by Joshua Sutari

When we hear the word religion, the first thing that comes to our mind is God. It is then followed by love, peace, worship, and prayers. There are many religions around the world, and it’s getting hard to keep up and name them all. The common ones are Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity.

Growing up, we’ve learned that we need to pray to the God of our religion and that we shouldn’t worship any other because they don’t exist. We tend to follow the laws of our religion so strictly that we are more likely to find it more important than our human needs. Doesn’t sound right, if you ask me. When you Google the definition of religion, it will say that religion is the belief in, and worship of, a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or Gods.

Personal God or Gods. That very exact phrase says it all! The world has forgotten the true meaning of who God is and what he stands for. Every single religion, from Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity, talks about love and peace. They all talk about how our actions and words bring love into this world and so, why have we summed up these religions into gods?

If they all talk about love and peace, doesn’t that mean that they all add up to just one great superhuman power?

Why do we have to divide ourselves into different religious communities and hate each other because we don’t follow the same god?

Islam has the Qur’an. Hinduism has the Bhagavat Gita. Christianity has the Bible. They may all talk about different gods, and may all have different stories, but they all share the same message of love that caring for each other brings love into this world and this fulfils the true meaning of what their religion stands for.

However, the world today has made a joke of religions. It’s become a way of blaming each other for the hatred that has overshadowed our lives. When there’s a terrorist attack, people tend to blame an entire religion for the actions of heartless people.

If these terrorists are using religion to spread hatred, then what are we doing? Why are we helping them by spreading hatred and discriminating people because of their religion? This doesn’t make us any different from terrorists!

Muslim or not a Muslim. Hindu or not a Hindu. Buddhist or not a Buddhist. Catholic or not a Catholic. At the end of the day, we are all human beings and we need to learn to care about each other. If this is the case, then we must take all the religions and put them all in one service!