“Religion” isn’t just a belief. It is humanity’s collective attempt to explain eternity.
“Religion” is a cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, world-views, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements . Or is it?
The problem with the “religion” is the fact that it objectifies faiths into nothing more than an ideological belief. Truth is, “religion” isn’t just a belief. It is humanity’s collective attempt to explain something far greater than what the eyes can see. It is humanity’s endeavor to explain eternity.
Therefore, religion should not be looked at separately, but holistically. Interfaith discussion shouldn’t be a matter of “living and let live” nor “mutual respect”. The center of interfaith discussion should, rather, be the bringing together of diverse religious pillars of all faiths to the table, accompanied with scientific findings, to lay out the groundwork to explain something that humanity so desires to explain — where do we come from, and where are we going.
You see, the point I am making here is that all religion attempt to explain something so profound, it touches the heart of all who ever lived. Questions regarding where we come from digs right into our identity. We need to understand if we are a treasured possession or if we’re nothing but a speck of dust. This is the foundation of humanity’s value.