Our Common Humanity and the Strength in Our Different Faiths

Today, the expression of our faiths takes different strands but is all potently motivational for humanitarian actions. In effect, the diffusion and bush fire effect of domestic and international conflicts/ violence that have characterized the 20th  and the wake of 21tst centuries, such as the gross violations of human rights as well as the chronic situation of natural disasters have all had the propensity to galvanize our various religious  beliefs such as Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and a host of other  religious  beliefs to an unprecedented pedestal of global awareness; which find  expression in a spiritual and moral necessity and utmost urgency for love and compassion for all mankind; and most  significantly, for the frail, the needy, the hungry, the thirsty, the sick, the wounded and brutalized (physically and emotionally), the bereaved, the underprivileged, the victims of disasters, the victims of time and circumstance(i. e. ethnic cleansing), the victims of wars and conflicts, the victims of ignorance and complacency.

Thus, humanitarian values seem to be the epicenter of our various religious beliefs. With respect to humanitarian values however, Christianity and Islam for example have a common pedagogy as explicitly underscored in some relevant texts of the Quran and the Bible as saying “ in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; fort this is the law and the Prophets” (Mathew:7:12). The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in the Hadith did emphasize that; not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself. Similarly, in the Confucian Sacred book, K’ung-Fu-Tzu maintained that “what you do not want others do to yourself do not do to others” Moreso, “wishing to stand yourself, help others to stand.”

 Undoubtedly, this golden rule upon which Islam and Christianity and other religious beliefs are rooted in regard to unconditional and genuine quest for peace and tranquility and ultimately love for all mankind should be guided jealously by all adherents of these religious faiths. Our religious faiths or beliefs should not be used as a tool for our artificial divisions that are transient but rather be used as a tool for our unity of purpose and our common humanity that is God-made and enduring.

“Confused word bespeaks confused mind, an orderly manner never issues from mental confusion” Confucius (K’ung-Fu-Tzu) 551 B. C.

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Comment by Al LeBlanc on February 24, 2014 at 10:45am

Valentine:  Most Interesting - Thanks for Creating and Sharing !  Seems to me  the world's three great monotheistic religions (Judaism-Christianity-Islam) have common heritage and common cardinal tenets (e.g. One God. "golden rule", 10 commandments, etc) ; therefore they should be interoperable in practice. Historical Protestant-Catholic Conflict has given way to ecumenical understanding,respect and unity.  Why in the 21st Century the Shiite-Sunni Schism on the legitimate successor of Muhammad (roughly 85% of world's Muslims are Sunnis). Why don't Muslim Religious Leaders agree to disagree on certain issues and resolve centuries of conflict by accentuating their common unifying beliefs ?  Seems to me they want to perpetuate the conflict, ad infinitum ?  Al

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