Monday, 17 December 2012

About Religion

Today, I invited some of my friends to the Christmas Gathering in our home church. By"our",I mean the church is at the apartment where I live and I've been attending the church for a whole semester. I cannot claim myself as a Christian as there is still one key fact I cannot accept at this moment, which is "Is Jesus God?". I've been seeking for the answer in Bible for weeks, but the conclusion I can draw is that "Jesus is the son of God" or "Jesus is part of God",but Jesus and God are not completely identical. However, I do believe it beneficial for people to know more about God. In fact, I invited five of my best friends who are non-believers, but only two managed to come.

This time, a Deacon in another Church came to our church to share God's words. It is very persuasive and I cannot pick significant flaws out of his words. At the end of the preaching, the Deacon prayed to God for guiding us to God. I prayed with the Deacon line by line. "...Believe that I am sinner...I will be judged by God...Jesus Christ is the only son of God...He died in the cross for us and resurrected...Only through him can we go to Heaven and sit at the side of God...Pray in the name of Jesus Christ"Believe or not, I accepted every line he mentioned in that pray. I listened very carefully and I remembered very well that he didn't say "Jesus is God" but"Jesus is the son of God". The "trinity" term is very hard to understand in a human point of view. One quite acceptive answer for me now is"the word became flesh". I guess I won't be able to understand that until I don't really care about it. However, I will read the whole Bible to seek for proper answers. 

There was a big debate between my Christian friends and my two non-believer friends. One of my non-believer friends is a materialist who only cares about facts instead of faith. He didn't talk too much, but every time he shared his view, he was strongly against religion(in fact, any kinds of religions).He listed a lot of facts from religious events and famous philosophers to claim that religions are sometimes disruptive to the world. The other friend believes that "There is God, and only one God". He has been reading many profound books about religions. He said religions teach us to be good persons,in fact, almost every "good" religion teaches us so. There is no persuasive reason why he must follow Christianity unless his parents are Christians or he has witnessed some miracles performed by Jesus Christ(not others). When I sent them back, I further listened to their opinions. I realised that the first friend is very hard to change his mind and the second is still possible to get improved.

Maybe religion is more about whether you believe it or not rather than whether something is genuinely true or false. To me, I'd rather believe that religions make people better humans and the world a better place. If not, it would be a tragedy.

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