Josh at SMU
Love and Religion

In a world so full of hate due to the differences between us, whether that be due to race, language, or beliefs, I believe it is time to get back down to the basics, and remember what connects us rather than what separates us.

When I was a junior in high school, I had the privilege and good fortune to go see the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu give a seminar on the similarities between different faiths.  They had representatives from Hinduism, Judaism, Zen, Christianity, and others.  All of them were given a question, and each one had to answer in the way their particular faith would answer the question, and it was outstanding and heartwarming to hear how similar each answer was.  It showed not only the power of each faith, but the unification of all of them.  It showed how we are all connected, and that I believe is very important.

Now myself, I am Catholic, but that does not mean I am not open to learning about other faiths, nor that I am closed minded to not consider their view points on some issues.  What I do believe is that I can see God’s presence in each faith.

I am reminded every Easter that Jesus sacrificed himself, out of love, so save us from our sins.  I am reminded that God is Love, the embodiment of Love.  That right there is important to remember.  God said those who follow me will join me in Heaven.  If God is love, then if you love, you follow God and His message.  Jesus states that the golden rule is to, “Love God with all your heart and soul, and to Love your neighbor as yourself.”  And if you do so, you are following love, and following God’s teaching.  Every major religion has an equivalent of the golden rule, and their followers are asked to follow it.  Not only that, it is just common sense to “treat one another as how you would want to be treated.”  It is not rocket science, though at times while watching the news it may seem that way.

I do not see why we all can’t get along.  If in Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, and other faiths are asked to treat each other with dignity and respect, asked to love each other, than why can’t we?  The Dalai Lama stated at the seminar that his religion was not Buddhism, but Love, and Desmond Tutu and the other representatives there stated the same.  Now that my friends, is a miracle, and one I hope to see happen worldwide.  Though, I am sad to say, I may not see in my life time, but hey, where there is light, there is hope.