Veritas Forum


Yesterday SMU hosted a “Veritas Forum”, a discussion about Faith and God between members of several different religions. In this case there were representatives from the Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, and Buddhist faiths. The idea is to “start a discussion” that is very rarely began between college students on the campus. I found it to be a very interesting experience. Although I am strong and steadfast in my beliefs as a Christian, I found it intriguing to listen to other ideas concerning God and his purpose for us here on Earth. I had never realized how similar the Jewish and Islamic faiths are to Christianity, and at the same time how different they are. The representative of Buddhism gave me a glimpse of a way of life that I often forget exists in our society, stereotypically thinking of Ancient China and other remote locations. What I found most interesting were the questions from the audience, reminding myself that there are still so many people out there that are lost and confused as to their purpose in life and want and need answers. I often get so wrapped up in my own life that I forget that there are others outside of my little bubble of existence, and attending the forum reminded me of that fact. It also reminding me that I should reach out to those who may need those questions asked, for that is what I would want if I were in their shoes.

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