Do you believe in something higher?

Do you believe in God?

Recently, for example, once again with a colorful cast, so that your spoon stuck in your egg at breakfast: “Why do so many refugees come to us? Are they really persecuted because they have a different belief? How can it be that religions fight against each other? Does that still make sense? So religion is sh ...! Do you believe in God?" ...

To be religious is a specifically human attitude to life. A person would be missing something if he could not live it. Denominations cover this need only to a limited extent - a look at the news shows it: Wars of faith are burning in all corners of the earth, threatening human life and civilizations with destructive power.

The golden rule of practical ethics is laudable: "What you don't want someone to do to you, don't do it to anyone else". But religion is more than ethics. Religion protrudes into a superhuman area, into a layer that is higher than the good togetherness established by reason, which we know as a socially negotiable norm. Religiousness means seeing something divine and spiritual in the other person and recognizing it. This higher part of the human being is related to something that extends beyond the individual human being. With angels, for example. Angels who will not let us sleep peacefully as long as our fellow human beings are unhappy. Which bring us close to the idea that man's dignity is inviolable, even if he is able to do evil, which therefore draws our attention to the difference between the good core and the evil, even despicable deeds of man.

The widespread view that man is basically bad, that he must be civilized, educated, educated and put under pressure with the help of religion in order to bend for the good, is on the other hand repressive and denies the liberal core of man, his contradictions and his own permanent versatility. Such an attitude precludes freedom of thought and interreligious dialogue.

In our present, the commitment to free individuality stands and falls with the commitment to freedom of thought and religion. It is a matter of the individual, not of a group. Discovering the divine is an individual experience, we cannot avoid that. And the divine-spiritual in the other person, for which we have an active, loving interest, can lead us to this experience.

Our conversation at breakfast ended with the agreement that what we experience today as a violent religion in world politics is the opposite of what true religiosity can be.