Why can we not accept that it is okay for people to be different and to have different beliefs? Do we think that we are weakened, rather than strengthened, by diversity? Do we believe that God will punish any who stray from (sometimes) centuries-old teachings? Do we think that it’s up to us, the righteous ones, to attack anyone with a different opinion? All in defence of God’s cruel, vindictive nature, of course.
The Universal Intelligence (God, our Creator, the Source of all that is) has no ego to bruise, no axe to grind. There are as many ways to have a relationship with God as there are his children, and certainly no need for everyone’s life choices to be the same. As God’s children, we have been given the gift of free will. We can choose to do as we please, or we can choose to do as God asks. It is not sin and there is no punishment if we choose the former, because that is what the spiritual law of free will mandates us to do: make choices. There may be negative outcomes if we choose to do what we want, but they do not result because God is punishing us – they result because we don’t always know what’s best for us and sometimes, we make lousy choices.
How long will we continue to judge, criticize and condemn, sometimes to execution, any and all with different beliefs than ours? It is beyond unreasonable to think for a moment that God wants any of his children to kill any of his other children. God will continue to exist, no matter what we do. God will continue to love his children, all of us, unconditionally, no matter what we do. We will all return to him eventually, to share our vast lifetimes of experiences with him. After all, that is our purpose…that is why he created this particular reality.
Here’s a quote from Sri Aurobindo, an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet. In it, he provides a different way to think of this Universe:
What, you ask, was the beginning of it all?
And it is this…
Existence that multiplied itself for sheer delight of being
and plunged into numberless trillions of forms
so that it might find itself innumerably
– Sri Aurobindo