Who do you believe in?
What belief best fits you?
As a child we are tought certain things by our parents, teachers, television influencial iconic figures and the society we live in. Depending on your upbringing or social position, these views and beliefs can be altered and naturally swayed over the course of your life. The world is a big place, filled with various cultures and religions and if you've ever traveled or consider yourself to be socially concious, your brain could have absorbed a wide array of knowlege that can depict your standpoint on certain personal beliefs you may have.
I was born to what the world would call, a "religious woman." However, as I grew and learned the difference from what the 'world' calls something and what may naturally be, I found that at least for myself, the closer we feel we are to the TRUTH, the further infact we actually are. I'm sure you've heard of the demi-goded Greek culture's various gods and goddesses and other stories that strike our imagination. Our infatuation with the after life possibility, depictions of Heaven and Hell and Hollywood's interpretation of the ongoing fight between good and evil (remember Constantine)? All of the stories, books and movies undoubtedly affect our viewpoints in some way or another. After all, the people behind them are human and it takes imagination to strike imagination. However, lest you know the 'real' truth, your mind may wonder in search of it.
Over time and through the years I have adopted various religious and personal beliefs. I was raised Christian, non denominational and till this day believe in the holy trinity of God the Father, the Holy Spirit and Christ the Son. I also believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose to ascend to Heaven to only return for the righteous in the last days. In addition however, I believe very little of what the Bible entails. In my opinion there's too much room for error when a book is written by man, regardless of what angelic influence the writers were under.
Man has been accused of tampering with mankind's free will to live and thrive by his own means and looked to 'control the society' by implementing it's religious beliefs as true doctrine. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure my faith stands in accordance to what is actually real but I believe a man's faith is his key into heaven. I also believe that God is not ignorant and knows man is without 'hard evidence' of his existance so it only seems fitting that God would judge a man's heart and not whom he or she chooses to worship, well, to an extent.
I recall having discussions with my mother based on the different cultures and religious beliefs in the world asking 'what about the people in India or 1000's of miles away who never heard of Jesus, are they going to hell because they didn't believe?" As always, the answer was yes! Even when I asked my pastor and bishop, the reply was always "the world knows, they just choose not to believe." Frankly it never made sense and it seemed too primal of a throught processed judgement by what is supposed to be a merciful and loving God.
Man, in my opinion has perversed the image and name of God. A true God is universal, all languages and translucent, without color OR religion. That's right, God has no religion, nor did he preach a religion. Your Relationship with God is what counts, and furthermore your relationship with yourself and others also determines your existence in the life after. God created us all in his image and to be like him so we are all gods (lower case).
I heard a friend say that we are all spirits walking around with garments of flesh, not flesh walking around as spirits. We all speak the language of God, but it is he who we acknowlege and pay homage to.
Think about it, would a man in the deep countries of China call his God, Allah? Or a man in Indonesia, as a child grown to a man with only one belief, would he abandon his faith for another man's account of God? And what gave man the right to alter another's faith and condemn him to life in hell if he chose not to?
It's simple, the world will never be at peace and war will destroy us as a whole if we don't let people believe in what they believe in. Is war necessary? Maybe, there are those in the world who's lust for destruction and control could possess them to apply force in order make believers out of men of different faiths.
As gods ourselves, we need to recognize that fact and spread that knowlege throughout the world and to all mankind. Then maybe we can all believe in the same thing, ourselves!!!