In Ireland Christianity was once very important, now in our modern world some people don`t see religion as that important. I suppose sometimes people move from one extreme to another. At one stage society, and even in a persons life, something is extremely important and then the person could just decide they no longer want it and swing the opposite way. People in a society may think it`s more important to go shopping than spend your day as a volunteer feeding the poor. A person could strongly believe there`s a god and the decide there is not.
I have swung forward and backward between the two myself. I even went on a kind of spiritual odessy and visited spiritual places around the world- important Buddhist, Hindu and sacred aboriginal sites. I have been to important Christian sites too.
A ceremony in Varanasi, a sacred Hindu site on The Ganges, India
This was not a waste of time. I did learn some useful spiritual information on my travels. Years later, these extraordinary places were still making a big impression on me since I had vivid memories of the sites. I finally realized what, for me, was true. That Christianity really talks about love, as I think do all other religions d0, at one level or another. Probably at the deepest level religions are concerned about love. In Christianity Jesus says to “love your neighbour” many times in the bible. Political and religious leaders seem to twist this message and use religion, it`s symbols and beliefs, to manipulate people.
Let us try to love ourselves and love each other. This may seem like a naive, idealistic approach to life. I believe, and in my experience so far, it is the only way to live. Always try to see the goodness in others. That person that annoys you so much,is there anything likable about the person? Try to focus on their positive qualities because we all have areas we need to work on that ultimately helps us to understand ourselves. What positive thoughts about people in your life do you think you could think of today?