You & I Together : Have a Purpose in Reality : Chapter 31 : Christianity / Religions
"We have to learn yet that all religions, under whatever name they may be called - either Hindu, Buddhist, Mohammedan, or Christian - have the same God: and he who derises any one of these derises his own God."
- Vovelananda (1863 - 1902)
Indian Hindu religious leader
All Are One
Christianity is my religion. It is my niche, my comfort zone for my soul. It is where my soul has gone to find its peace as mentioned in the Chapters: God and The Ripple Effect. This is not a section intended to convert. It is instead probably the most important section of Part II: The Impact, Putting the philosophy To the Test, since it puts "the philosophy" to its greatest test. It requires a Christian writer to explain how he can be a Christian, yet still accept and respect the teachings of others. It is a put up or shut up section for the author, since the premise of "the philosophy" is to build upon what all men already have ingrained upon their souls, their philosophies of life. Because it deals with the very essence of a man, it can by no means make light of their religions.
Christianity is my religious background. I do believe. I just dont believe everything exactly as the Church historically has taught. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe He was sent. I believe He is "a way", not "the way." When I was young, the Church in which I grew up believed that Christ was "the way, the truth, and the liight". Now many religions are being more open and more tolerant. They are accepting other religions as another means to the same end. They recognize that the God of all significant religions is the same God, just called by a different name.
Many Christians are beginning to recognize that if Christianity is "a" way and "the" way for some, then there must be other ways. These other ways must be other religions or life beliefs by which others live. If this be the case, than the other ways must be what all religions past and present have in common.
And what is it all religions appear to have in common? They all appear to understand the concept of "good" and "bad". Christians are beginning to recognize the irrationality of the idea that God set up the world in such a fashion as to have 95% of all Mankind be condemned to "eternal Hell" as many churches profess. The whole concept of all non-Christians being condemned to eternal hell does fit "the philosophy", but it doesnt. It is an apparent paradox of "the philosophy" that is not a paradox.
It fits "the philosophy" because according to "the philosophy" all men are condemned to hell (see the chapters: The Ripple Effect, Is It Worth It In The End, and Heaven/Hell). the philosophy is in synch with Christianity because Christianity believes in the concept of heaven and hell.
- some men will experience (go to) hell
- some men will experience (go to) heaven
- all men who believe in Christ will be forgiven
- No man shall enter the kingdom of heaven but through me
"the philosophy" paradox
- some men will experience hell + all others will also (ripple effect)
- some men will experience heaven + all others will also (ripple effect)
- all men are forgiven, but they will have to live with the knowledge, empathy, and true understanding of their actions in the "labs" of God (man being human will be truly accepted in the end and following teachings of Christ means following teachings of all great religions)
- no man will experience "heaven" unless they follow the life pattern of Christ, which is the basic pattern of all religions
"The philosophy" is not a religion, it is just a theoretical explanation of our purpose in life. It attempts to build upon what we as men already have. It is intended to do so without destroying, weakening, or compromising any faiths. It accepts the foundations of all religions, that our fellow men are important and we must treat them accordingly. It just adds a step. The step explaining the actual reason why all men, including ourselves, are important. It explains why intolerance of others or rejection of the value of any mans life is totally unacceptable. It explains why and when it may be more important to give up ones life for another, or for an idea. It explains why we cannot accept, through inaction, the failure of ourselves or others to respect the integrity of another man, any man. It explains why racism, elitism, social outcasting, and intolerance are not logical, acceptable, or to be tolerated.
It gives religions and men in general an explanation and argument of why some "religions" are not religions. Satanism and certain cults are not religions and should not be recognized as such. They are not concepts universally recognized by man as subconscious thoughts, through deja vu, that have warmed the hearts and souls of men since the beginning of mankind (see the chapter: The Universe, One of many labs). They are not concepts that all men hold dear as beliefs that run so deep they seem to touch the very souls of all men. They are not concepts that men would embrace as a means to aid all men and foster the unity of mankind in its attempt to break out into its next venture, the age old yearning of man, our journey into the heavens.
The explanation of what our purpose is in life, does not go against the grain of Christianity, nor does it go against the grain of any major religion. Rather it reinforces those religions and actually gives them more, not less, status in the lives of men.
The major religions of the world are meant to act as guides for men. They are teachings to show men how to interact with others, how to deal with lifes problems, and how to truly accept oneself for who we ourselves are. Religions are meant to be mans shelter when he is troubled. To do this, they must feel like home to the soul. They must feel cozy to the soul. They must be the niche for that particular soul. And to do all this, religions must be unique. They must allow some flexibility to accommodate some digression of the soul embracing it, but not so much flexibility the religion loses its own identity. They must be tolerant, loving, kind, and embracing in order to act as resting places for souls unable to find the niche that is home to them.
"The philosophy" is a theoretical, philosophical idea that precedes religion in the order of logic, for religions are the manuals of life. "The philosophy" is the reason for the manuals. Is "the philosophy" more important? By NO means! The manuals do all the work, explain all the nitty gritty, are the detailed explanation of "how to". They ARE the guidelines we go to when we are unsure of the actions to be taken. They are the resting place for our very souls.
"The philosophy" just provides the reason for the manuals and gives the manuals legitimacy. "The philosophy" is simply an explanation of why. Is it the first of all steps? No! There are many more first steps to be found by man. It is just the end of the beginning. We are on an exciting, purposeful, and mind-boggling journey, and we are now at the stage of complexity requiring the input and energy of all men in a unified effort. We will need the input of every single individual in order to be successful in our journey to travel to the far reaches of this universe. We will need the assistance of all religions, so that all men may find a resting place for their souls as they aid in this journey.
In order for all men to work together, which calls for the elimination of intolerance, we must understand the reason, the purpose, of our existence. We must know why we should maintain the integrity of our religions. We must "understand" or we will continue to sink in the eddy of intolerance and competing religions. "The philosophy" explains "why". It explains our purpose in this reality. It justifies religions even though they need no justification, for they are right. the philosophy just explains why religions are right.
"The philosophy" is NOT a religion, it explains why, what the purpose of man is. It does not destroy Christianity, it reinforces it. It does not undermine religions, it legitimizes them. "The philosophy" is one step preceding religions. Religions explain how.
Religions answer to the question: "Why?" or "What is the purpose of life?" varies. For some to glorify God, for others to reach Nirvana etc., etc. But the question still remains "Why?", "What is the purpose?" Religion falls back on the concept of "faith" and "belief" when push comes to shove, and when one approaches the most basic question of, "Why?". This is not "bad", its just that they didnt have the reason, so they reverted to the concept "I dont know why, it just is. No, I dont know as a fact, I just have faith, I believe."
This approach was necessary in the past because no one knew "why". Nobody knows "why" still. "The philosophy", however, attempts to grapple with just that question. Using mans past philosophical thoughts, present scientific development, creatively developed futuristic concepts proposed by others, universal religious traditional thoughts that have survived the millennia, and throwing in a dash of innovation, up pops a possible reason. The reason? Who knows? A possible reason? Yes.
"The philosophy" is an attempt at a step before religion. A universal answer to the question of "why", "whats the purpose". It may not be the reason, but it is temporarily a reason. Religions need this step to be established in order to legitimatize their existence and their own purpose or they will eventually be lost in todays rapid advances of technology, science, new philosophies, new age concepts, and intolerance to the age old religious response of just because", "because you must have faith", "God is bigger than all of us", "God knows what He is doing so just listen to me" etc., etc.
Religions already are shucking their cloaks of traditions set in thousands of years of tradition. This is truly a sad event. The need to do so does not exist, in fact quite the opposite is true. The reason they are shucking their cloaks of tradition is legitimate. Again we appear to have another paradox. This paradox, like the rest, is easily resolved through understanding the reason for mans existence.
The reason religions are shucking their traditions, is to find a means for themselves to be more tolerant of each other, which is exactly the reason for the development of "the philosophy". They believe that to gain more tolerance of each other, they need to be more like each other. They have overlooked the fact they are already alike in basic principle. They just havent been looking at the correct basic principles. They see themselves in terms of Christ, the virgin Mary, the coming of the "real" Christ, Mohammed is the "real" prophet, Buddha is mans religious leader, etc. These are not the basic principles, they are the periphery.
Understanding "the philosophy", the purpose of man, will give religions a better grasp of what their purpose is. Through this will come tolerance of one religion for another and through tolerance will come the recognition that religions can coexist as unique entities, just as men can coexist as unique individuals. In fact, religions will begin to realize they have a responsibility to remain unique and not to become tolerant through becoming uniform, not to become tolerant through the loss of their very identities.
Religions can and need to perform their special functions by remaining unique so that the immense variety of mens souls may seek out and find a unique home in which to rest while that very soul seeks to accomplish its purpose in the laboratory of God (see the chapter, The Universe").
The present trend of religions, to shuck their individuality and uniqueness ,can and should be reversed. Many souls are already entering states of anxiety and turmoil from the breaking off of traditions by the church itself. Take as an example the Catholic Church, the elimination of kneelers, removal of candles, total removal of Latin, minimizing the need of confession, etc., is the rejection of thousands of years of tradition. Modification of their meaning, maybe. Elimination of the traditions, no. Elimination of the uniqueness, the very individuality of religions themselves, is very destructive. It is the process of burning down the very home of a multitude of souls. The process of stripping a religion of its tradition is the process of stripping the religion of its uniqueness and removing just one more unique home, one more unique location, for unique sanctuary into which souls themselves may take comfort.
Religions need a preceding step to themselves. Religions need a foundation. Religions need an answer to the question, "Why, what is mans and mans purpose?", in order to not lose themselves in the acceleration of mans thoughts, logic, and attack upon faith itself. Just "have faith" is rapidly becoming unacceptable to more and more people. It will not be enough of a reason to hold religion intact in the near future. If "the philosophy" does not temporarily fill this step, then we must seek another philosophy, another answer, for much of mans future depends upon finding the answer to the age old question of "Why? Whats the point of it all?" Tolerance of others, tolerance of diversified religions, tolerance of ideas, tolerance of our very selves will not be universal until we have that answer. Until the answer to the question, "Why, whats the purpose of man?" is resolved, tolerance will never become universal, regardless of how hard religions attempt to push the concept of tolerance. In fact, unless this question is answered, religions themselves will dissolve into insignificance and man will continue to swirl in the eddy of fragmentized philosophy forever.
The Test : Christianity vs. "the philosophy"
All Religions Aren't Religions
"the philosophy" Is NOT A Religion
"the philosophy" Just Explains "Why"
"the philosophy" Legitimizes Religion
Conformity Is Truly A Sad Event For Religions
And The Souls Of Men
We Must Put A Stop To The Burning Down
Of The Homes Of The Soul!
We Must End The Eternal Eddy
Of Fragmented Philosophy