is good for the world;
Yes, my religion is good for the world;
Yes, our religions are good for the world;
They preach truth and justice;
But how truthful are we? and how just is our world?
We hold strongly to our religious beliefs;
And for them we can die; Excellent!
But what do we do to make them work?
We have to make them work;
To do the good they are meant to do.

Let’s not look at others; let’s look at ourselves;
Let’s not ask what others are doing;
Let’s ask what we are doing;
What are we doing to make our religion deliver for the world?
What are we doing to make our religion an instrument of unity and not division?
What are we doing to make our religion a generator of love not hate?

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4 thoughts on “Religion: uniting or dividing?

  1. “We profess one thing but practice another;
We say a lot and do little of what we say.”
    This quote speaks to me. All too often, i will get a good idea and say to myself, ill get to that later, eventually. There is no better moment than now to get started pushing for positive change.
    Religion is more of a divider than anything else. Despite all of the different ideologies people have, we must step back and understand that everyone just wants a place to fit in. A place in society to belong. Religion provides a sense of belonging and purpose to many of its followers.
    We must understand that difference of opinion does not necessarily imply that one person is right and the other isnt; it just means that WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT!

  2. Religion has never united people. All religions are divided into many sects. The Shias and the Sunnis, both Muslims fight with each other. The same with Hindus – there are Saivites and Vaishnavites. There is an unending dispute between the two. Christianity is divided into two main ‘religions’ – the Protestant and the Catholic. The Protestants are divided into the Advent Christian, the Assembly of God, the Pentecost, the Salvation Army, and so on and so on. I have not spoken about the Coptic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, The Syrian Christians of Kerala who are again divided into the Marthomites and the Jacobites. Well, speak of religion as a unifying force?

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