A True Religion
About twenty years ago I was inThailand. I asked the girl I was with to take us to a bar that would be lively.
When we reached the bar, only the barmaid was there. When asked why the bar was empty, she replied “I don’t know it’s been like this all day. I have never seen it like this before”.
We decided to keep her company.
After about 10 minutes, the girl I’m with, points out to the barmaid that the Buddha’s dish was empty. It is usual for all places of business to have a statue of Buddha, complete with small receptor to hold water. This receptor should be kept filled in order to receive the Buddha’s attention.
The barmaid looked shocked and whilst hurrying to fill the receptor, told us that she had forgotten to check it that day, assuring us it was the first time it had happened.
Within 5 minutes, people started to come into the bar and after 20 the bar was crowded. The girl told me that, now; the bar is how she had always known it.
I consider myself a Christian with an open mind. I did not suddenly switch to Buddhism or doubt my faith. Yet it did make me think.
If that had been a crucifix laying on the floor, then being picked up, many Christians would say it was a sign from God and that it was a miracle. To those I say, sometimes co-incidences happen.
If the Lord is all knowing, he knew I would witness this. He knew I wouldn’t change religion but he also knew that it would make me think and not always assume that “miracles” are the sole property of Christians.
There are many religions and each one has its believers and its fanatics, each equally convinced that they know for sure they are right.
Faith and religion are personal things, between yourselves and God. Do not try to force YOUR beliefs on others. We will all face our own judgment days. So, keep your faith and just as importantly, keep it to yourself.
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