In the past year and a half, I have come to understand my faith more than at any other time in my life. I have come to understand things that I have always known, but have been unable to realize the importance of, and how much knowledge is essential when it comes to faith. I have read more books and learned from more teachers than I have in my entire 59 years, and yet, it is still inconceivable to me.... when I meet up with bigotry, prejudice and intolerance.
What do we have to do, and how long will it take to eliminate this attitude? I know it sounds naive to say that, but I am not naive, I am more aware than ever and see this intolerance as a horrific disease growing out of control. We need to teach tolerance and acceptance, as God would. Instead of using God as the "reason" for the intolerance, we need to teach that he is the "solution" not the reason. Realistically, can one really believe that God only loves people that believe a certain way? No, God loves all of us no matter what we believe. We should love everyone as we do our children. No matter what they do, we will always love them. Why is it so hard to treat others that way? Who are we, that we believe that we have the right to judge others? Practice humility and intolerance will dissipate. Practice love and prejudice will disappear. Think about God and what he would "really" want for us. He would want happiness, love and joy. None of those is possible with intolerance and prejudice. Take time to quiet your mind and listen to the voice that will give you the answers. It is all in your mind...try looking for it, or stop and take the time to hear it.