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Easter religious state of affairs
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These religions today make me wonder what to do and what to say, because things are not what they used to be.
May God help me say the right religious things in this article?
But, first let me wish to my readers a Happy Easter. Then I will try to say something about how I see the religious world these days.
We wish you a happy Easter and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ
These religions today
Today I wanted to write this article, because soon it will be Easter. So, I was going to write this religious article, where I would have liked to tell you about the good religious things, that happen at this religious feast, which in my view helps us to cope better with life. But because of what has happened in Egypt, to these two Coptic Christian churches, I became too up-set and ended up writing an article that was not showing forgiveness. So, instead of forgiving the doers, as this religious event of Easter teaches us, I was attacking them to the point that Hub Pages has marked my article as being Racist and other things.
I suppose Hub pages is right, for telling me about my negative comments, because I let my human nature take over, when I was going to write about a religious article. So, now I am going to edit and modify what I have said the first time, and hope that Hub Pages lets me publish what is left of this article. However, my human nature still drives me to say something about what is happening in the world today, which could partly explain what I have written the first time.
Therefore, I would like to point out this issue, since in a way it is the same issue that we are talking about here. I believe that, we of the western world make laws against ourselves, we cannot talk about many things because they might be Racist and many other things, so, we restrict ourselves even to the point where we cannot defend ourselves. So, here we should ask ourselves, if these laws that we have made, are they going to make any difference at all, or are they only something that make life even harder for us, because the rest of the world doesn’t care, and they use these same laws against us.
Having said that, now I can say that what I wanted to say in the first place, I am still going to express it in this article, since God seems to have given me the way, because a reader has written a comment that I could use to make people understand in a softer way my points of view. Now, let us talk hereunder more about Palm Sunday and Easter and less about what has happened in Egypt, so let us talk about the Christian religions.
People with their palms on Palm Sunday in St Peter Square Rome
About the Christian religions
The Christian religions
So, let us forget what has happened In Egypt, because, it would be wrong to talk about it, as it brings up Racism and hatred, and we are not allowed to talk about that. Therefore, let us keep this issue to a minimum, even though it is wrong what has happened in Egypt to these two Coptic Christian churches.
But allow me to say this,for any Christian religious believer, what has happened on Palm Sunday is so painful and disgusting, because Palm Sunday is perhaps the greatest day of peace for any Christian religion. It is the day that our Lord Jesus Christ enters Jerusalem, riding a donkey, while the population brings these olive branches and other palms in the sign of peace. So, this day is supposed to bring peace, as I am going to explain in the following example.
Now let me point out this to you, in Southern Italy in the town that I come from, the way that we celebrate Palm Sunday is to make peace, this could extend even to your enemies, if you want. So, let me explain what we do this special Sunday, first we go to mass taking with us a small olive branch, where the priest after celebrating mass blesses these olive branches or anything green that you have brought with you. Now, this is only the beginning of how the people behave on Palm Sunday; because after the mass when the blessing ends, the people going out of the churches, exchange some of their palms in the sign of peace, once that is over you may call to the house of some relative or friends, if you haven’t met them at the church. Now, let me add this personal note, when I was young, after the church service I went home, my mother would ask me if I had gone to our closest relative to exchange this palm, because this would be a sign of respect for the relative elders. But there is also more, if you had a girlfriend this was a good time to exchange the blessed palm, and have a small talk, you see in those times boys and girls were kept at a distance, so, this was a good excuse to talk to her; and then again, if you were engaged, you should really go to buy a small golden olive branch from the Jeweller’s shop, take it to church to be blessed and then give it to you fiancé`. So, Palm Sunday was a very peaceful, happy and interesting day.
But those were the good times, when everything was done the old peaceful ways, which in my opinion were very good times to live in, even if in the small towns that we were living in, boys and girls were kept at a distance, and the religions that we were following had a lot to do with this tradition.
Now that we have explained, how we were living the old times and what we did on Palm Sunday, we are going to talk about what has happened to the rest of my original article.
This might be a God send comment to explain my article
Over half of my original article has been deleted, but while it was published I had a good response from one of my readers, which really it says what I would have liked to say myself, but could not find the right words, Anyhow I hope that my reader, Jay C Obrien doesn’t mind if I paste his comment hereunder.
An answer to my original article
· Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA
Buddhism fails as a religion because it teaches No Afterlife for the Ego, No Soul.
Hinduism fails because Lord Krishna tells Arjuna to fight and kill his family to preserve his religious principles. (Religious principles should be Peaceful).
Judaism fails because it claims The Lord fought (and killed) people (including children) for Israel. See Joshua.
Christianity fails because it adopts the false claims of Judaism.
Islam fails because Mohammad prayed to Allah for victory in battle and teaches to fight for the religion.
A Progressive religion is needed to give up the Old (wrong) way of thought for the New (correct) thought. We need a Good, non-violent, loving, forgiving, accepting God/Father. We need a God without negative human emotions. One Source, One God, One Humanity, One Religion
(End of answer)
Thank you, Jay C Obrien, for taking the time to answer my short-lived article, which now has been edited and re-published in a shortened version. Yes, I agree with you one hundred per cent, that we need only one God for all existing religions, as you have explained beautifully. Thanks again.
This artistic painting is the Via Crucis of our lord Jesus Christ
Adding these Easter thoughts
Having written above what I could write, because of the restrictions, which we impose on ourselves these days. Here I would like to describe very briefly other things that happen at Easter, just for those people that might not be familiar with the Christian and Catholic faith, As Jay C. Obrien has pointed out above, most existing religions would fail, if we are looking for a religion that can overcome all religious problem, because that religion does not exist, because all existing religions have some written original defects. Since what we need is a religion, that could and would link all existing religions together, with a universal singe God, who does not favour a group of people against other people, so, we can say that everybody is equal in the eyes of God; this is the God that humanity needs. But this imaginary God that we need is not easy even to describe, because it is hard to imagine a God like that. Perhaps I should say that, it is hard to describe a God that humanity could accept, because people usually want a God for themselves; so, if this new God does not help them, they will just think, what is the use to have this God? One of the problems in religion is humanity itself, we are too selfish, we want a God for ourselves and not a God for everybody. I hope I have explained my point of view.
Anyhow, let us describe what could be the closest existing religion, that we believe is the closest and might be able to help us to achieve our universal God for everybody, so to speak. In my opinion, the closest religion it is the Roman Catholic religion, because our Lord Jesus Christ is the link between humanity and God, therefore, God is no more that rigid God of the past, but through Jesus Christ, God becomes more forgiving and able to change his attitude; not because God has changed, but the need of mankind has changed, so, God could be willing to change his attitude to help humanity, so, one day they could live in peace and harmony.
Now, let us briefly say what happens at Easter in the Roman Catholic church. Starting from Palm Sunday, which is the day that our Lord Jesus Christ enters Jerusalem riding a donkey, and the crowds believing that he is the messiah, which could free them from the Roman rules welcome him with the palms.
After some events that happen during the week, Jesus Christ is condemned to death by crucifixion. The way of this crucifixion of Jesus Christ is the events that the pope acts at the via Crucis in the Colosseum in Rome. After that Jesus is dead for three days and arises again on Sunday. This event is there to say that death can be overcome through Jesus Christ, because our souls will never die, if we believe in God and Jesus Christ.
So, Jesus Christ is our link to God the Father, and our hope for eternal life, since nobody wants to die. This is one of the reasons why religions exist, religions exist, because God and religions give hope to those that need hope most, and it also promises eternal life.
We could say many other things about our needs of God and religions, also about how religions are used from our religious leaders, since they use religions to control us, sometimes in a good way and sometimes the wrong ways. But I am not going to do that now, because I think I have said enough in this article. See you soon.
May God bless us all?
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