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What is the world's greatest religion?: There is only one Great Religion and it is not one.

Updated on June 19, 2013

The best rituals are simply nature moving through a day.

Let love turn your world.
Let love turn your world. | Source

Places and rituals are cool, but do not make a proper religion.

I was please growing up to be in a multidenominational Christian Church. I was lucky growing up with intelligent Hopi and Navajo who taught me their way. I was priviledged to attend university and obtain a degree in philosophy. I was allowed to convert and become Episcopalian for my wedding and baptism of my children. My wife left her home country as a Buddhist and is now an American Anglican. In 1991 I climbed barefoot up the Mountain/Volcano of Popocatepetl near Cholula Mexico with Tibetan monks and local shaman. I have meditated in Shinto Shrines in Japan and Buddhist temples in Vietnam. And worshipped in St. Peters’ Basilica in Rome.

I have now been a pastor for a few wonderful years, after being a Cursillista and brother in the Order of Saint Lukes. I am also a Lay Eucharistic Minister II, and I teach catechism. I also have a degree in law and have studied many canons.

These things I tell you not to brag, but to show that love is a journey not a place or a ritual. Love is found all around in people and in their actions, not their devotions or even sacrifices. Good people who feel it, need to start expressing it a little more.

People making rules for other people, and themselves

This is a Marine. No Gun. He lays down his life for others in Love

This fine man has set himself as a medic after the medic was killed, This is what I speak of.
This fine man has set himself as a medic after the medic was killed, This is what I speak of. | Source

Sometimes who is writing may be important, although I am not.

All of that just to get to my point. I am certain beyond any doubt that God is Love. Therefore Love is God. I have it in my whole heart that Jesus is a pure representative of Love, whether he be fictional, a Prophet or God.

Holy books are not to be considered Holy due to the accuracy or even the words contained therein. They should only be known by us as divine by the love they teach.

We must accept that the creation of man is a miracle of some sort. We must admit that no act done in love has caused harm to those loved. We must recognize that the more love we give the more love there is. We can choose.

This is Love and it is born of the heavens and relieves pain and inspires greatness on earth. Love will last when you die, it will live in the hearts of the betrothed of love. My children and yours even though they are 30 and forty have the love in them that you gave decades ago. Love is Alpha and Omega.

My God resides in me. My God resides in all children. My God resides in you. My God even resides in churches and synagogues and temples. My God need not look for worshipers they are a part of Him in Love.

When when love is present God is present. All we need do is look for it. They are no wars in love's name. There is no caste system in love.

It is just so complicated -- NOT

When someone interrupts your business do you turn to chastise and berate Or do you turn in love, giving and receiving it in return.
When someone interrupts your business do you turn to chastise and berate Or do you turn in love, giving and receiving it in return. | Source

Sometimes, it don't matter where you are going, only how you get there. Much Love my friends

You do not have to do a single thing except Love and you are a part of the Universal Church. There is only one true Liturgy and that is love given. You do not have to give it on behalf of or through your favorite charity. Just give it and you will receive.

We are not directed by love to act a certain way or do a certain thing. We are not called to be a something. Man just loves to heat things up and get all organized and accomplish things.

Let me end on a funny note. I caught myself counting and admiring myself for how many Sundays in a row that I had preached. Now that is just plain funny. No matter how hard I try my mind is still just plain silly sometimes.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      It was said in a song by the group Jethro Tull, "He's not the kind you have to wind up on Sundays."

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I will no longer be wound up. I seem to know you Mark. Every breath I take will from now on I will try to be focused. Truth is a great form of love and you give us that. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Truer words were never spoken Eric! You have captured the essence of all religions in those powerful words...God is Love! Bravo!

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      Frank P. Crane 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Eric, I'm in awe of your breadth of experience and training. Thanks for telling us about it. You are right, knowing someone helps understand his words. And yet I'm puzzled. You use important words so broadly that they seem to loose their meaning. For instance, how do you define "religion", "God", "love". I fear that in an effort to be inclusive, you've lost meaning.

      Yes, God is love, but it does not follow that love is God. There can be love between an atheist couple, but where is God?

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      God is in the love between a atheist couple. The broad strokes of my verbiage is broader than I like, but the concept is so all inclusive it begs for it. In this case I mean anything of belief and structure for religion. God is the one truth that invades all places. Love is the energy from one to another that is a positive energy.

      In my travels I have seen men with hate in their heart. I have seen people with no hate at all. But I have never met someone without any love. Love is the one thing that is everywhere.

      Thanks for commenting. I of course will review my writing with your suggestion in mind and try to do better.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Billybuc, Sorry I missed your comment earlier. My son was having a war between Namu and Shamu in the tub and I had to moderate some peace.

      I like looking for love in all the places. By golly I always find it. Thank you for always encouraging me. That must be love.

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      GwennyOh 4 years ago from LaLa Land

      This is a lovely and evocative article Erikdierker. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I'll bet you could never guess,,, I Love ya GwennyOh. And I mean it.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."

      Matthew 7:7-8

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mathew 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

      Right on Lastheart!

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      What a perfect hub ! Man ! could everyone learn this lesson my friend ++++++++++++++.:-}

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ed, we got to believe man! Our closing song in church each week is: They will know we are Christians by our love. No matter the persuasion Lovers must step up.

      Thank you so much for your encouragement and support.

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