Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who developed many ideas and beliefs still in practice today. An appreciated master of education, Confucius had strong opinions about respect, values, and the importance of family. His quotations are still referenced for scholastic and social pursuits.
Unity Principle was the Golden Rule in Confucianism
Confucius’ ideas can be divided into many subcategories. The first one is that of the Unity Principle. This idea is one of loyalty and reciprocity, or the belief that actions will be responded to in kind. Reciprocity is still encouraged in modern cultures under the heading of the “golden rule.” Confucius also encouraged his followers to judge others only by using self-knowledge.
Virtue Created Ideal Humanity
Another category of Confucianist thought is that of Jen, or virtue. Confucius believed that five virtues combined to create the ideal humanity. These virtues were: courtesy (etiquette), magnanimity (generosity of spirit), good faith in the gods, diligence (conscientiousness), and kindness.
According to Confucianism, these virtues were the goals all people were to strive for. Confucius also believed …Continue reading
Where To Worship?
Worship is often done in a sanctuary or other building designated for practicing religion. One of the biggest misconceptions about Christianity is that the only place appropriate for prayer is a church. This cannot be farther from the truth.
To worship is the act of honoring the Lord. You can honor Him at the grocery store while you’re walking through the produce aisle or even during your morning rush hour commute. God doesn’t care where and when you choose to honor Him, he just cares that you do it.
Attending Church Doesn’t Make You a Christian
People that consider themselves Christians because they attend church should not pass judgment on other fellow Christians who can’t make Sunday service at nine o’clock. Suppose someone had to work a weekend job to support their family which meant having to skip church on Sunday. Does that make him any less of a Christian?
For those of you faithful attendees of church, consider that worshipping doesn’t have to stop the minute the benediction is played. Throughout …Continue reading
Religion was supposed to be the glue which should bound people together. Each religion was found on basis of some tenets, common to all are peace, non-violence, truth, helping the weak and promoting the brotherhood.
In earlier times, people or tribes of people, were constantly at loggerheads. They used to fight over petty issues and had no ‘spirit of oneness’. Religions were founded by great men to give a ‘sense of identity’ to these people and give a ‘common belief’. For example, Christianity was founded by Jesus Christ, Islam by Prophet Mohammad and Sikhism by Guru Nanak. All of them came in very turbulent times and tried to give a population something to think about.
For a period, it seemed they had succeeded in their mission but over a period of time, even this ‘glue’ failed.Continue reading
If religion would have the binding force, Bangladesh won’t have sought a separate existence from Pakistan after a bloody war because both are predominantly Muslim countries. Even many Christian nations have fought wars for centuries among themselves. Even in …
Our Lady of Light in Zeitoun, Egypt is number 4 in my countdown of the Top Ten Apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
Many of us now think of Egypt as a Muslim state and, perhaps, the land of the ancient Pharaohs. We forget about the Coptic, Christian faith that came sometime in the 1st century AD, long before the arrival of the Arab invaders (around 641 AD.) Christ never set foot in Europe or the Americas, but he did live with his parents, Mary and Joseph, in Egypt. Egypt was the haven to which the holy family fled when Herod ordered the killing of first born Jewish sons in the holy land.
The apostle Mark, widely acknowledged to be the first to write a gospel, was born in Libya in North Africa. He returned to Africa soon after Christ’s death to begin preaching in Alexandria, Egypt. Thus the Coptic church was born, and it continues (although persecuted) to this day. Members of the Coptic faith are extremely devoted to the Blessed Mother. Therefore, it shouldn’t …Continue reading
What is wrong with religion you ask? Well, at the risk of angering the masses, the simple truth is that just about all of them are willing to teach you “the philosophies of men, mingled with a little scripture.”
Now before you cry heresy and gather the lynch mob, let’s think about the statement. Let’s start with basic Christianity (for brevity sake I am limiting the scope here) and it’s countless denomination. The central figure is Christ of course, and he made some very absolute statements, which whether you believe them or not is irrelevant to the discussion, he still made the statements. Christ basically said, “I am the way,” and then he went about setting up a church to facilitate the understanding of what he said, nothing wrong with that. His followers thought it a wonderful idea to jot down what he did and said as part of keeping a record for posterity. There is nothing wrong with that either, so far so good. Note though, no one was getting rich out of all …Continue reading
With all the hatred in the world today, especially towards foreigners, and more especially towards Muslims, another group of people, the atheists, have also come upon the scene and added to the vitriol against particular groups. Believing in God is a mental sickness, they say. They would laugh God out of existence. We all have the right to choose our own faith and when you’re older determine if you are where you think you should be. Unfortunately, this is hard to do as we inherit the teachings of our parents and don’t know any better.
A child born into Christianity, Islam or Judaism knows who he is by the time he is four. He knows he goes to church, the synagogue or mosque. He has to have an identity. And so he takes on the teachings and the scriptures which his parents have taught him. By the time he reaches the age of thirty his beliefs are well entrenched. He lives his life as a Christian or a Muslim or a Hindu …Continue reading
Number 1 on my list of the Top Ten Apparitions of the Virgin Mary has to be Mexico’s Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Guadalupe is the rock star of Virgin Mary apparitions. Her image can be found on everything from shoes and t-shirts to pancake griddles. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is either the most visited, or the second most visited Catholic shrine in the world, depending on what source you check. She even has a her own hit television show on the Spanish-language channel Univision, called, ‘La Rosa de Guadalupe.’
Each week, Our Lady of Guadalupe saves one unfortunate person from his or her terrible fate be it un-wed motherhood or a fatal illness. Mexico’s biggest stars take turns guest starring on Our Lady’s T.V. show. Not to be outdone, Mexico’s hottest pop, mariachi and ranchera music stars stage concerts to Our Lady in her basilica. You can see a video of the hottest teen group in Mexico, RBD, singing to Our Lady of Guadalupe at her shrine below. …Continue reading
Spiritual health is very much like physical health. To be healthy is to be whole or in a state of well being. Sometimes people become spiritually sick, just like their bodies might become physically sick. Some injury or infection may render the spirit weak or broken. In this case, a solution must be found and the individual may feel a sense of urgency about the matter. Of course, because our society is very pragmatic, such a sickness may go a long time without treatment, since its nature is not very well understood.
Regaining Spiritual Health
There are many ways a spirit may become sick. Individuals are just that–the treatment one person survives may be poison for another. A difficult youth, a significant loss, a long physical illness–all these may leave a person feeling incomplete or unable to interact successfully with others and the world. An infection, in a spiritual sense, is also an issue for many. Even if all other circumstances are benign, the painful feelings of dealing with a social climate where profit …Continue reading
What is the purpose of our species? Does religion actually hold the answer? Where does it come from? These are just a few of the many questions Wes Nisker addresses in his book The Essential Crazy Wisdom. Nisker asking the questions at first seemed entertaining, until the epiphany of logic becomes overwhelmingly humbling.
What is the purpose of our species?
To answer the question “what is the purpose of our species” would make one a prophet among prophets. But we know what our species is not. We are not the missing link. We are actually the most ill-evolved species on the planet. As author H.L. Mencken is quick to disclose, “all the errors and incompetencies of the Creator reach their climax in man.” Seems like a bold statement until considering the fact that our brains are over-evolved to the point humans only use a fraction of it. We are the only species who think we know how to self-preservative, yet do the opposite…”huhum” Global Warming. The human species has no defense mechanisms that even compare …Continue reading
Religion is perhaps the most interesting facet of society. The idea that there is a higher being which exists and is looking after us is absolutely fascinating. There can never be a way to prove or disprove the beliefs of believers, and it will always be a topic of great debate for millennia to come. For many people, religion has become a relic of the past. Some children are just not instructed in the religious heritage of the family they come from, and when they go out on their own. They would like to learn more about it. This can be a very daunting task though. Ancient text such as the Old Testament in the Bible, The Torah, The Koran and the like are extremely difficult to understand for the casual reader. The internet is now changing that.
It’s called open source religion. The internet is allowing individuals to add their own commentary next to religious text, creating a collective database of information, think “Wikipedia for Christians”.
One of the projects is called “Blogging the …Continue reading