Religion is one of the oldest source of both conflict and unity between people. Many have done magnificent acts in the name of religion, best examples would be the creation of the world’s most wonderful churches.
My personal favorite is the Las Lajas Sanctuary located in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño, in the municipality of Ipiales, and built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River, this church is an excellent example of acts or things built because of fate.
The church was built in 1974 after a declared miraculous event in the area where the church was built.
By simply looking at this church and reading about its story makes a person feel the weight of conviction the people have when building this church.
However, people have also done terrible actions because of religion either due to misbelieve, believing in the wrong idea, or exploitation of religion taking advantage of those who put too much stock in their religion.
I have witnessed examples of all these negative impacts in religion some through the news others personally.
One unforgettable occurrence for me was the beheading of a person done by a group believing in Islamic Jihad. This was something I saw on a social media website but was immediately removed as soon as several fuming comments were posted.
In my opinion these atrocities are done by people with incorrect understanding on how the man upstairs would like to have things accomplished. The abuse of religion has been done unmistakably for money, power, politics or personal gain. Some religious leaders get succumbed to the power of controlling other people to their own personal gain misleading them to carry out immoral deeds instead of the opposite.
In the end it does not matter what religion you have or if you are praying to God, Allah, Shiva, Yaweh, or whoever you have know to call him. It all falls down to the common denominator we call morality and law. Most laws are mainly universal and do not condone murder, burglary, etc.
We simply need to follow the golden rule “ Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you” then maybe we can all live in peace and focus on our personal progress and purpose in life. I for one simply accept that golden rule and hold on to my religion to strengthen that belief and place my faith where I believe has a purpose and acceptable reason for not overstepping on any boundaries.
My message simply says that religion is something that should give us a place to put our faith on to strengthen proper beliefs and ideas whilst not forgetting to have rational thinking as we live in our everyday lives.