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Gandhi said it best: “God has no religion”

You would think that being religious predisposes me to the opinion that my religion is right and that I worship the ‘true god’, meaning all those who worship any other God are flawed in their beliefs—but no.

My opinion of religion and faith is quite controversial, and it becomes even more so the further I study it. As a religious individual studying religious studies at undergrad, I would say that my course has enriched me with a greater understanding of religion. Some would argue that my course has somewhat confused me or disillusioned me from the truth. However, I would argue that it has placed me in a position where I’m able to bring forth more objective, better-informed arguments. Also, it has enhanced my understanding of God.

Growing up in a Christian family I naturally assumed the Christian faith. From childhood, I was introduced to the church, taught how to read the bible and pray. Therefore, Christianity appeared to me as the right path. As a child you rarely question things that you don’t understand, even many adults opt out of questioning religion as it causes too much confusion. However, my degree has taught me to ask those uncomfortable questions.

Like, why is my God real and theirs is not?

Throughout my studies, I have come to the realisation that all monotheistic religions (belief in one God) worship the same God regardless of what name they fall under. Whether it’s Sikhs, Jews, Christians, Muslims etc. The concept of Religion man-made and God would exist in spite of religion.

Man created the idea of religion, which was in the attempt to understand the world and find a deeper meaning to life.

The belief in God became entangled within the concept of religion. This subsequently lead to the formation of religious groups like Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. Consequently, divisions were formed amongst men. Each split adapted their own method of worship, beliefs, and their own rituals. This differentiated them from others and the idea that we worship different God’s was instilled. Although there are many obvious differences between religious groups one thing many people fail to observe are the similarities.

If we strip away all the rituals and rules behind religion and look solely at the idea of God there is strong evidence to suggest that we do in fact worship the same God.

A key contributor to this argument is the consistent qualities ascribed to ‘God’. God is seen as both the creator and sustainer of the universe who transcends but yet is involved in his creation. He is everlasting, has no beginning and has no end. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent. All just and all merciful. He is both a God of love and a God of wrath, who forgives yet also punishes.

These traits are consistent throughout most monotheistic religions. This makes you wonder maybe it is the same God who is being worshipped. As his qualities remain the same regardless of what religion it is. The difference between monotheistic religions rarely has anything to do with the nature of God and his qualities. It is more so to do with the rituals, beliefs and practices. Therefore it is arguable that we worship the same God.

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