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April 21st, 2005, 06:59 PM
With the passing of Pope John Paul ll, perhaps some reflection on religious beliefs is appropriate. Religion is defined as a set of beliefs concerned with explaining the origins and purposes of the universe, usually involving belief in a supernatural creator and offering guidance in ethics and morals. It also consists of any of several institutions with their own beliefs, rituals, and teachings. Throughout history and even still today, most religions claim to be the one true religion and all others are considered either phony imitations or some sort of heretical sacrilege. It is a sad reality that most people do not recognize the benefit of what can be learned from other religions along the way of their spiritual journey. If one studies the major religions of today such as Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism etcetera they will find more similarities than differences. They are guides for how to live and grow spiritually. Some would argue that religion has been one of the biggest causes of humanity's problems but others counter that it is the misinterpretation of religious tenets that causes strife. Still further, many people see religion as a form of control over the masses whereas others see it as a necessary shield against evil influences.

I had the opportunity to read a book recently concerning near death experiences {NDE}. The book was a compilation of individual testimonies by those who left their bodies temporarily and returned to tell about their experience. The author characterized their stories and then pointed out the large similarities and small differences in each of the NDE's. Two personal friends of mine have had an NDE and shared their experience with me. I've also communicated with a deceased friend by way of a psychic medium. All three sources agreed that upon death of the body, we travel through a tunnel toward a bright, warm and loving light. Upon entering the light, we are given a life review. During the life review, we re-experience all the thoughts, words and actions that came from us. Anything negative is re-experienced as though we are the person on the receiving end of our negativity. For example, one of the contributors to the book re-experienced the event where he had severely beaten another man although this time, he felt the blows he had administered. The whole premise for experiencing the light appears to be an opportunity to examine what we have learned along our spiritual journey. In conclusion, it appears that Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Confucius, and Buddha were all very wise men who made a significant impact on humanity teaching spirituality as it applied to a specific civilization. Perhaps if humanity could somehow integrate all these religious belief systems toward the goal of one spirituality with God, we could finally begin to see the emergence of world peace.

April 22nd, 2005, 06:36 PM
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April 23rd, 2005, 08:24 PM

This site has a philosophy forum and a religious forum.

May 16th, 2005, 07:24 AM

I agree to the overall concept and wish that you express here.
In practice, many people have not learned yet to look over the boarder of their religion, their nationality and ethniticity. We live in a world where pluralism, multiculturalism and a religious syncretism are slowly gaining more power but at the same time this favours a clinging to traditional values and radicalism in some parts of society.

The main part in this discussion is politics and economy.
As you see at the example of the US, countries start to lack resources for ensuring a certain standard of life. Therefore they need to go in search for these resources somewhere where they can take it easily.
War is a force that is part of a method to ensure economic growth.
The sale of weapons and the production of weapons make a big part of US
economy and workplaces.

I would not have believed time ago that I would come to state such things seriously. But after taking a close look at how everything goes in this world, this seems to be a realistic stance.

Best to you,
a European

"The first indication that we are killing our dreams is lack of time."