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Religion

by Quentin S Clingerman

Put me down as being empathetic
With any who have religion systematic

Respecting all those who believe
In whatever they have chosen to conceive

I respect Buddha, though he was but a man
I disagree with many conclusions with which he ran
He was thoughtful seeking the truth
I would not worship him but respect him as far as I can

Mohammed, a prophet, he called himself, not God
I would dismiss much of his logic
But hold him in respect for the boldness of his beliefs
Nor would I quarrel with his followers

And so I would respect anyone who has set out their own concepts of God, of right and wrong, nor mock or persecute any who follow any particular belief system

I would however, hold fast my faith, the revelation of God in Jesus Christ
He is my Savior and my Lord who coming from God, loved the WHOLE world
And gave Himself to die on a very cruel cross that all those "who believe might not perish but have everlasting life".

As He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me." I firmly am convince of that truth by the Holy Spirit working in me. The same Spirit who is in the world to convict, convince, convert all those who will
listen.

Anyone not believing as I do I would befriend whether you accept the truth
Nor would I belittle you or your belief for you too are from the same "flesh"

01/16/2014

Author's Note: I believe there would not be the hatred in the world that there is if we all respected each other regardless of belief. Believing there is ONE Truth does not mean others should be castigated, mocked, or persecuted.

Posted on 01/16/2014
Copyright © 2021 Quentin S Clingerman

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 01/17/14 at 03:24 AM

Hi Quentin. I like how you use the one word in the title, Religion, and then in the poem speak about some of the various major religions and their founders. To me, no one mortal has the answers, nor has the right to impose their belief(s) on others. We must all keep an open mind about this subject, and only when we die, will we learn the truth. For me, I have resigned myself to the theory of Intelligent Design, which does not rule out Evolution, which to me happens regardless, nor the existence of a higher power...God. I love the concept/existence of Christ and what he stands for. Your Author's Note sums up the whole piece brilliantly and reflects what I've said above.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/17/14 at 03:36 PM

This is a very mature, thoughtful piece about our beliefs. I admire your respect for others very much.

Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 01/19/14 at 12:07 PM

*****STELLAR*****

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 10/12/14 at 11:56 AM

it is this viewpoint which makes us human, not to judge lest yea be judged. we make such poor judges, given none of us are in a position so to do. but we are in a position to love, because love is what we are when we come right down to it.

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