Path to practice.
You may not believe the story of Jesus’ resurrection as described in the Bible, (Mathew 28: 1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24: 1-49; john 20: 1-21 :25,). You may have another story from a book you hold sacred. Whether you believe it true or false, does not automatically make you a nice person. You do not need to belong to any one religion or philosophical group to be a decent, honest and caring person. A person can have any religious or philosophical belief as long as they live in harmony with their fellow-man, practicing noble ethical qualities. The downside is you may not go to heaven, that is a hot subject to debate.
Observing a few basic, ethical rules and practicing them govern whether a person is a worthy person you can trust and rely on. In reality people are not, “good people”, people specially chosen. There are the uninformed or ignorant and there are people who genuinely believe they know, but may be misinformed, but still can be nice people, eager to help anyone in need. Bearing this in mind we must not be ignorant, arrogant or rude, listen with respect, balance the facts and except what is helpful and disregard what is nonsense.
There are basic ethical rules that do not conflict with any major religion and are incorporated in their precepts or laws. All worthy people who practice the qualities of kindness and consideration for their fellow-man are good people. To be kind you must be considerate and have respect for the feelings of others. If you are respectful you will be respected, that is the meaning of reciprocity in action. Treating others as we would like to be treated is “the golden rule.” When practicing the “golden rule,” you must remember we do not all have the same ideas, likes and dislikes. Therefore you should always consider the others preferences.
The Christians follow “the Ten commandments”. Other beliefs have their guiding laws and precepts. They all agreed on the same fundamental principles, of prohibiting killing, upholding honesty, not lying or stealing, prohibiting illicit sex and violence, also not abusing drugs. All drugs are harmful; all have side effects, these effects must be considered carefully. A little may be a beneficial medicine or it could be dangerous poison. If you do not practice these laws or rules you are either ignorant or a fool. These are the principles that allow society to live in peace and harmony. The ignorant need teaching the fool is sick and needs understanding care and compassion.
There should be a meeting place, where we can practice the things we do agree on. Then listen to each other’s thoughts, views, ideas and beliefs without argument. controlling our thoughts and emotions is essential or what started out as a discussion could escalate into an argument that could become violent.
Learning to control the thoughts that are agitating our mind, like static interferes with T.V. reception, some people use meditation, some use pray and some may be gifted with a tranquil nature. Whatever religion or philosophy is chosen if it allows you to listen calmly in the midst of a debate and not get angry or resentful it is serving you well. You will become wise by listening and not allow your pride or ego to draw you into an argument. You will remain silent or respond with calm logic to the question under debate. It may be difficult to tolerate people who persist in not seeing clearly as you beleave. Consider this is good practice for awareness of your thoughts and tolerance towards others. Remember conversely the situation is also difficult for the other party.
We have to share this small world with many different races with their diverse customs and practices. There are many major religions each with a surprising number of different branches or denominations. This gives us a vast amount to study and consider before we decide who is right. Till we get to know people of other beliefs, read their writing and study their ideas can we know whose teachings are the supreme path to follow? Till then be tolerant and promote what we all can agree on.