21 Jul Heart to Heart with God: A Journey Towards Acceptance Day 46
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 46-West Palm Beach, Florida:
How many times do we rush to judge others based on their specific religious beliefs? Better yet, how many times do we distance ourselves from people because we do not understand their religion beliefs or practices? In a world with so many different cultures and religious practices we have to learn to be more accepting of others. For the most part we wrongfully judge others or put groups of people into a box that we tend to stay away from. This is not what God wants us to practice, rather he teaches us to love all of our neighbors and to forgive others as He has forgiven us for our sins.
A perfect example would be the Islamic faith. There have been many terrorist attacks carried out by extremists in the name of Islam. However, the majority of Muslims like Christians are peaceful people, who have their own faith that they believe in. Likewise with the Catholic faith, many Priests committed crimes against young boys and girls that were unconceivable to God in the past. However, this is not what the Catholic faith is based on. Both of these examples are occurrences outside of what the scope of what each religious practice teaches.
We have to put our faith in God first and not allow cultural or religious differences to shape who we become in this world. People and groups of people make mistakes. God understands that we are humans and that we are not perfect. That is why Jesus came to walk among us, so that we can be reborn. As a society we should learn more about individual cultures before making quick decisions in our minds whether a group of people are good or bad, and also accept everyone as a child of God. If we put ourselves in a position of a God to judge others, we are condemning ourselves to hell, as God is the only judge. Praying to God for peace is the ultimate way to end religious wars and to allow Him to make decisions as the real Alpha and Omega.
Reflection Day #46
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: