Man has always searched for the reason for his existence, while God seems to quietly sit back, perhaps smile at us a little, and wait for something to take place within mankind that only He (She, Neutral) knows what.
This undeniable urge within has led some of us to an experience of God and Creation that has inspired others, and rarely it has even inspired millions. When this happens, a new world religion is born. A new way of perceiving and interpreting God.
Almost all of the world's religions believe that there is only One God, which to me is self-evident if you have seen and studied Sacred Geometry. For it can be proven mathematically that there is a single image, the Flower of Life, that contains the knowledge of all of Creation. This image has been found on walls and structures all over the ancient world, indicating that long ago the world knew of this unity. But it is also found around the human body in an invisible electro-magnetic field, suggesting that the Oneness of God is more than just a belief. It is a law of nature.
Sacred Geometry shows clearly that everything, without exception, that was created was created through and born from this single image of nineteen overlapping circles. This implies a single thought, a single mind. It also implies a single God.
So why do most of the world's religions not understand that they are all praying to the same God? Three of the greatest religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, even have the same father, Abraham. And still they continue to fight each other, believing that their way is the only path to God and worth killing for, it seems.
I ask you the question: If a religion or spiritual discipline leads you to God, does it really matter how you got there?
The idea, born of spiritual pride, that a person's religion is the only truth is the basis of most of the wars that have ever occurred on Earth. In the Crusades of the 11th to the 13th centuries there were about 1000 battles. And in all of them except for a few, about six, it was Christians killing other Christians in the name of Christ. What folly!
In today's modern and "enlightened" world, the situation is no different. Only today it is Islam killing the "unbelievers" in the name of Allah.
When will we ever learn? It is not in killing that we will find peace and God, but in loving one another.
The primary directive of most of the world's religions is almost identical. They have all found that there is One God and that the implication is that we are all brothers and sisters. The next step is always the same, to realize that we must treat each other with respect, love, and compassion.
Most of us in the United States, since this is largely a Christian nation, have heard the words of the Golden Rule echoed from the Bible, "In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. For this sums up the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12).
But did you realize that in Islam it is said, "None of you shall be true believers unless you wish for your brother the same that you wish for yourself" (Sunnatt)? And in Judaism, "That which you do not wish for yourself you shall not wish for your neighbor. This is the whole law: the rest is only commentary." (Talmud Shabbat 31).
Perhaps this is all so similar because all three have the same father. But more likely the similarity comes from the truth there is only One God, One Creator of the Family of Man, and therefore all of humanity is related by spirit.
Let's look at other religions and their discoveries of this most important law.
Taoism says, "The successes of your neighbor and their losses will be to you as if they were your own." (T'ai-Shang Kan-Ying P'ien). And in Buddhism it is said, "Do not offend others as you would not want to be offended." (Udanavarga 5:18).
In Hinduism it is said, "Everything you should do you will find in this: Do nothing to others that would hurt you if it were done to you." (Mahabharata 5:1517).
In ancient China and with Confucianism it is said, "Is there any rule that one should follow all of one's life? Yes! The rule of the gentle goodness: That which we do not wish to be done to us, we do not do to others." (Analectas 15:23)
And so in most of the world's religions, the Golden Rule shines brightly as the way for humanity to find peace and purpose. For in loving one another, we live the reason for existing.
In this issue, to further the understanding between the world's religions, practitioners of these religions will speak about their way of knowing God. It will give you insight to other ways, but please use this holy knowledge with an open heart and mind. From the point of view that we are all One Human Family of God, understanding other religions is not sacrilegious. It is compassionate. And also very wise.
There are many languages. They are different because long ago we were isolated by distance and geographic barriers like mountains and oceans. One language is not "better" than another. And they all have the same purpose, to allow us to communicate with one another.
If religions are compared to languages, the truth becomes clear. Other religions may seem different, even strange, but the purpose of all is the same: to communicate to and with God. It is okay to be multi-linguistic, and it is okay to find God in many pathways, but it is always the same One God.
Through our differences, may we find our love for each other and treat each other as we would have them treat us. And in living the Law of One, may our love for each other transform this world into a thousand years of shining Golden Peace.
In Love and Service,
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