Let us discuss religious donations. Donation and church are an oxymoron. Why would churches that proclaim that monetary wealth is not important, ask for donations from their congregation? It is not surprising that many of our church buildings are magnificent architectural monuments in even poor communities. But does this ornate dwelling serve a purpose? Possibly the churches want to display a glimpse of the after life?
But what is the cost of spreading God’s truth. Does it come to the enormous amount of donations that are collected by our churches? How much does it cost to print copies of our sacred books? Did Jesus, Moses, Buddha, and Oyasama have an enormous purse string to spread the teachings. They only needed a pair of shoes, and their passion in spreading God’s truth.
The spreading of God’s teaching does not require money to spread. It is God that helps us spread the truth. It is this confusion of the churches proclaiming the evils of material wealth, but yet soliciting contributions that may be hindering the propagation of God’s truth to the world. When religious leaders begin to follow their own teaching, the congregation will be able to see a path to follow. For now, the world’s religions may claim to have many member; but how many of these members really knows God’s truth?
Donations do have an important part in society, but church donations to me have got out of hand. God does not need extravagant worship halls to be built. God is omnipresent. Only compassion and faith is needed to spread God’s truth. For most religions, it is spreading the truth of helping each other to produce a world of joy.