Is a true religion meant to discard all differences be they are of faith, colour,race,nationality ?
This is just a thought and with utmost respect to all adherents of whatever faiths, it is my humble request that almost every religion of the world has undergone changes for the betterment of human lives. Keeping this in mind, we must practise our religion in a way that no human beings alien to our faith should feel antagonized. Also, we must also refrain from asserting our faith as the supreme and above all other faiths. Since every other adherent is also on the same journey though from a different route, we must give all respect to him and his sacred faith. As humans, all are equal to God.
Absolutely! The purpose of religion is to teach us how to best live in this life, as well as prepare us for the next. Obviously, the better we all get along, the more likely we are to live a good life. Any religion that promotes otherwise isn't worth practicing.
It seems to me that religions are organized belief systems that a number of people have adopted at some time, probably when in the presence of a very enlightend and charismatic Teacher. These people have then passed these teachings down through the generations to others who have accepted what they've said at their word. These, in turn, have passed down what they heard ad infinitum until today - and we're still doing it.
It is quite likely that ALL these very enlighted and advanced-in-spirituality teachers have taught pretty much the same stuff: same ethics, same qualities and values we should develop. However, as these Teachers have been well spaced in both time and georgraphy,the messages that were carried down would invariably become distorted. After all, lots of these teachings were carried forward by 'word of mouth.' Descriptions of what was said and what was taught, and what miracles, in any, were witnessed.
Now, we all know that if you were to ask even two people what happened when say, a car ran into another at an intersection, the stories told by the witnesses would vary. It would vary even more if the witnesses told what happened to a third person who them told a fourth. So you can imagine how stories change over millenia.
Oh, and if you're thinking about quoting the Gospels, bear in mind that none of them were written when Christ was actually alive. I think the closest was about forty years after he'd died, I so I read or heard somewhere.
Am not sure if there were any written records actually scribed at the time of Buddha, or Mahommet or any of the other 'advanced, enlightend and charismatic spiritual teachers, but I suspect not. But you need to bear in mind that the highly evolved spiritual teacher didn't die out with the fathers of our current religion. There are still spiritual masters around.
But I believe these people to be Teachers, they are exemplars of how we should live our lives. They've never taught division. What they have been exhorting us to do is to 'love our neighbour as ourself.' and to 'do unto others as we would have others do unto us.' That, it seems, would preclude any division between the peoples of the earth.
Thanks, Tusitala Tom for presenting such an elaborative and reflective response. Especially I liked the parable of"' car running into another'' that was just like the parables Christ the great used to illustrate before the masses.
This is all true, to find a universal truth we need to look to the universal values that all the spritual Masters taught. New spiritual Masters will and do bring new knowledge and value to light.
I believe that we have applied our human tendency to want to wrap up things neatly to the spiritual realm. There is room in the spiritual universe for many true religions. Religion serves man and not God. It is for our need to mark by ritual and to understand ultimate purpose that it exsists. It is we who need to remind oursleves of the glorious creation that exsists and will exsist long after we oursleves exsist, is evidence of a Creator or a process of Creation.
Thanks, Rebecca. Your view is all right. What I want to convey is why religions can not co-exist with a greater tolerance,mutual reciprocity and respect instead of asserting supermacy over one another ? This much I have to say. Thanks for your reply.
They can coexist if we respect the ablity of people to choose a faith that enchances their spiritual and cultural self or choses to have no faith. It is a matter of personal descretion. I
Nadine, you are right. When a person attains perfection, he does not speak about a religion. It is a fact that most of the enlightened beings abstain from sticking to religion in a narrow sense in which we the ignorant dwell and make a fuss about it.
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