In this regard therefore Parrikar's remarks are not only offensive to Pakistanis but also Hindus, Buddhist, Jains and Sikhs living in India and other parts of the world whose religions developed in the land which is today known as Pakistan.
As an on-fire teenage Christian, I knew the importance of shouting my faith to the world. So I emblazoned the trunk lid of my rusted Ford with a bumper sticker that did the trick: bright green, huge type, and the words from an old hymn -- I have decided to follow Jesus.
Faith is about conceding that hardship may lie in one's own future, but that ultimately things will work out for the best. In that sense, at 60, knowing full well that my life will inevitably worsen and end, I have faith in the future.
This reporter was the first journalist allowed to use this protective gear to land the most coveted assignment of all: a few minutes in hell with history's most celebrated madman. Of course I asked the ultimate eminence grise of dictators the question on everyone's mind: What does he think of Donald Trump?
While I love going to the movies, I find myself even more interested in hearing people share their stories of where they have found heaven in this life -- especially in the midst of powerful struggles. Increasingly, I'm even feeling comfortable sharing my own. How about you?
From a strictly biblical point of view, being born on Earth is a test. All our actions will eventually be judged by an omnipotent God who will determine whether we go to heaven or hell. Our deeds, sinful or not, determine where we spend eternity.
The best lesson to be drawn from religious exclusivity and fanaticism is what sages have taught for centuries: if my relationship with my religion or holy book comes in the way of my relationship with you, it is bound to come in the way of my relationship with God.
Once you begin a relationship with God based on fear, it takes years to unlearn the image of the punitive God. It was true for me. If we are really honest with ourselves, we plant fear into our children's hearts because we have not yet uprooted fear from our own.
First world problems ... in the next world.
I was put on this Earth to live the often fabulous -- though frequently maligned -- life of a homosexual. Sling your accusatory rhetoric at me all you want. But to use Bible verses to taint someone's existence, his very life, as a sin because he is attracted to someone of the same-sex is deplorable.