All religions as medicine are for some type of malady or the other. That malady is common to all; and the malady is the “malady of discontentment”. All the religions are either seeking an escape from sufferings; or they are seeking a blissful heavenly state.
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To seek escape or to seek heaven is not the aim of religion. The aim of religion is also not to get one closer to God. The aim is not to attain spirituality. One must practice a religion with an aim that it may make him a better human being than he already is.
If anyone wants to find an answer to this question, then he must look around and see. Chances are rare that he might followers of a particular religion as good human being than those who do not practice any religion.
What is the criterion to judge whether one is good human being or not? A good human being would be naturally sympathetic. He would be naturally kind, loving, caring, patient and tolerant. Please pay attention to the word ‘naturally’. It means these qualities would be the part of his conduct. In other words, he will not be pretentious.
Anybody can show himself to be sympathetic, kind, loving, caring, patient and tolerant; though he might not be one. Much depends on how one had inherited those qualities. He could have acquired them by mastering the opposing tendencies; or by mastering the art of pretense.
If anyone has these qualities naturally in him, then it means that his or her forefathers; and not only he or she had been following the right kind of religion.
Religion does not bring about an immediate change in a person. It is not something, which one may attain in one lifetime. It might take several generations to make a person a true human.
Nature of the people of one community will not help one to know if the religion they have been following is right or wrong. In this way maybe you would view their religion wrongly.
What was the religion of people like Jesus Christ, Rama, Krishna, Gautama Buddha, Guru Nanak and Mohammad? They all were harbinger of some religion or the other. The religion their forbears followed was the right religion. This is the reason that they were able to bring forth these holy people into this world.
Do not think the religion they started is the right one. In the first place they did not start any religion. The opportunist much after they departed started those religions. To them the religion we follow today was not a religion, but a profession.
Let us ask ourselves today whether the religion we are following would bring forth a person as holy as them. If yes, then you are following the right religion. If you are unsure, then think it is not the right religion.