Is religious tolerance the short cut to God’s Approval?
India is a great country in many ways; we have about 29 States and each State speaks its own language. Although Hindi is one of the official languages of India and is pushed to be accepted
throughout India by the North, people of the Southern part of India don’t care because all of them
have a good command over English.
80% of India’s population consists of Hindus, immaterial of that fact we have had three Presidents who were Muslims. The last and the greatest Muslim president we had is Dr. Abdul Kalam, who was known for his work in the development of indigenous Ballistic Missiles, we also had an Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif. We had a Supreme Court Judge, who was a Christian by name K.T. Thomas.
India is a country with the greatest of religious tolerance and any person worthy can work their way up to
the highest level; this has translated into India having several presidents from various religious background such as President Venkataraman from the Brahmin Community, and President K.R. Narayanan, who belonged to a backward community (which existed in the past); the latter, despite his class origin, as the President of India, he was the Supreme commander of all three forces of the country’s defence, he was a highly educated man and referred to by Nehru as “the best diplomat of the country”.
A great illustration of the matter is delivered through the story of a handsome prince called Siddhartha Gautama (a.k.a. Buddha) long ago, it is said to have left his kingdom and his beautiful wife and took up the life of an ascetic. He went on and founded what is known as Buddhism which today has more than 500 million people followers. This religious tolerance is symbolized by the Buddhist Dharma chakra, of which the flag of India has at its center in the form Ashoka Chakra; similarly, Dharma chakra is found in the Indian passports.
Unfortunately, wars erupted between the Shaivites and Vaishnavites between the 10th and 11th century killing numerous people; similarly, the religious wars between the Protestants and Roman Catholics killed so many people in the course of the centuries.
Then there is the sectarian war between the Muslim communities primarily between, the Sunni and the Shia Muslims in Iraq and Iran. This war of 10 years, came to an abrupt ending after killing more than one million soldiers and 2 million civilians.
In these numerous religious killings one can only observe a method of madness; if God is a loving God no one should be killed in the name of God. Tolerance is God’s own approval of one's belief in God. If you want to have God’s approval no matter which religious faith you adhere to, be tolerant of your fellow men, you will get 100% God’s approval and the sign of that, will be all around you.