'Sup guys, Fang reporting in for a guest post. Some of you know me, some of you don't. I'm the one dude who has a blog and posts stuff on it. Also, I sometimes do guest posts. Since Mark asked if anyone wanted to write a guest post, and he's a real bro, I figured "why the hell not".
I intended on talking about the lost meanings of religion and religious works such as the Bible, but that's kind of a tough nut to crack since it isn't extremely broad and hard to come up with really solid examples. So instead, I'll be discussing the similarities between belief systems, and why they seem so familiar at times.
Yeah, I said "belief systems" because I won't be solely talking about religion, but also beliefs and theories in general.
So what's the deal with religions and belief systems anyway? To sum it all up, someone (or a group of people) had an opinion, idea or experience, which others found either interesting and of value or just plain bullshit. The people who believed the guy sticked with him, together they (or a single individual) worked out their beliefs (and often wrote them down), and started trying to gain more massive a following.
For example, this one guy encountered a tiger, but the tiger just nodded at him and then left, instead of violently attacking. Upon returning home, the guy told the others what happened. They figured, "oh the tiger must want to help us, we should worship it" and so they worshipped the tiger. They took up habits of praying to the tiger or refraining from doing things that may insult it, and all these little rules and theories and stuff created a legit-seeming system.
What's my point here again? I'm not exactly sure myself either.
Ah yes. Somewhere on the other side of the globe, some other tribe had a similar experience with a lion. The same thing happened, but instead with different habits and whatnot.
After ages of those people sticking to their beliefs, having faith in it, the two groups came into contact with each other. Sure, cool, but "why the hell do you urinate against a tree? That's disrespectful for the tiger!" "Hell no, it shows the lion you want to take part in its creation!"
My point here is not that both tribes are really damn stupid, but rather that despite them having different rules and beliefs, there's still a similarity between them: they worship something, and it should be respected. This is the core of truth in both of them, because they are still thankful that one guy didn't get eaten.
…Okay, to be honest, that was a bit of a shitty example, but hey, I can go and explain it in a more abstract manner now.
With all these beliefs people have nowadays, there's bound to be a lot of conflict. But if we just stop yelling for a second, and take a closer look at the roots of our beliefs, we'll see they have a lot in common, and usually it's safe to say there's a common core of truth in there.
Whilst you shouldn't take everything for granted and truth right away, if you happen to find something in the Koran that's very similar in deep meaning to something the Bible says, there's a decent chance they are trying to get the same message across.
Hell, I can't help but feel I'm deviating from my original point, or not making a proper point at all. So let's just end it with this, shall we?
Be open-minded. Don't stay strong to your beliefs, wether it's what the Bible says, what some forum at the edge of the internet says, or science. There's always a rather big chance it isn't correct in some aspect, and another belief system may hold the true answer. Step out of your place as "theist" "atheist" or "scientist" for a while and take an objective look at thing. See them for what they are, look at what little truths they share.
Be open to new possibilities you may have never held for true. You might just've been holding onto the "wrong" end your entire life.
And also has a nice treat to him for doing this, and also to Mai actually, and everyone else who likes it, a supreme close up of my eye. Turns out I made a mistake and got the eye parts wrong, the ring is around my pupil, but hey there's a black ring around the iris.
I don't have an amazeballs camera but the ring is visible in this at least. Like I said my eyes aren't as bright as they used to be, the green was a lot more noticeable before.