An Instruction Manual
The Unproven Truth
Humankind has its own instruction manual. In fact, it has not just one but multiple volumes of guidelines. There’s the Quran, the Bible, the Eight-Fold Path, the Four Noble Truths, the Book of Mormon. The list is nearly infinite of sacred texts that have come from religion. You may be wondering, what is this religion? My guess is though that your society has one. They have independently developed across my world since the times of the ancients. A religion is a set of believes, usually regarding theology of the gods. Usually stories may be told to explain creation and life after death. Most importantly though, the instruction manuals of all these religions teach you how to live a good life that will not only benefit you, but will benefit the people around you. It’s quite humorous actually that even though members of a particular religion may argue small details with members of other religions but the truth is both teach the same thing. “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” “Love thy neighbor as you love thyself.” “Treat others how you’d want to be treated.” See a theme here? It’s not just the Golden Rule that is shared between texts it’s many many rules.
In recent years though there has been a shift. New schools of thought have emerged from a generation that is more about me and less about we. More and more of my peers are losing interest in following any ethical code at all. Somewhere along the line we all mistook “be yourself” for “have everything be about yourself” and no one corrected us. See we decided that because we figured out a way to conquer the problems of the world ourselves we don’t need help from any “God”. How convenient to that if we don’t need “God” we don’t need to follow his silly wishes and help others. We don’t need to waste our money on donations to the poor. We don’t need to waste time helping others out. We aren’t obligated to treat our neighbor the way we want them to treat us because if we can step on them to get ahead well boo-frikin-hoo for them.
Besides, when we as a society can see every little cell in our body, why should we believe in anything we can’t see? We can’t trust our neighbor let alone some stranger at the pulpit telling us how to live our lives. That’s just ridiculous. If we can’t see this “God” character he can’t be all great, right?
You see, reader, you can see better than we can that we’re missing something. That something is faith. Faith in ourselves, faith in others, and if you think like me faith in God. We refuse to believe anything that is intangible anymore and I think that is just unhealthy for us. We need it now more than ever too! With parents unable to parent and kids growing up much too precariously we need something or someone to remind us how to be decent people.
As I said before we have freedom. I respect others’ choices to not believe. However, I feel that religion is getting put into a padded room. It’s now something to be embarrassed about or makes you a Jesus-freak. I just think it’s about time we all had a little more faith.
© Copyright 2016 Jimmy Stoen. All rights reserved.
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