Do the gods of different nations talk to each other? Do the gods of Chinese cities speak to the ancestors of the Japanese? To the lords of Xibalba? To Allah? Yahweh? Vishnu?
Is there some annual get-together where they compare each other’s worshippers?
Mine will bow their faces to the floor and trace woodgrain lines for me, says one.
Mine will sacrifice animals, says another.
Mine will kill anyone who insults me, says a third.
Here is the question I think most often: Are there any who can honestly boast, My worshippers obey my good laws, and treat each other kindly, and live simple generous lives?
from The God Whispers of Han Qing-jao
Children of the Mind. New York: Tor, 1996. Print.
Religion claims to promote peace and equal treatment of others, yet all faiths it seems can be used as justification for evil. It is difficult to overcome our cruel nature sometimes and truly practice the words we preach. To really turn the other cheek or accept all people and practices with love and kindness, not judgement and scorn.
There is a difference between religious devotion and morality. Morality is doing what you know in your heart and mind is right, regardless of what others say. Sometimes religion is doing what others tell you even when it conflicts with what you truly believe in your innermost self to be good and true. Do not merely accept the word of religion at face value. Words must always be taken with a grain of salt. The ultimate truth of right and wrong rests with your own conscience.