Religion is often seen as a taboo for discussions and arguments. Use it to promote human welfare and not demote human values. Let me explain what I mean by this statement.
There are over six billion people in the world. All have their values, beliefs, cultures, diversities, habits, civilizations, rights, duties, responsibilities and expectations. Some of the commonalities are grouped in the form of religions. There are many religions all over the world – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, et al. The people belong to, follow or adopt one religion or the other in the form of different spiritual practices and forms of worship of different Gods. This does not mean that they despise the other religions. This does not mean that we have the right to criticize other religions. Religion should make us stable in our human values but not fanatic. When religion breeds fanaticism, human values deteriorate and it gives rise to conflict and wars. God is one but we have seen Him in different forms in different ages. He appeared as Lord Krishna, Lord Rama in Hinduism. He came as Lord Buddha in Buddhism. We know Him as Lord Jesus Christ in Christianity. We worship Him as Guru Nanak in Sikhism. Some Gods are worshiped by people from multiple religions. Lord Saibaba is worshiped as God in Hinduism and Islam alike. Some worship idols, others pray to symbols, and single or multiple forms in Temples, Mosques, Churches, Synagogues and visit pilgrimages during their lifetime.
All religions were and are propagated by their leaders and none advocates one as superior to others. Religion preaches unity and teaches us to retain faith. Faith is aimed at preserving human race with collaborated progress but not ruining it with mutual hatred. Competition is not among religions because they are not in the race. We, human beings, are in the race of progress and should strive at making our religion better than earlier by bringing out the best (peace) instead of degrading or looking down upon others.
Religion connotes sacred and divine. Religion should lead us to peace. Let’s come together and practice religion to make it a means to attain God and not tarnish with prejudice and violence.