All Spiritualism Comes from the same God. If you think your God is not that God -- think about that.
A Desert sunrise brings dread, but we can rise above it. Better yet we can make benefit from it.
I have great hope for the Spirit of Mankind
What is so cool is the morning sun rising. What is truly awesome is that same sun setting. If you are not on that gravy train, what train are you on? In my little itty bitty world each person is deemed perfect until proven otherwise. So if we have conflict, first let it rest on my shoulders, and then theirs. Let me at least stand tall and proud enough to see if we have conflict. I think that most likely we do not.
Just assume for a moment that all religions worshipped the same God. I do not mean by that, that they view their God as the same, Just that God is the same. The beginning concept is perceivable. The hard part you may think is in the logic or rationale, you would be wrong. You may think that the hard part would be in the attributes of God, again you would be wrong. You may think the hard part would be in the origins of the belief of different folks, and again you would be wrong.
The beginning of living with and studying and respect for different cultures is to accept the other, respect the other and then look for commonality. In the commonality is the biggest problem.
Go ahead and climb it
How different are you? Enough to make war?
If a Buddhist says “I am meditating and praying”, a Muslim says “I am praying and bowing toward Mecca” if a monk says he is doing his daily chants, and if a Sister says “I am doing my daily repetitive prayers”, all the others would argue that they were wrong. Why must we defend our space “against another”. Sometimes folks are idiots.
It is not the God that creates differences it is the traditions of man. The differences are miniscule and de minimums. Most of us nowadays either believe in one God or none at all. Some groups have lesser gods. Most enlightened Christians see in scripture that we are all of his image, and that the Christ showed us we all have the power to create miracles. Our defensive positions are foolish and not loving.
I suppose that part of what people do to advertise themselves, their service or their product is to distinguish themselves from others. And it stands to reason that religious doctrine demands the parishioners proclaim that they are different. And defend their differences to death.
Please come on now and tell me; is there a difference between Gregorian Latin Chants and Sanskrit Monk chants sung in Tibet. Well if you can declare that – you know two “dead” languages and exactly what they mean. And if you do know them and declare them different, you seriously need to go back to school for a long time. I have studied them long and hard and find only language as a difference. The Love and adoration of God is Global and likewise His love of us is equal.
Take it easy on me, I run a Liturgy straight of the Catholic Church
Now onto Catholics. Catholic is capitalized because it is the proper name of a church. The word has been co-opted and that is fine. The best translation of the word catholic is “the world church” or the “universal church”. It is highly centric to Christ, but in fact up through the Council of Nicaea (the Nicene Creed) it included Agnosticism and Jew. That would be around 360 AD.
Sometimes I just truly bust down on my knees and thank Jesus. I mean sometimes I just do it because he taught love, love and more love. And I thank him for one of my Spirit Guides named Geronimo, whose exact tracks I have followed. And then I thank him for Buddha, wow! What a great man. Of course I dearly thank him for Mahatma Gandhi and the Dali Lama. Make no doubt that I thank Him, yet I am still confused over Mohamed and Karl Marx.
None of those above are a God and the stories and mysteries we have with lesser gods, make sense because aren’t all of us little gods.
I have two adoptive type sons. Not in any legal sense. Just young men who are in California to make their way from Bombay(Mumbai) and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) They are very good young men who do not believe in Christ. I pray for them every night and I am confident that God hears my prayers and watches over them. It is irrelevant that they are Buddhist and Hindi. My God is their God and their God is my God.
Let me break it down real simple. My God is Love. If your God is Love, all the languages and doctrines of this world cannot separate you from my Lord. And if another shall love me, then that other worships the same God. It is even rational to believe that, that Love in our hearts is the only true Love and if we share it --- well then God is Love and Love is God.
If you behave and come to my church and hear my sermon, you may ask your self: who is this man that believes and preaches that God is in each of us and God makes himself known. God is Love and we are Love so we are of God.