Originally posted by whodey
If that is true, why is the region such a war zone?
Sadly, for the same reason Baltimore is, I surmise....
For me, I stopped sorting out the correctness of a religion based on interpretations of institutions or others' actions based on their interpretations a very long time ago...in fact, it is likely for me that the founder of the religion (the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith) of which I was raised into is most correct in saying that all religion is wrong, "...for they draw near unto me with their lips, yet their hearts are far from me."
I do not live with my head in the sand ignoring the faults of religion...yet, there is much good to be gleaned from any religious focus if it is approached with an open and honest heart...this is not a prescription for any soul but mine...I hold that one's spiritual path (including that of the atheist--for is not doubt and unbelief a source of spirit?) is personal, as is one's own experience (or lack thereof) with That which is greater than oneself.
For me...Allah, God, Jehovah, Buddah, Rama, Lady Pele, the Goddess...are all forms and manifestations of That One Love...however named...
OM Shanti Om