Religious History in Spain

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.

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6 thoughts on “Religious History in Spain

  1. Hmmm. ” they are merely branches off of Judaism” doesn’t seem to cut it for me. I Jesus is the Messiah, then the Jews are reluctant to see that and Islam is at odds also. I do see how society would benefit from a peaceful environment (and I pray for that) but there will always be some religious tension. Though we may celebrate our commonalities, we have differences in our understanding of the prophets and well most importantly Jesus.

  2. To me religion – in pretty much all forms – cannot and will not get along. We need to move beyond our silly dogmas, and see that God is in all and through all; then and only then will we live peacefully with each other.

  3. “they are merely branches off of Judaism” doesn’t seem to cut it for me” (Ken)

    It’s a fact though. Christianity would not exist if there were no Judaism previous to it. I see the same for Islam as well.

    “Though we may celebrate our commonalities, we have differences in our understanding of the prophets and well most importantly Jesus.” (Ken)

    I see no problem with having differences, it’s when those differences become the only factor is when the problem starts.

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