Why is it important to respect other cultures and religions?

Posted on May 6, 2019 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal

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Because each culture is beautiful, and each religion is but one way to attain salvation to God.

Looking at culture, it is the social practices of a specific group of people. Some cultures have influenced others (such as China on Japan, Korea and Vietnam, and India on Southeast Asia). Nevertheless, whether pure or syncretised, each culture reveals the people’s struggles and is a testament to how they have endured thousands of years of hardship and tribulations to become the great people each and everyone of them are today. Of course, there are the mainstream ones such as the Americans, the Chinese, the Japanese and the Indians, but we musn’t forget even the more off-the-beat people such as the Cree of Canada, the Malays, the Greeks and the Mongols. Each and every modern-day group of people that exists today has withstood the test of time and have emerged strong and resilient, and their culture, including their clothing, their food and their music, strongly reveals them.

And then there is religion, initially a set of moral beliefs that actually reveal pathways to spiritual salvation. These include the well-known religions of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as more esoteric ones such as Judaism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and even those of Mother Nature like Shamanism and Wicca. What do they have in common? Faith and belief in divinities that, when invoked, can aid one in getting closer to attaining enlightenment and ascending from the material world to meet God in Paradise. Each of the many divinities we see (e.g. Jesus, Buddha, Shiva, Vishnu, Allah, Huangdi) are different aspects of the same divine power, and sometimes may even become the literal personification of this divine power.

We must understand that culture and religion has undoubtedly added on heavily to the identity of the group, and has proven to be effective in helping them pull through all their difficult times. To respect their culture and religion is to acknowledge the legacy and heritage they have carved upon the known world, and their greatness as a collective people.

God bless! – Ryann Bong

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