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“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?

“I just do not understand how people can believe that a Supreme God created this Earth especially when . . .”

“Let’s just not talk about this. You should never talk about religion because it just causes too much controversy.”

Many conversations with my friends in regards to religion and politics seem to begin and end like this. It is as if there is an imaginary line, that someone decided would be dangerous to cross and as I sit here and try to think about why this exists, I am still amazed.

Why doesn’t anyone want to talk about the touchy subjects? What are we SO afraid of?

People can spend hours debating why such and such person is attractive or why so and so did not deserve to win American Idol, but religion and politics are suddenly different.

Maybe it is the intensity and passion that these two things evoke, but if we truly believed in something we should be able to explain why we believe it and be able to listen to someone who disagrees. Having conversations like this allows for us to learn and develop our faith and ideas.

In the end of a discussion, we do not have to agree with the person. We do not have to change our beliefs. But we should be able to again decide for ourselves, if we still believe what we believe after being questioned.

Although in an ideal situation, all discussions on politics and religion would end well, but that is not always the case. Many conversations end with the loss of a friend or even worse, deep hatred and resent. Some people even go as far as causing physical harm.

I wish we could receive the benefits of an ideal situation with thoughtful and peaceful discussion because the end results are truly valuable.

Because I was always taught that religion is something that is powerful and shouldn’t be questioned, I lived the majority of my life in fear and mainly in ignorance. I was told and taught to believe something, that at that time I did not believe in my own heart. Overtime, as I began to question myself and have discussions, I began to truly believe in my heart my religion and began to embrace it for who I was and for what it was.

In the end we just have to decide: Are we willing to take the chance…

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“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”

I have been doing a lot of traveling lately to places such as Maine and Ohio. The colors there are absolutely amazing: lots of yellow, greens, oranges, and reds. Fall is coming and I do not think I have ever been as excited as I am now.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein