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Religion is created by man. It is a tool that can be used for good or for bad – depending on the people or person in power, using it.
That being said, it is something that has guided my friends and many of my family members. In many ways, I find it beautiful —it gives them purpose, and provides them with a compass that helps them bring good into the world through charitable actions and a way of life.
On the other hand, I have often struggled with the notion that one religion can believe that it could be better or the “right” religion when compared with another – especially when religion itself is a product of man. Man wrote down any revelations they may or may not have had from a god or gods.
Also, atrocities committed on behalf of religion is another very serious aspect of religion that I struggle with. Yes, they are most often committed by extremists and extremists exist across all religions, but still the common denominator is religion.
As someone with Jewish heritage, religion has not played a dominant role in my life. Then again, if I had been alive less than one hundred years ago, I can imagine that as someone with Jewish heritage, religion would very much matter. But nowadays, I'm forced to readjust my stance of what religion means. Of course it's still about believing in a god or lack of one. But I find that to me, religion is about what standard of morals you are taught and how you apply them to the world around you.
Though I do not consider myself particularly religious, I do like to abide by a rule that is found throughout nearly all religions. Most commonly known as the golden rule, the phrase goes, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” I think that above all, we just need to be good to one another. Be open to others and not persecute others because they are different, rather celebrate our differences. When we don’t know or understand something, we need to ask and have a conversation. Because we are all humans inhabiting and sharing this earth and none of us 100% without an ounce of doubt, know what lies beyond.