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Hate is Anathema to True Religion


You can safely assume you created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do. ~Anne Lamott

Hate is anathema to true religion. It is impossible to follow Buddhism or to claim to love Jesus or be a true devotee of the Abrahamic systems of belief and hate another human. The systems are predicated on a foundation of peace, upon love, especially love for fellow humans. It’s a love that embraces the foreigner as a brother or sister, a love in which there are no ‘illegals’ for all are legitimized by virtue of being God’s children.

For anyone to hate another and claim to be a true believer is simply a lie. Light and dark cannot coexist. Love and hate cannot coexist. Light destroys the dark. Day destroys the night.

To hate in the name of a loving God is to distort God, an attempt to bend Him to our will, to stuff Her into a heart constricted by our own petty thinking. The immensity of God cannot be reduced to fit into our mind and still be God. This is to reduce God to a caricature of our own making. It is to mold God in an image of us when we are commanded by the Holy books to mold ourselves in Her image.

To create an image of God that hates is to birth a God of our own demons, it is to create God in our own image. It is to deny God and deify ourselves. Any religion in which we are the god is not true religion.

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2 comments on “Hate is Anathema to True Religion

  1. Very nice post the quote you started off with is wonderful. It unfortunately perfectly describes the Old Testament and the genocide it speaks about when god commanded the Israelites to go into the promised land and kill everyone. I agree with you completely about hate it never works, the Buddha said that hate and anger is like drinking poison and expecting the person you hate to die, only you are harmed in this process.

    However when you said that “any religion in which we are god is not a true religion” I must disagree. We most certainly are the creators of all that exists, especially our problems or our love. We decide every moment wether we are happy or sad. We create joy or anger in our hearts every moment. And we are responsible for ourselves and our actions. Maybe this is why Buddhism is not a religion and something more close to a philosophy or to science.

    Just my thoughts, have a great day,

    QP

  2. QP,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on my post.

    Perhaps it is because my brain is deeply embedded in Western thought that I need to view the ultimate through the eyes of a creator outside an individual that I believe “any religion in which we are god is not a true religion.”

    I definitely agree with your statements: “We decide every moment wether we are happy or sad. We create joy or anger in our hearts every moment. And we are responsible for ourselves and our actions.”

    Thanks again for caring enough to comment.

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