It always makes me nervous when there are arguments or fighting or misunderstanding or tension. Even if I’m involved with it, I hate it.
I hate getting involved in conversations with politics. I hate having my news feed on facebook flooded with posts about “Romney this” and “Obama that” and “Gun laws this,” and “abortion that” and “gay rights this” and “religion that.” I hate it.
It causes tension and discord and just unpleasant feelings.
Bonnie, from the Life of Bon did a post yesterday on some basic principles and explanations of the Mormon religion. Now, I am Mormon, and I 100% believe in the principles, doctrines, and gospel beliefs of Mormonism. But, like how Bonnie said in her comments, I don’t necessarily agree with all Mormon tradition.
Now, I like the way the Bonnie portrayed us–very simple, very open and honest. I also (against my instincts) decided to read through the comment section, prepping myself for the flame war that was bound to happen with 70+ comments. For the most part, it was people thanking her for explanations and being brave to be so open about it. But there were a few that seemed they just wanted to argue which religion was better and why. I hate that. I truly, honestly do.
I’m not going to argue which religion I believe is true. I am Mormon and I believe in Mormonism, Amen, The End. But, what I am going to say is I think the whole world, including everyone (even Mormons) need to be a little more open, understanding, and tolerant.
I’ve learned about other religions and truly believe that each religion (Christian or not) has some truth to it. I’ve read the Koran and tried to explain time and time again to my students that not all Muslims are bad. They are surprised to know that Muslim doctrine can be very similar to Mormon doctrine! There are similarities in traditions, small and simple things, even deep doctrines. I am currently reading The Secret History of the World by Mark Booth. He takes different religions as well as esoteric traditions and tries to make one sense of it, one truth, one history.
That is what I wish for the world. We can stop trying to one-up each other religion and Bible bash each other. Instead, I wish we could congratulate each other for being so dedicated in our own individual religion and love that we all are trying to be better humans.
After all, isn’t that what religion is for?