Religion should not be the measure to judge others by

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2007

OK, I'm confused. Who's good book is right?

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I mean you have your Christians who aren't supposed to judge others but do so hypocritically when preaching the good word of the Lord. Does that mean they should get stoned? I bet they don't think so.

You have Mormons who say their way is the right way, which means you can't have soda but it's OK to sell it. You have Jehovah's Witnesses who say you can't celebrate holidays. You have Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and so on. Which one is the right way?

They all say their way is the right way and you have to follow them or you can't enter their "Pearly Gates." But couldn't the real answer be that none of them is completely correct? I'm sure there are common sense things that each religion can relate to, but maybe not.

There was a time in the Americas when Western or Eastern religions didn't exist. Imagine that. It must have been pretty difficult back then with all the Native Americans going to hell because they didn't believe or know the "right way." Thank God the Catholics came to rescue them. It took a while to make them believe, but they were made to come around through kidnapping, enslaving, torturing and killing. Talk about savagery. But hey, the Catholics got their point across.

The Native Americans probably had it right. Their religion was protecting the environment; they didn't overuse their natural resources, instead they shared with neighboring villages and took in people who looked lost. You know what I mean, the kind of people that came off boats and didn't know what to do.

But being kind and helping people is not good enough according to the "Good Book." You have to give yourself to the religion to get in the good graces of the Lord.

I don't think so. I don't think God or whoever the higher being is would want things to be so difficult with religious wars, enslavement and judgment.

Speaking of judging others, it is not anyone's place to judge other people through their religion. Leave that to God and step off your soap boxes.

Remember this, religion was created by man and humans are very flawed.

Raymond E. Paddock III


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