- Religion and Philosophy
Omnism The Belief Of All Religions
The reason most people haven’t heard of it is because omnists are not zealots; they don’t get on a soapbox or go door to door trying to convert people. There are no rules, no buildings in which they hold meetings and they don’t advertise their beliefs.
No two omnists believe the same way so having church services doesn’t make sense.
Omnism is not a cult
There are a few variations of this religion. There are no set rules or beliefs so if someone tells you they are an omnist about the only thing they all have in common is the fact that they believe in more than one spiritual path.
Omnists that prefer one religion over others-
These people can be a Christian omnist, a Buddhist omnist, etc. They lean towards one religion but are open to the ideas of other religions. They may go to a Christian church but also follow the teachings of Buddha, ancestor worship or Paganism.
This is just an example to help you get the idea. There is no set way to be an omnist.
Omnists that only follow patriarchal religions-
I’ve met a few that only follow the religions that have one creator and book of rules. They typically shy away from the pagan religions. Since the Bible and other books mention witches or paganism being evil they don’t participate in those religions. They believe them to be out there and are open minded to some of the views but don’t feel comfortable getting involved in those spiritual paths.
A person’s upbringing has an influence on how they believe in adulthood. Either they still believe in most of it or the dogma turned them off and they only take small bits and pieces from it and embrace other paths more openly.
You may wonder how they can follow more than one religion successfully since some religions have that little clause of “not putting other gods before me.” It’s simple; they don’t put any one god in the front and believe all of them exist.
Some omnists believe that all religions follow the same god they simply have different titles, rule books and approaches to their religious path.
Most omnists fall in this category; they believe all gods exist or could exist but don’t necessarily follow any of them religiously. They will pick and choose a few blending them together making their own flavor of religion but they aren’t zealots about it.
You may see this group in a church, temple or other place of worship on holidays or special occasions or they may quietly follow their own ideas at home keeping their beliefs to themselves since being an omnist is typically not very popular. People tend to want you to pick a religion (as long as it’s theirs) and follow the rules. Most people are not understanding of those that are non-committal or too open minded.
These people may say they are agnostic simply because it’s easier than trying to explain their unusual ideas about religion. They avoid conversations about spirituality trying to stay out of an argument. Some may not even be aware there is a title for what they believe.
Omnists do not follow blindly-
Omnists do not take written or spoken words as truth.
I like what one omnist said, “Religion is all true in part but none in totality.”
Religions of the world-
There are so many spiritual beliefs and if you read the books studying the rules and history behind them most overlap.
Most religions started with two people that multiplied creating civilization.
There was a large boat and flood (for whatever reason) destroying the earth.
Prophets gave us a set of rules and we must follow them to acquire inner peace or avoid punishment. Most omnists believe in all the prophets and agree they have good ideas to keep us all safe and happy. Even governments use the same set of rules, such as don’t kill, don’t steal, speak the truth and so on. Most people can agree that there is a good reason for these rules even if they don’t believe in the gods or prophets that made them.
The Bible, Koran and Torah were written many years ago by hand by men. They didn’t have printing presses so they were copied by scholars and many mistakes and changes were made over the years; some on purpose and some inadvertently. Some additions were made as late as the 1800’s.
Omnists are open minded-
Unlike many religions that only follow one god and set of beliefs, omnists are open minded about all religions. Even if they may not agree with what you think or how you interpret your sacred book they can agree to disagree and move on. They don’t try to convince others to believe the way they do and respect that everyone is entitled to their opinion.
They believe that most religions have spiritual wisdom and can be inspirational but are filled with opinions, political views and outdated ideas that worked when they were written but not all apply in today’s world.
Omnists are scientific in nature-
Unlike some religions that are afraid of or denounce scientific findings, omnists tend to love research and science.
Some omnists believe in a creator and some do not. Some intertwine creation with evolution.
Omnists will explore the books and history themselves instead of taking a pastor, priest or rabbi’s word for it. They’ll listen to your views with an open mind possibly giving some input depending on the omnist’s personality or your attitude but later they’ll look it up to verify what you’ve told them. They take no one at their word but are open to new ideas or ways of looking at any particular religion.
If you’re omnist and didn’t know it raise your hand-
Many people fall in this group but had no idea it had a name. They can see some good ideas coming out of all or at least a few religions even though some of the zealots that follow or misinterpret them are annoying.
There really aren’t any rules for being an omnist other than being open-minded about all religions and believing in more than one. If that last sentence sounds like you then you are an omnist and didn’t know it.
Reading And More Information
As of this posting there are no books on omnism mainly because it really isn't a religion per se. Since there are no right or wrong ways to be an omnist there are no rules so no one has taken the time to write a book. You can put in an article the basic beliefs.
You can, however, read up on religions of the world but beware because most bash other religions. Many wars have been started and fought over religion so you won't find too many books out there that aren't swayed towards one religion or other.
Take the negative with a grain of salt, skim or overlook those parts and focus on the positive.
Omnism is a positive religion free of negative thoughts, rules or exclusions. You can't do it wrong and you won't be ridiculed by other omnists if your views are different; that's the beauty of it.