How do you know you're a Hindu? How do you know you're a Muslim? How do you know you're........
Is religion something that can be handed down through generations? How is it that two people having nothing in common in their ways of life or morals can belong to the same religion?
From what I understand, essentially your religion is your way of life, moral code and how you, if at all, regard the supreme force/being.
How can anyone be born with a religious tag?! Shouldn't the process be that first you'll know the things around you through
senses, experience, thought, reasoning, intuition, reading and other
ways of cognition, and you'll be able to choose your way of life for yourself? It'll be up to you how you'll regard the supreme
force/being, if you're interested in it at all. You need to be helped and guided by the the people around you, of course. Your genetic code, along with the above factors, will have a bearing on your moral code. And all these factors will keep changing all your life making you change along with them, if you don't close your mind.
If you're doing everything yourself to find your path of life, where does a predefined stagnant religion come in? Logically, every grown-up individual has his/her own religion. It can be said that there are as many religions in the world as the entire human population minus the ones in their tender or formative years.
There are busy people, poor people and those unfortunate people who
cannot read. They don't get the opportunity to go deep into the contents
of "their" religions. They make do with mechanical observance of
some rituals without knowing their meanings, their inherent
insecurities, fears and desires making them do that. So, majority of
people, even the most religious-looking ones, are not religious in
effect. This makes religious tags all the more irrelevant.
I cannot see the need of this prevailing system of grouping and tagging people as Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc. This has proved to be divisive and dangerous time and again, and led to absurdities like a criminal and a scrupulous person belonging to the same religious group. Doing away with this system doesn't mean everyone is becoming an atheist, but rather it means widening of the scope of true religious knowledge, as different belief systems merge into one.And the best thing that will happen, if we remove our religious tags, is many "religious" warmongers, rioters, terrorists and the like will be out of work.
Edited by mind-googling - 19 May 2010 at 11:25pm