I was driving back home this morning after my gym workout and my mind wandered off a little to the coming Easter holiday.
Maybe it was the Egyptian bombings this week but I wondered if any Christians will be killed this weekend in Easter celebrations around the world and I started to question in my thoughts why most Muslims don’t have to fear bombings during their religious celebrations.
Why too are their so many of them, I asked myself, compared to other religions like Christianity? Then it occurred to me that they always proudly call themselves Muslims and most westerners hide their Christian beliefs so we seem to be a minority.
Now before you stop reading this because it is too controversial, I am not comparing, condoning or criticising anyone or any religion.
My thoughts therefore are based on numbers and why the Christian religion seems to be taking a back seat to other religions which I do not affiliate with.
I regard myself as a follower of what I call a Universal religion…a religion that allows me to be kind and caring to all humanity, to do the right thing by others based on love and to turn the other cheek where possible.
So my Universal religion does not require me to go to a place of worship to find peace or have a preacher tell me how to live a good life because we all innately know what is required of us to do the right thing, I believe.
I freely admit that I talk to my God every night before sleep to bless my loved ones and I hope like heck there is a heaven where I will be with loved ones again when my time to part this world comes even though I can’t prove there is one.
It is a religion that allows me to love and protect those I love and assist those who are in need, it surrounds me with people who are loving and caring and condone violence. It is a religion that does not demand anything of me other than do the right thing at all times.
Why is it then that I feel outnumbered in this world of religious fanatics and believers? I was sent to Sunday school as a child and I affiliate with people who were born and raised on Christian ethics and beliefs just as a founding fathers were but freely identify myself as no religion on the census. How confusing because my religion is based on Christian beliefs.
So I think it is time I came out and admitted I am a Christian thinker because it is opposite to anything that believes that I have to kill to go to heaven and doesn’t offer incentives to be violent nor does it encourage me to become radical.
It is time those of us that are believers of a Universal religion (and there are millions out there who probably are confused like I am and maybe label yourselves as atheists perhaps) realise that we cannot hide behind the no religion group, ‘I must be atheist’ believers and the embarrassed who want to project an image of anti-religion under peer pressure and realise that the Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist religions for instance have very few who openly reject their religion no matter want their radicals do.
I believe we must project a belief in something if we want to be heard as a spiritual group in this troubled world or we will be swallowed up and will become almost irrelevant. Forget the many brand names (Catholic, Anglican etc.) that come with the Christian religion and label yourself as Universal religion so at least it is pro Christian.
Yes, come out today and make yourself a follower of Universal religion which is based on Christian beliefs so we have much larger numbers so we can be heard about our worldly concerns and may God protect those innocents who what to celebrate this weekend.
Ed- Brian Murphy April 2019