Let me start off by saying, I mean no offence to anybody, any faith and belief. This post are my own personal opinions and by no means meant to be derogatory.
Currently I live in a country where people follow their religious faith to the tee. One would think, a western democratic country would be more open minded and accepting of religion and culture. I find the opposite is true here.
While studying in India/Nepal, I never once thought of calling a good review book my bible. I do not follow the bible, but I am aware of its religious significance. So calling a good book my bible was befitting. One would think. I have never been questioned, frowned upon. People I believe in India/Nepal were much more tolerant of the religious liberties people took around them.
I have been reprimanded for my casualness regarding religion. I realize that people take religion a lot more seriously than I do. I am also sensitive to people’s beliefs. Even if I don’t share them. But I don’t think, there is a place to be anal about it. Or impose their beliefs of me. I think a little more tolerance would make their own insecurities a little less obvious.
I am not surprised that such people exist. I think I am surprised by the location in which they do. For that reason alone, I think this freedom we enjoy in our country is a lot more liberating and permissive of growth. Amen!