Wednesday, July 24, 2013

We Are All Once Race - and I Don't Mean the Human Race

People pervert religion. That's a fact even though I can't show you studies to prove it. It's common knowledge. Almost every religion is open to interpretation of it's scriptures, as such it is different for each follower although it is typically in small ways. While this post is primarily my opinion, some of what I'm saying can't really be argued with - especially not the parts with verifiable links. Yep, I'm adding many links to this post so if you want more information, you can find it easily. I'm primarily listing religions commonly found in India and those of friends I know. There is a link at the end of this post that will take you to even more religions should yours not be listed here.

**Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on something listed here. I do not study religions I'm not affiliated with and these are based only on rough research online. I could be wrong and if so, I would appreciate a comment telling me which religion actually believes what and if you have sources, feel free to share. Thank you!

Where People Came From
  • Christianity - Adam and Eve (are the first 2 humans in existence)
  • Islam - Adam and Eve (again, the first 2 humans in existence)
  • Hinduism - Creation comes from Lord Brahma (he used parts of his body) - this is only 1 story of creation that focuses on the cycle of rebirth
  • Jains - have no creation story
  • Sikhism -  Waheguru creates everything, including people. So essentially we all come from the same place. 
  • Buddhism - Old stories share tales of a God that created all things but current belief is that life happens in cycles. There is no creation story that is revered as being reality as with the first 3 religions in this list. 
  • Judaism - Also believes in Adam and Eve
In this obviously small sampling of religions, you should notice a trend. Even those religions that tend to believe in evolution all still relate back to humans coming from one common source.

My point is not to present historical findings, etc. What I want people to understand is that as human beings that evolve or are created from one common source, we are all the same. We are all equal. What divides us is the differences in our individual lives and upbringing and it only divides us because we let it.

We wear labels as if they are all we have or as if they make us more important. We label other people as a means of making ourselves feel more important. Labels are everywhere and when we perceive them as good we take them for ourselves. When someone else wants to label us, we often reject it with phrases like "don't label me."

Systems like the caste system all need to end. No one person is better than anyone else. Your job, your money, your home may give you a better standing financially but with it there also comes a higher level of responsibility. What are you doing with your resources?

Do you sit around talking about how things need to change but you're not helping to make them change? Are you too busy making statements like "those Indians" or "them people?" 

http://www.religionfacts.com/big_religion_chart.htm
http://www.religioustolerance.org/ev_denom2.htm

1 comment:

  1. Waheguru refers to ten gurus of Sikhs. The Sikhs like hindus believe that the world was created by the "Akal Puruk" or Akal Purush in Sanskrit (the Timeless Man), as mentioned in the introductory phrase of Guru Grandh Sahib "Ek Onkar Satnam....."

    Interestingly, there is an Adam and Even in Hindu mythology also. They are called Manu (first man) and Satroopa (first women). The children of Manu were called Manav (Human). The Hindu mythology also indicates time periods or yugas consisting of definite number of years for the earth which is unique.

    There is also something else. Both the Bible and Vishnu Puran mentions a great flood and the making of a boat. In Vishnu Puran Lord Vishnu takes the form of a giant fish (Matsya Avtar) and guides the boat to safety. In Bible, Noah with the guidance of God, saves the living creatures of the earth. This flood concept is mentioned in almost all the scriptures of the world. Scientists did find the remains of the Noah's Ark on some mountain. The point is there is remarkable similarity between the stories of different cultures as if one has borrowed from the other. There are points where all the great religions of the world do converge. Religion was never static as it made out to be.

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