If some one were to ask you what is the best part of your religion, would you be able to answer confidently. I remember once a member of our church brought his mother in law to church. She asked me what made my religion different from the others. I managed to stutter out some words, but I felt embarrassed for my lack of knowledge. What makes your religion different from all other religions? Does your religion make sense, or is it too difficult to understand? Are you in the religion because your parents were members? Is attending church like going to school? Do you feel all religions are about the same? Why all these questions? I will try to answer this question, but maybe some more questions before my answer.
What is the purpose of religion? What is the purpose of church? Is it to explain the unknown? The unknown is what happens after we die. Is it to place an idyllic picture of the afterlife? As we get closer to the end of our lives, we tend to think more of our final fate. For many, it is only when we are seriously infirmed, or when we become old that we ponder death. It is not surprising that many of the elderly become religious. Possibly religion exists to explain our after life. If this is the case, does religion relegate and lessen our present life?
I remember in the movie the Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise; the emperor asked Tom Cruise how the last Samurai died in battle. Tom Cruise answered, ” I will tell you how he lived”. Should religion or church teach us how to live on this earth? Does religion help us find the purpose of life? This elusive question has been pondered since the beginning of mankind.
What was God’s purpose in creating mankind? If we could read God’s mind; but may be the answer lies buried in the sacred books of our religions? In the Tip of the Writing Brush, it is written:
The reason God began human beings
was the desire to see you lead a joyous life. 14-25
So the next time some one asks me what makes my religion different from other, I can confidently state that we believe that all mankind was created by God to live a joyous life. With this mindset, we can help each other attain this joyous world, or heaven on earth. The purpose of life is to live a joyous life with everyone helping each other.