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Tolerance

Updated on March 5, 2013

Mike's Common Sense

When our founding fathers started our great country, it was based on the tenet that all men are equal, regardless of their religion or creed. This is something we all outwardly want; nobody wants someone else to tell them what to believe. The problem is that there are way too many of us who have no problem telling others what they should believe. I believe this is called hypocrisy.

Most major religions outwardly preach that if you don't belong to their church that you are doomed to Hell. I grew up Catholic, and back in the '60s they instilled this upon us, over and over. As I got older and went to college, I grew to be more of a free thinker. The reason the religions hang Hell over your head, like the Sword of Damocles, is to keep control over you. If they can keep you afraid of going to Hell, you will follow their laws, keep giving them money, and never leave them.

We need to stop being afraid.

The government uses fear to regulate us, and the churches have been doing it for millennia.

Fear also breeds intolerance. The major problems of our world are all rooted in intolerance between the different faiths. Each faith is dead set that they are right, and will fight to the death to prove it.

Any faith can pull out some obscure line from their important book to justify killing others. I have heard it from all sides. They even pull up lines to condemn homosexuals, people of color, and just about anybody else they don't like.

Instead of looking for obscure lines to justify sin, remember the main premise of all religions: Love God, love yourself, and love thy neighbor. It's not that hard. Be yourself, follow whatever religion you choose...but allow your neighbor the right to do the same.

When I was a little boy, I'd much rather they taught me that than about Hell. I would have had a lot less sleepless nights. .


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      Lurana Brown 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      muley84: i totally agree.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Londongirl: point well taken, however in its day it was revolutionary, and certainly more advanced than the tenets of King George. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

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      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      "When our founding fathers started our great country, it was based on the tenet that all men are equal, regardless of their religion or creed."

      I'm not at all sure that is right. It seems to me that they thought white, educated, property-owning men were created equal. But not black men, Indian men, or women.

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      Elena. 

      9 years ago from Madrid

      Well said!  I'm not a believer, but I absolutely respect all you've said in this hub, and I agree with most of it, too.  The one thing I don't see the same way is "The major problems of our world are all rooted in intolerance between the different faiths."  I don't think ALL problems are rooted in intolerance between faiths, some problems I think are rooted in plain human flaws, such as ambition, selfishness, willful ignorance, and other assorted human imperfections.

      Good job and thanks for sharing!

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      Debra Allen 

      9 years ago from West By God

      Hear, Hear--and if you don't do the sames as they do you just must be angry with the church or someone---they can't see love and that is a shame.

      Here is what I posted to someon on one of my other hubs. I was going to make a hub for it but then saw you and just wanted to add it to your great hub instead. It was a response to my Rock and Roll The tool Of Satan hub. I am not leaving the hubber's name in it though,

      "Cause and effect is also in that Bible, which is the same as Karma. Now there is also the talk of Love in ones heart and that if there is love there can be no fear. Yep, Jesus said that right in that book. Now you so called Christians can chose to have Fear and spread it througout and poison those whom you talk to but I choose to have Love in my heart. Jesus said not to fear him and I don't. I know that everything is going to be OK---because he told me so. Now you can choose to believe that it was and is Satan whom is talking to me and that be your choice because you choose to have fear in your hearts, but don't try to instill that fear into me becaeu I do not fear Jesus and his love. We are already loved because Jesus and God FIRST loved us.

      Music is made by God and therefore it is a good thing. Everything is a good thing when it comes out in the end. I am sorry that you don't feel that way and try to convert anyone who feels or knows different. Ther is another thing that God has given us and that is SELF RESPOSIBILITY. We are responsible for our actions our own actions and therefoe it is only for us to se what is evil to us and what is not, but not to be prejudiced about it before we even hear the words. Things do not come the same way to everyone but only to the individual.

      Jesus said this about everyone of you and you all forget that part: "forgive them for they know not what they do."

      Now put the Fear out of your heart and replace it with the LOVE of Jesus because he said that there can't be both there at the same time. Believe me LOVE feels so much better than prejudice and spreading fear and trying to convert people to your thinking. Did he not make each individual as individuals---I think he had a reason for that--so we wouldn't become like "The Borg"."

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      goldentoad 

      9 years ago from Free and running....

      Right on Muley84!

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for a simple yet profound Hub on a subject that is close to my heart! Tolerance and acceptance are the virtues we need in today's conflicted world. Understanding is what will help heal the conflicts.

      Happy New Year and love and peace to you and yours,

      Tony

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