There is a joke MEME going around online that says, “A Jew, a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and an Atheist walk into a bar…then they talk, laugh, drink and become great friends. It’s not a joke, it’s what happens when you are not an asshole.”
It made me laugh when I saw it because of its simple truth. It also made me smile because I’m in a relationship with a man of a different faith than myself.
I consider myself a modern day Pagan. Nature is my Sanctuary. Love my religion.
He is (though he hates the stigma that goes with it) a Christian. He follows Jesus’ teachings of faith, hope and love.
I have been asked (and he has too) many times, “How do you make it work with such different points of view on something as significant as belief?”
The answer is a simple one…Mutual respect and love. I respect the man and he respects me.
We have spent countless hours together drinking wine and talking about religion. The pros and cons, the ups and downs, creation vs evolution (and maybe a mix of both), on and on…
Not ONE time have we ever fought about it (and trust me, we are both stubborn fighters). I have learned a great deal from him, and he from me; and with open ears and an open heart each of our views have changed over time.
I look at the news and see what is happening in the world and it makes me cry. Belief and religion should bring the world together, not tear us apart. The world needs a healthy dose of mutual respect, love…and maybe a glass of wine.
Now these three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
“Love is a gift of one’s inner most soul to another, so both can be whole.”
Namaste my friends