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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

In the Eye of the Believer

What is the True Faith? What is the True Religion? What is the True God? Is there a True God? These heady questions were brought up recently in a discussion with an on-line friend.

Every religion & faith claims that it is the True Religion & that its God is the True God. They cite their Bible, Koran, Torah or sacred texts as empirical proof to their claims. They cite the admonitions from their prophets & holy men that to deny their God is a guarantee to damnation.

Each religion has had its share of holy wars to reinforce its beliefs upon the heathens & heretics. Each religion has shown extreme impatience with those who do not follow the word of their God & in response sent those infidels immediately to a meeting with their God.

It is plainly obvious that not all religions can be the True Religion. Either only one is right or they are all wrong. One raised Catholic may make light of or snicker at the Muslim's beliefs. Yet take that same Catholic as an infant & raise it in the Islamic religion & it will be just as fervently Islamic as it is in its Catholic beliefs. Rear a child to believe in reincarnation then rear that same child to believe otherwise & the rationale for each belief can be easily argued by that child.

The problem with believing in ones' religion is that one is required to rely on ancient text which of itself is rooted in oral storytelling, anecdotes & hearsay. Events occurred long before there was a written way to collect & compile them. When the text was indeed compiled, it was compiled by men, men who infused it, edited it & censored it with their own prejudices, interpretations, inaccuracies, contradictions & mistranslations. The final compilation is more "heard of God" than "Word of God".

Each religious text that is derived from such a hodgepodge of story-telling & fact-gathering cannot claim to be the one True Religion, more than any other religion can.

So where does this leave us in the Religibot battles? It leaves us with no clear winner. Each religion has its adherents & believers who have no greater claim to the Divine than any other. It all comes down to ones personal beliefs, whether it is rightly or wrongly held as others may see it.

Perhaps all religions are mere permutations of a one True God. Like playing the game of Telephone, the message distorts the further away from The Source. Or, as a two-dimensional being cannot conceive of or explain a three-dimensional being, so too humans are at a loss to conceive of or explain an Ultimate Being & are thus reduced to explaining such a concept in terms that are understandable to men.

When Pharaoh returned from the Red Sea destruction of his army, he said of Moses, "His god is God." Until the appointed time that such similar revelation occurs to mankind, we can only keep the faith that we hold, claim the beliefs that we believe & respect the beliefs of others.

Religion truly is in the eye of the believer.

7 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Either only one is right or they are all wrong.

Depends on if you are referring to religion or denominations. Christianity is a religion with many denominations. And so, I assume, are many of the others. If you are talking about denominations it is certainly possible for several, but not all to be right. If you are talking religion in general, there is only one right one.

God doesn't regard religion as being relative to the believer. That is strictly a man made concept.

That being said, There are really only 2 religions in the world. One teaches that God is God, the other teaches that man is God. The one you choose will make the difference of everlasting life or everlasting death to you. Choose wisely, my friend.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Francis Lynn said...

We were talking in the context of religion, not demominations. If there is only one right religion, which is it? The defender of each religion will claim it is his. But truly, one cannot know. One can only believe.

5:57 PM  
Blogger mlwhitt said...

Very interesting posting. I have asked my brother whoe gradurated from Divinity school about similar topics and pretty much the only answer I get from him is, Just take it on faith that your beliefs are the right ones. Uh wow, years of studying the bible and that's the best you can tell me. ;)

4:33 AM  
Anonymous Reverend K said...

Blasphemers! Accept Jesus Christ as your saviour.

12:47 PM  
Blogger daisydeadpedalls said...

Ha ha, blasphemers...Oh Reverend K, how you do go on. Could it not be said that idling online and reading blogs is blasphemous, when that time could be spent redeeming yourself through Christ? Just a thought. Kudos to you Francis for your walking the line.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Reverend K said...

Daisy, Mr. Lynn is a good friend of mine. Sometimes he just gets it wrong as you also have. Would I not be a sinner if I saw evil in this world and did not do something about it?

1:36 PM  
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5:48 AM  

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