These are common moral principles recognized by the world’s major cultures which I found and copied out from some different books about religions and connected sciences. Interestingly they resemble so much, but still there is animosity between people regarding their religion and belief. Such attitude exists even in Christianity when people divide it into Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic, Baptist, Apostolic and so on. I will never understand those people who usually ask whether you read Apostolic or say Orthodox Bible. Bible is one and the shape of the cross on it doesn’t change the content of the book. I have my personal stand point about religions, though it coincides with that of many other people. History proovs that these divisions are invented by politics and serve to their own benefit. It’s a quite political issue, through which they put in action their plans, and which also serves as a splendid means to cover their dirty machinations.I can go on discussing this, but more importantly I’d like to sharewith you what I found .Evil can be overcome by good:
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Christianity).
“The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one that is better , then lo, he between whom and you there was enmity shall become as though he were a bosom friend” (Islam).
“Conquer anger by love. Conquer evil by good. Conquer the stingy by giving. Conquer the liar by truth” (Buddhism).
“I treat those who are good with goodness, and I also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained” (Daoism).
What we give out will return to us:
“Ashes fly back in the face of him who throws them” (African proverb).
“Whatever a man sows, so shall he reap” (Christianity).
“Whatever affliction may visit you is for what your own hands have earned” (Islam).
“The imprudent man is consumed by his own deeds, like one burnt by fire” (Buddhism).
Responsibility for our problems in our life begins with our self:
“In practice of archery we have something resembling the principle in a moral man’s life. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of the failure within himself” (Confucianism).
“Man should discover his own reality and not thwart himself. For he has his self as his only friend or as his only enemy” (Hinduism).
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brothers eye and but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” Christianity).
As we see these cultures are almost similar and it’s not always necessary to blame religions when people have contempt and kill each other. Religions shape civilization through promoting moral values and transmitting them from one generation to the next. Each religious tradition emphasizes certain ideals that have broad appeal. It is possible to cherish and uphold the ideals of one’s own tradition, while acknowledging the admirable ideals of others and learning from them.One way to create a moral common ground for a harmonious world culture is to view each religion as having something to offer to the entire world. The following list of ideals promoting by various traditions offers a starting point for such an enterprise:
Christianity–faith, sacrificial love
Confucianism–personal integrity, family responsibilities, ethical social order
Hinduism–Understanding and development of the inner self
Islam–obedience to God, harmony among races
Judaism – ethical monotheism, divine guidance
Taoism–balance among the vital forces of nature
These are the principles, the values to be followed, especially now, when we are in Lent period. But unfortunately today people, mainly the younger ones, fast with the hope to lose weight and the achievement of harmony between the spiritual and physical world is withdrawn to the second place. Yet, people must be able to establish harmony between human beings and natural world, inner harmony, sincerity, nonviolence, respect for life and each other. Isn’t this the only way to achieve Peace? Yet, much water will flow…