I had a chance to watch the history of Spain yesterday and was quite amazed at what can be learned from history.
Apparently that country was shared by Muslims, Christians, and Jews for a whole long time (some 600 years or so). Within it that we get to see the beauty of 3 faiths working alongside one another and at other times, those 3 faiths working against one another. It really taught me a lot of things.
It seems in working together we get more accomplished and push society to it’s true beauty. Within Spain when these 3 faiths worked together we got to see better scholarship, architecture, studies in science, etc. When they sought one another’s peace and safety, within that they found the freedom of expression.
When times were turbulent everything kind of reverted back to ‘black n white’ thinking – and the religions wanted purification – it was in this they took steps backwards. Scholarship suffered (books were burned and libraries dismantled), buildings were destroyed, people were forcefully converted or enslaved, and the country splintered into regions ruled by various strict ideologies. It really was the ‘dark ages’.
I also realized the Abrahamic faiths (Christianity and Islam) broke off from Judaism only to be the thorn in Judaism’s side forevermore. These 2 faiths always had Judaism stuck in the middle of their wars…it wasn’t exactly Judaism that ruled within Spain and caused these horrible conditions. I find it funny these 2 faiths cannot come to terms with their own identities and history, they are merely branches off of Judaism (which is very clear historically). Yet it is these 2 faiths that are the most ungrateful, in some ways, to their own mother.
We must learn from the mistakes of this era and see that only in peace can we truly accomplish more human achievement and success. To in-fight about what and who is right is to miss the point concerning God. Like Adam choose to leave the garden, we must choose to make earth one.