Believe As I believe, Or I Will Smite Thee.


I have heard, that if you want to avoid conflict, that you should never get into a discussion of politics or religion. I will try to keep this discussion light, so maybe conflict will be avoided.

I just finished a novel called, “The Last Templar”. I admit that I took a long time to read this book. Not that it wasn’t interesting, It was. I just didn’t do it. I read half of it on my trip to the US in July and read the second half on my recent trip to Panama City.

I was a member of a youth organization, when I was in high school, known as the Order of DeMolay. It was named after the last Grand Master of the Knights of Templar, Jacques DeMolay. It was a ritualistic organization and had seven Cardinal virtues which are:

  1. Filial Love
  2. Reverence for Sacred Things
  3. Courtesy
  4. Comradeship
  5. Fidelity
  6. Cleanness
  7. Patriotism

I think this organization played a good part of developing my inner person.

Maybe it was my past association with this group that drew me to read “The Last Templar”. While this was strictly a novel, it had some historical elements within it. Without describing the plot of the book, I will tell you that it contained a reference saying that the Knights of Templar intended to unify three religions (Christians, Jews, and Muslims). I haven’t found any recorded foundation for this thesis, but it formed the basis for the novel.

I have never been a student of religion. I have to confess, that until this morning, I really hadn’t spent much time trying to understand the differences between them. I really had no understanding of the world’s population in the various religious, so this morning, I spent a little time looking at this subject.

It is interesting to me that the largest percentage of people in the world belong to Abrahamic based religions, which are made up of the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

While the historical recording of all of these religions contain many of the same individuals, the differences in beliefs can be seen today as one of the largest dividing elements in the world as we know it.

I am not making this post to get into some large discussion in religion. I think that one’s religious beliefs are a personal matter.

I personally believe that one’s religion may not be as important as how he treats his fellow man. I believe that the Cardinal virtues that I learned in the DeMolays have played an important part in my life and those virtues can be associated with anyone’s religious beliefs.

I wonder how many of the members of these religions, have ever really tried to study the other religions and try to find reason to unite rather than destroy. If you have never given yourself the opportunity to learn something about the other religions that make up this world, then you might like to take a journey and do a little reading as well. I used Wikipidea to do some quick research this morning. It is a pretty easy way to get a broad understanding. Click HERE to begin your journey.

9 thoughts on “Believe As I believe, Or I Will Smite Thee.

  1. i am “silly”, the largest religion in the world, the nonsense, but there are people so stupid who still do not know it exists.

    Happy New Year to you and your family

    Thanks Don
    Thanks Google Translator

  2. Here is the best I can do.

    Neo– Ne”o- [Gr. ne`os youthful, new. See New.]
    A prefix meaning new, recent, late; and in chemistry
    designating specifically that variety of metameric
    hydrocarbons which, when the name was applied, had been
    recently classified, and in which at least one carbon atom is
    connected directly with four other carbon atoms; —
    contrasted with normal and iso-; as, neopentane; the
    neoparaffins. Also used adjectively.
    [1913 Webster]

    Religionist Re*li”gion*ist, n.
    One earnestly devoted or attached to a religion; a religious
    [1913 Webster]

    The chief actors on one side were, and were to be, the
    Puritan religionists. –Palfrey.
    [1913 Webster]

    It might be that an Antinomian, a Quaker, or other
    heterodo? religionists, was to be scourged out of the
    town. –Hawthorne.
    [1913 Webster]

  3. (Groan. I don’t know if Ellen did that deliberately or not.)
    Another interesting read along this line–The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson.
    Thanks, Don Ray.

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