I was born and raised in the sunny islands of the Philippines where the majority of the population are Roman Catholics. My foundation of values and beliefs were built from my religion. One often repeated value is to "love thy neighbour as you love yourself."
Talking to two of my friends, one who is Muslim and the other who is Jewish, I found that our religious texts connected to one another. More specifically, Judaism's religious text shares similar stories to the Old Testament in the Christian Bible. Christian text then continues the stories of the New Testament, which is then continued in the Islam's religious text known as the Qur'an. Since our stories are similar and are a continuation of one another, we investigated further and found that our values and beliefs are similar as well, just practised in different manners.
Living in Japan where Shintoism is the main religion, the same core values to love and help one another is evident. Even with some of the friends who are not religious, they still learn the importance of charitable actions and helping the community.
I found that religion is more of a guiding path to building a foundation of core values and beliefs. While different religions have different practices, I think all religions still embed the similar core values of kindness, integrity, and spreading peace and love to one another. Due to this, I still continue to question why some conflicts in our present day are based on religion. To be fair, the practices are still different and that may be the source of conflict. Also, I must admit that I am not exposed to every religion on this planet, neither am I well-versed in many, but at least the ones I know of so far are quite similar in values in my opinion.
But hey, that's just my two cents.
What are your thoughts on religions and values? Do you think that each religion is different or similar?
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you would like to engage in a discussion :)