Power has been restored. (thankfully)
The cat returned, too, after its hasty meal. It was lying under the chair, probably dreaming of cat heaven where fried fish are everywhere and in abundance.
Speaking of heaven, being Sunday and all, I sometimes wonder the difference between various religions’ description of their heavenly paradise.
We all want to be good, right? However, goodness is relative. What might be considered good by others, especially in religious perspectives, might be the opposite from someone else’s credo.
Picture the heavens described by some of the largest religions based on following. Can you distinguish differences and similarities? Are there points of convergence, points where all are talking of the same thing?
If you guess eternal bliss and everlasting joy with their Maker, you and I are in agreement. The promise was part and parcel of the belief in afterlife.
The problem lies with the manner to get there. To perform sacrifice and martyrdom is the most abused method used by fanatics from all sides. For them, the end justifies the means, even if those means necessitate violence and death, for them, their supposed enemies and their fellow believers. Can we see any good from all of these? The good that is a pre-requisite to a heavenly destination.
I believe ordinary believers from all faiths strive to be good. They follow their beliefs accordingly and respect other peoples’ religion as well. In all honesty, the small people have no problems with one another, peace would always be their common denominator.
But, this is the big BUT, when fanatics take the lead, poison minds, initiate violence, inflaming hearts and provoking each other, THEN, everything will descend to chaos. Their selfish motivations require that almost everyone has to suffer hell on earth, them as prime instigators of punishment. Isn’t that crazy and unfair?
Should we, ordinary believers of all faiths, demand that enough is enough? How many are the fanatics? They are a measly number compared to the billions of true and peaceful believers. Will we let them dictate our fates, they, who do not understand the real meaning of goodness?