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Religion Has an Important Place in Society
In a day and age when global cultural values are being corrupted, compromised and reconstructed in the name of consumerism, fanaticism, and politics, I welcome this move by the Quebec government to expand and improve its religious studies program to include other belief systems. The time has come to open the minds of this generation to things that involve the ideal functioning of multi-cultural communities based on an effective expression of freedom, responsibility, tolerance, and a respect for spiritual values. Quebec has taken the right step in making this happen, even for a conservative Christian like myself. I am not afraid to learn about how other religious and non-religious beliefs stack up against mine because the ultimate truth for me is founded on the unswerving principle of faith based on who God claims He is in creation. To reach that point of understanding, I have had to adopt an attitude of searching for the truth, which involved investigating other religious systems over a number of years. Christianity is the expression of faith that makes the only sense to me. That doesn't preclude me from being curious about how other religions - western or eastern - see the metaphysical picture of life. No, I didn't do the convenient thing and create a god to fill a gap in my life or be an opiate for the pain of spiritual loneliness on this planet. God is very real in my life only because I have accepted His definition of who He is in the greatest context possible: Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient. Accepting that premise does not allow me to start attacking others for not believing what I see as truth.