Jews and Arabs intermarrying? Most Israeli Jews and Arabs are adamantly opposed to the idea, according to a recent study reported by JTA, the Global Jewish News Source.
According to a poll conducted by Haaretz and the Dialog Company, three-quarters of Israeli Jews and nearly two-thirds of Israeli Arabs would not marry someone from a different religion.
There are more details to the study, but the poll highlights a phenomena that is starkly evident not only in Israel and the Mideast, but throughout the world. Religion, which should bring people together, is in many, many instances a divisive force of alienation, separation and conflict among the peoples of the world.
Sometime ago, a report surfaced of a young ten-year-old boy, who, after being exposed to continuing newspaper and television reports about the fighting going on all over the Middle East, involving Christians, Muslims and Jews, remarked:
“Maybe we need a new religion.”
What we need is a new identity, one that is beyond Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, etc. What we need is a new vision of ourselves, of who we are at the very roots of our being.
The world is fragmenting everywhere, with people and nations wanting to withdraw into their own isolate identities, into groups of people with similar identities, histories, religions. At the same time, there is a deep historical movement towards globalization taking place on all fronts that is breaking down old barriers.
If this transition towards a united humanity on a global scale is to be accomplished, the old rigid barriers that our current religions seem to impose have to go. We need a new identity, one that encompasses everyone on the planet, a spiritual identity that goes to the very roots of what it means to be a human being. This is the purpose of religion after all.
The SGI, or Soka Gakkai International is a modern-day movement that is providing such a broad-based religious identity. The SGi is now the largest lay Buddhist organization in the world, with 12,000,000 members in 192 countries and territories worldwide. It is a religion and philosophy that connects all people to each other, and at the same time provides a workable, down-to-earth approach and solution to peoples’ everyday problems.
The SGI is poised to become the next great world religion.
It is time that we open our arms and embrace the marriage of the world’s peoples.
James Hilgendorf is the author of nine non-fiction books, his latest being “Maybe We Need a New Religion”. His other titles include “The Buddha and the Dream of America”; “Life & Death: A Buddhist Perspective”; “The New Superpower”; “A New Myth for America”; “The Great New Emerging Civilization”; “Handbook for Youth in a Muddied Age”; “Poems of Death: Time for Eternity”, and “Forever Here.”
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