I was reading about Chaos Theory and came across a theory concerning the “edge of chaos.” It struck me that religion lies across this nexus. Religion offers the hope of becoming something more than what we could be, but, so often makes us something less than what we are. It offers us the hope of an eternal and divine perfection, yet, so often those who are religious superficially (as so many are) as well as those who breathe deep of it’s air become so filled with hatred or disdain of those who do not share their beliefs as to make them less than what they could be.
We each have the divine in us. Religion can draw this out. There are many examples of this in history (Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad). Yet, so many of us are base creatures. We live out our hatreds using the words of the Gods or their prophets as justification for our hates, prejudices and pettiness. The wisdom of our collective religions are bursting with exhortation to love one another and to be “our brother’s keeper.” Too often, we fail to heed this calling choosing instead to condemn those who are different. We use the spiritual wisdom of the ages as division when we should choose brotherhood and unity of purpose.
The order that Religious Wisdom should bring instead becomes chaos by our own choosing.