So far my understanding of religion is as follows:
Every religion is an attempt to understand the un-understandable, tame the un-tamable, and to control the uncontrollable. After a life of philosophical contemplation, it’s my conclusion that humanityâ€™s three dimensions and five senses are hardly adequate to comprehend the infinite quantities of information (in the form of energy) that constitutes us and our surroundings. The previous statement tends to incite fear in its contemplator, because there is so little really known about our universe and an infinite amount that is as of yet un-known.
This is where religion serves its purpose; for better or worse, religion alleviates this fear by postulating a fundamental belief for its followers to rely on. The universe’s enigmatic abundance is less scary with a foothold: something to ground all other beliefs in. Religion takes the empty void and inserts something tangible for its believers to build upon. Even though different religions all start with different fundamentals, their motivations for doing so are all the same.
Either man practices a religion because of a societal reason (i.e. family, culture), or he is looking for some way to explain the intangible. It is my belief that if understanding of the un-understandable is within human reach, the answer was, is, and always will be inside of us. Each founder of the world’s religions found their path to righteousness, and as others became aware of this, they tried to make the founder’s path their own, and thus a religion is born. It is not my belief that one can become spiritually sound by methods that are not their own. In order to get the desired effect, religion has to be a deeply personal thing. This is not to say two people cannot both practice one religion, they can, as long as they both made the religion their own. Religion was not made by Ford in a factory, of essence it is and has to be completely customizable.
Considering that every man’s belief system is going to be fundamentally different from everyone elseâ€™s (even mommy dearest), we should learn to avoid fighting wars founded on problems that arose from conflicting belief systems. Even you and your mom will differ at some point, and do you really want to fight a war with Mom? In the assumption that no man would kill his mother over a difference in opinion, why kill a foreigner for his?
When all men cease to live by a religion that is not their own accept that we are all different (which we do?), then the world would harmonize into a state of perfect peace.