issues with that. Friends, some of us take the meaning of the
word as the word itself and some others try to see the meaning
of those words. One group is chained to the words, where as the
other sees the applicability and meaning of those words.
Typically the Fundamentalist limit themselves to the literal
meaning of the words and the whole majority of the population
sees the general meaning of the words.
Often I wonder, if two people can prove to each other that the
Peach Cobbler is superior to Apple Pie or Vice Versa? Whatever
reason they come up, with may not be acceptable by all; texture,
sweetness, taste(?), feelings, chemical content, number of atoms
etc. Faith is blind; either you have the appetite for
Peach Cobbler or not.
Arrogance is the root
cause of evil. It was the arrogance that caused
Inquisitions, Crusades, 911, World Wars, Bosnia, Chechnya....
and all most all of them used Religion to fend off the fear and
insecurities. Religion was never the problem, indeed
without Religion there would have been a much more chaotic
prayers have God in it, and almost always we keep reiterating
the smallness and
mortality of us by putting God on pedestal. It's God's
constant way of saying to us, that our happiness lies in
non-arrogance, that our peace of mind comes from non-arrogance
and that non-arrogance also brings Nirvana, Moksha, Mukti,
Nijaat or Salvation. God doesn't care whether we are
arrogant or not, but he does care how we treat the 6 Billion,
999 Million, 999 thousand and 999 other humans he has created.
In the next
few weeks, I will post some of the articles that offer
great value in understanding an developing an attitude of
respect to other points of view, one such piece that has
influenced me most is by Rabbi Gordis.
( I will be transferring the following columns from my other
website to this shortly)