Differences Among Religions!

People often discuss religion, and the first thing that they’d discuss or very proudly announce is, “We are of ‘this’ religion” or “Our religion is different”. Basically they are more often than not heard or seen discussing the differences between their religions. What amuses me though, is somehow I always see or look into the similarities, and then I end up wondering, what exactly are the differences, cause I don’t see any.

Of course and every time I say this out aloud, people tend to give me weird looks, which might say “Are you insane?” or making me sound absolutely unacceptable. And the very loud mouth that I have, I go on and on about this where I feel, I should speak up. But often this has leaded to heated arguments (Just as it happens with me when discussing issues relating women), even among families and friends. So, I have stopped speaking my mind, and I speak only when I think I can take no longer of this argument, which I am so much against of. Again, this happens more often than I would want it to.

But, I can’t help it. I just can’t resist myself. And the more I speak up, the more I realize, that you can’t make someone understand anything, unless he or she is willing to understand it. You can teach someone algebra or mean median, mode, or anything else for that matter, but he will understand it only if he is willing to understand the basics of it. Without his willingness to open the doors of his mind, nothing is going to happen.

I have come to learn this the hard way. And yet, I try and try to talk people into accepting things, which I think are right. And seldom do people change how they think about the issue.

Coming back to religion, what bothers me today is ‘these people’ talk about the differences, but most of them do believe in the concept of Hell and Heaven. Having said this, I think I can safely say this is the case with most religions. Then should this not be it? I mean if you think you believe in Hell or heaven, and that your Karma decides where you are going to end up, then should that not be enough to make you behave in a manner, justified; to not let you mistreat and differentiate among religions?

PS: This is just a thought. I don’t mean to annoy anyone with my thoughts, cause neither do I own so much knowledge of religion, nor do I know most of the times, what I am speaking about.

PS (Sorry, I got something more): If you ask me I’d rather follow Humanity as a religion and try and be a better person, not just to myself but towards every person, with or without any differences.

Published by Moushmi Radhanpara

A bilingual writer, Moushmi Radhanpara has authored three poetry collections so far, namely POSIES and 03:21 AM –An Ode to Rust & Restlessness, and Resignation of an Angel. She is also scribbling an unplanned rough draft of a story as a part of NANOWRIMO 2020 and hopes that something might come out of it. She has also co-authored two books, The Lockdown Stories and Mirage so far. Her poetries can be found on her blog https://aestheticmiradh.com/ and a few other online portals. She believes in the fact that a better reader makes a better writer. Reading a 100 books a year is her latest obsession. She can be found either drunk on coffee or hiding away from everything and admiring the gorgeous sun.

70 thoughts on “Differences Among Religions!

  1. Interesting subject for a blog post, people steer clear of religion everywhere these days. The days(and nights) of amiable religious discussions are over. I also notice how you avoided getting into the details, because once you venture into that territory its difficult to take a logical stand and defend it. The whole idea of God and religion is to fill the voids mankind has not managed to fill with reason, logic and science. But again, I am no expert ..let me steer clear 🙂

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    1. Actually I believe, that once you go into the details, people try an get sometimes irrational with the word ‘religion’ with all sorts of arguments and superstitions.
      But I definitely agree with you, the concept of God for me is to fill the void, but some of us has gone too far and never come back into the more rational side of humanity.


  2. Everything I think about the word ‘Religion’, I found in this most Moushmi. Well said👍 And what irritates me more when people say they need to protect their religion. It’s the stupidest​ thing I hear but as you have said you can make some understand only up to their level of perception.

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  3. You said it beautifully and yes, I see the similarities too! We share this planet, we have common struggles, we’re yearning (by our human nature) to feel loved and to feel free. The biggest lesson, for everyone, remains tolerance and kindness towards each other. Some fail at first, some need help, some refuse to even try. We are called to love all of them as we do with our families. 🙂
    Sorry for the long message, I tent to talk too much about the subject 🙏❤️

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    1. Hey, thanks so much for this enlightening comment. You definitely shared a deeper insight here, and I totally agree with you on every single word. We share as humans, everything and yet, we lack kindness towards each other.
      Sending lots of love to you, in anticipation of the day where we have days full of love and kindness.

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  4. I can totally relate your post! For my what I do is what defines me …maybe people find religion as a tool to follow an institution of faith and trust…but obviously not everyone understand that way! Great post! 🙂

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  5. Religion is indeed a way of life and every religion is more similar than different. It is the customs which vary not the teachings.

    Well said Moushmi.

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  6. A person who is well-known to me and who I respect for his great human potentialities, once asked his followers to respect all the religions. Your message is similar in this post; so, I like this post!!

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  7. Mankind’s non-acceptance is like everything else on this planet…we cannot know and appreciate happiness unless we also know sadness, we cannot know and appreciate love unless we know hate.
    We are born unknowing and spend our lives testing those waters we encounter, eventually to reach that nadir of acceptance, regardless of where anyone else is. It is in acceptance of us that we truly understand another and then give from that understanding, it is called unconditional…all else is the bindings of those many conditions we place on ourselves. And it all has purpose, the unconditional of self love ❤
    And you are doing well kind lady, questioning is that testing ground of the heart ❤

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  8. Well, technically speaking then religion comes from word ‘religare’ which means connecting people, its an institution which born to bring people under one umbrella for maintenance of peace in society based on some common beliefs or doctrines…psychologically speaking people tend to form group automatically and religion is one of such expression of this human behavior. In short religion is a grouping. On the other hand spirituality is all together a different thing. Spirituality could lead to formation of religion and not vice versa. By the way I really enjoyed reading this article on religion.Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Great post as usual….reminds me of ‘Religion is the opium of the masses’ by karl marx…and also ‘Imagine’ by john lenon (do listen to this song if not already…you will definitely love it)…
    What to say…every religion says same thing about humanity but people interpret (or should i say ‘use’) it differently and for their own convenience and selfish interests…

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      1. Absolutely! I hate people who show off as being very religious…apart from looking down on others they really seem hollow inside…and then there are poisonous ones who would use it to divide people while they themselves are having so many flaws! I feel so sick of it all at times…

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  10. I am with you on this Moushmi …I am so with you on this. There is so much to be said on this, and there is so much to be lived truthfully to realize this. Like you say – some will get it and some won’t.

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  13. Totally agree with you about being humane and decent as a religion. That’s the path I’m taking. I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and they always advocate that their religion is “the truth.” There are always subtle differences and that is a particularly strict religion, but at the root of it all, they’re all the same. There’s far too much emphasis on the religion itself than common courtesy. I tried to posit this idea to one of my parents and was met with an incredulous look and warned about my pride. Definitely a topic to explore deeper.

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  14. Great topic Moushmi,

    I believe that the main problem with religion is that people want to impose their religion on others. It is personal meter, and we should keep our religion in us.Religion is just like everything in our world, just like attitude. It is great to have opinion, but is bad to impose that opinion on others!

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  15. I think people bristle when you note the similarities of their religion because they think they follow the “true” religion, while everyone else must naturally follow a “false” religion. But they’re all the same, and all false.

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  16. I think it is a mountain moving idea that in the end religion is all the same, at least when it comes to the basics and therefore, we should live together in peace.

    I used to believe that in the end it was all the same but I think the reality is different.

    The differences might not always seem to matter to outsiders but seem to matter quite a bit to those in the traditions.

    Believing Jesus is the Son of Man that you should think about, follow, pray to and dedicate you life to, or thinking Jesus is just a prophet or not mentioning him at all like in say Buddhism is a pretty big difference for some.

    There are some Christian denominations that believe it is never right to go to war like the, Quakers and, Anabaptist while others believe it is okay to go to war. This is a big difference in how one should respond to war and conscription.

    The idea of Heaven and Hell are also different even among Anglicans and Catholics that have many similar views elsewhere. How you get into Heaven can vary, some Catholics pray for the souls in purgatory {and paid indulgences to help loved ones there} while Anglicans don’t officially believe it even exists.

    I think the differences though do not mean we can’t get along or learn from one another.

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