In this blog I prefer not to write about faith but last year I reached this stage of enlightenment about understanding people and faith. I need to put a disclaimer here; reading this post requires an open mind as I don’t mean to attack certain groups or individuals. This is pure my thought. Disagree with me, do write your opinion in the comment section. As long as you express it nicely, I gladly reply it.
Coming from Indonesia where the state officially acknowledges religions and now living in the secular country I experience the two extremes regarding faith.
I think I have figured out why fanatic religious people impose their faith on others. These people believe they have found the truth, they have seen the light, therefore they are saved. The following logic is to tell the world about it. Their heart is overflowing of the joy they want others to experience it too. They wish others would be on their path.
That is my observation and I noticed ever since I have understand those hardliner religious people better. For the records: it concerns many religions which I come in contact with not just solely Christianity or Islam.
For us outsiders, some fanatics might seem self-righteous but in fact they annunciate their truth. To this extent I understand why. Attention: I understand why but I don’t always agree of approve how they do it.
Following discussions between believers and non-believers is interesting as well. The former persuades the latter to follow the same path but the latter doesn’t want to be saved. It is difficult because faith is believing in something invisible. Faith is very personal. Faith is in fact a relationship between a believer with the Almighty.
I feel genuinely sorry for faith related conflicts either in personal situations between friends and family members, as strong conflicts and religious intolerance in the world. Now I get a broad understanding why this happen. Let this be a start for more understanding among us, less judgments as there is quite a number of faiths/religions in the world with their own interpretation.
This is my note on a cloudy lazy summer Sunday afternoon.