Agree To Disagree

In church today, I was inclined to get a little mad at something the priest said.

For those regular readers of my blog or close friends, you’ll know that though I was brought up as a Catholic, I’m borderline non-Catholic. Meaning… I sort of lost my faith in it. But that’s beside my current point.

Still attending church, I’ve always known that from my early teenage years, I haven’t been able to listen to the priest with the interest that other people do. However, today was different, as I suddenly found myself paying some sort of attention.

Two things the priest said stood out to me during that mass.

“Love does not come from us. It comes from God.” I was inclined to disagree, because I started to think of all my friends who don’t believe in God or have any spiritual beliefs. I believe that love comes from inside us.

The more he went on, the more I felt a little angry and sad inside because I disagreed.

Though I might have disagreed with that, another thing he said stood out to me and I could feel the soul inside of me nodding its head softly, angelically.

“We must love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Think of love this way. Love is like a glass of water. You cannot give love to anyone unless you receive love. When you receive love, the glass fills up. The glass overflows, with more than love – with courage, goodness, faith, kindness, to everyone around you. The only way you can give love to others is when others love you.”

I felt like he had more to say, and he did.

“Parents, all the parents here. Don’t teach your children little things. They are important but they are not so useful, and we worry about them all the time. Teach your children the most important thing. Teach them how to love.”

I wished my mother had come to church that day. I am not blaming her. But maybe our relationship could be better if we could both stop arguing and fighting. Maybe I just need to keep on trying harder. It’s just hard not to make her angry when I can often snap back in a way much like Sheldon Cooper would. Leading to streams of profanities and worse arguments. 😞

But what I’m trying to get at is that though you might disagree with someone – agree to disagree. You can have a healthy argument, but at some point it has to stop – because everything is relative. You might both be right, but in another situation, none of you could be.

This is why I don’t like people pushing their beliefs, including religion, down other people’s throats. It’s fine that you believe what you want – but not everyone is the same as you. Not everyone in this world is on the same level.

Love your neighbour the way you love yourself. It might be in the Bible, but it’s common sense. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

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