Views and conclusions from various religions
Conclusions from the different religions as a base of knowledge about God and man.
At the outset, it is worth noting that all religions of the world were created by people. Many believers think that God Himself created the greatest religions, but this cannot be true.
First of all, in the ideal world, planned by God, no religion is needed, because God does not need intermediary institutions or organizations to communicate with His children.
Secondly, God never in his original plans took into account the origin of religion, because He did not plan the fall of man or the emergence of a fallen world.
Third, God does not interfere in the world under Satan's rule, and religions were created in this world.
You can find many other arguments, but the above presented fully allow you to realize that religions have meaning only in connection with the existence of the fallen world and the lack of direct contact between man and God.
Naturally, Christians who believe that Jesus is the embodiment of God Himself may have a different opinion regarding my claim that all religions were created by people. However, in the chapter on Jesus Christ, I explained this problem in detail. Moses, Buddha, Confucius or Mohammed, although they are treated as messengers of Heaven, were also human beings. That is why I continue to say that religions were created by people, not by God. One can, of course, discuss some inspiration resulting from the understanding of the Heart of God and His Providence. Typically, the rise of religion is associated with our desire to establish a relationship with the unknown Heavenly Father. I am going to focus on the "human" side of particular religions.
The great founders of religion arouse our respect and seem to be authentic and credible. The same applies to some of their first apostles and disciples. However, the further development of each religion took place in our fallen world. Human weaknesses and errors, different perceptions about the existence of God, as well as the selfish aspirations of new religious leaders or some clerics were able to diametrically change the sense of individual religious doctrines. Some new interpretations, testimonies of individual religious experiences and new ideas for social activity appeared in them. As a result of these changes, religions not only helped people to become better in confrontation with new civilization challenges, but also often could have the opposite effect, leading them to do evil. Bloody rituals involving believers, the inquisition, religious wars, acts of fanaticism, and even the notorious theology of liberation are the best examples.
The fundamental purpose of any religion should be to explain to people what world we are living in and how to free themselves from this unfavorable situation. This means removing Satan for our reality and restoring the original concept of the Creator. This liberation can be called salvation, nirvana or renewal. According to the analysis from previous chapters, a Savior is needed for salvation, who, as the Son of God, will begin a new, good history of mankind. That is why this fundamental goal of religion can also be described as an action preparing the faithful for the re-appearance of God's Son on Earth, that is, creating favorable conditions for him to become our Savior.
Unfortunately, most religions, after the initial period of relative simplicity and openness, tend to "overgrow" with dogmas, bans and different types of rules to do the right thing. Over time, they drown out the basic purpose of their existence, directing the efforts of their followers to things secondary to salvation. For example, in some religions you can see remains of medieval ceremonies, there are immoral rituals or adoration of some idols or even animal worship. It also happens that dogmas are maintained that are in conflict with the development of knowledge and science and the level of intelligence of people in these times. There are religions that have gone so far from the proper meaning of their existence that it becomes impossible to change their functioning. In addition, those who point out that their followers follow the wrong path are treated as renegades, heretics or enemies. This is a very favorable situation for maintaining Satan's position, which he does not want to allow for salvation. Practically, this state of affairs also helps atheists and all those who misjudge the activity of churches and various religious associations.
Even scientists, philosophers or atheist publicists have appeared since the Enlightenment, who believed that religions are the source of all evil. The truth, however, is usually in the middle of such claims, because in our civilization good often mixes with evil. It happens that followers of particular religions do not even sense that they are doing something wrong. At the same time, existing religions are slowly losing their place in societies around the world and the number of clergymen with a genuine vocation gradually dissolving. Modern religions do not cope with such problems as terrorism, devastation of moral standards, deep development inequalities, social injustice, as well as poverty and hunger in huge areas of the globe.
I am speaking about religion, because my book "The touch of eternity" and website www.istota.org are about the topics most often deal with world religions.
There is no doubt that the works that religion and religious institutions made in the history of mankind were significant for the development of civilization. Therefore, I will not express my negative opinions about people sacrificing people, about the Inquisition, religious wars or intolerance, because this is only a margin in their activities. What interests me is to emphasize the contribution of particular faiths in creating a true image of God, man and the universe. Based on these issues, I would like to incline people of our time to rethink religious knowledge. It is all about taking into account two things: the latest scientific achievements and the right to freedom of expression. Thanks to them, we could get a new inspiration to seek the truth about the proper state of our world and about its Creator. It would be close to some basic knowledge that many people would easily understand. I think that each of us should have a unique idea about God. Maybe the differences would be minimal, but they can take place, because everyone "sees" God from a different angle. I have already shown this in the chapter on God as the Center of the Universe.
For existing confessions, there follows a controversial conclusion that each of us can have its own unique faith and does not necessarily have to match the views expressed by official religious institutions. In each of us, an independent "church" can be created, which has only one follower - ourselves.
To all those who are in an independent search for knowledge about God and the spiritual world, I want to recall the two essential facts described in my book that can help them build their views.
The first of these is the fact that God does not know evil, does not know our world, which is a kind of hell under Satan's rule. It follows that God does not interfere in our world, He does not follow us and he does not punish us for our sins, because He simply does not know about them. For Him, we live in a kind of abyss, from which come to Him from us only those feelings that he implanted in us. He, on the part of us, can only support us with His love and wait until, based on His laws and principles, it means His Providence, we return to Him under the aegis of His Son. We can also count on the help of angels and those who are already in the spiritual world free of evil.
The second fact is the knowledge of the power of human reason and at the same time our weakness, or our very low spiritual level. We are not really able to understand the functioning of the spiritual world and the point of view of God, because our level of spiritual development does not exceed the level reached by the first people in the Garden of Eden. Our further spiritual development is hampered or even blocked by the "ruler of this world", the former first-class educator, that is, Satan. It is he who controls our world to this day and prevents us from reaching the level of true children of God. In this situation, the very knowledge of such an improper state of our world is a great help. The next step after its acquisition should be independent exploration using human reason, and thus, taking into account the achievements of modern science. For it is not enough to insist in asking the Creator to pray for knowledge about Him and for the support of the spiritual world, though this is also very important. The prophets and saints did so before us, and so we can do today. This time, however, we also have the opportunity to use the achievements of the latest scientific knowledge. Such a complete understanding of the present situation will sooner or later lead to the appearance of the Savior. Then it is enough to accept Him and even help Him, not allowing the "ruler of this world" to lead to His "crucifixion" again.
Of course, the above argument is directed primarily to Christians, because they build their faith on the basis of the Old and New Testaments, and actually in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ. We know that He taught His disciples for three years, that is, that He had to give them a great knowledge, only a minimal part of which was found in the Gospel. Her texts are actually huge abbreviations of his teachings, and sometimes only summary or conclusions from the heard statements. It is a pity that we are losing the opportunity to learn the teachings of Jesus on a wider scale. I think that it reached us only to the extent that His disciples were able to understand her. To this must be added another significant loss of knowledge from Jesus, because he did not manage to tell us all of it: "There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can't bear it now" (John 16:12). Knowing only a negligible part of His teachings, or rather its basic message, people have expanded it in their own way. Because we live in the world under the control of Satan, one can guess that it had a significant impact on the fate of knowledge coming from the Gospel. Of course, I do not deny the beneficial influence of a good spiritual world, especially the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt that the various denominations of Christianity, various churches and denominations, accepting its main foundation, added a huge contribution from each of the human point of view. This, in time, could have significantly distorted the message Christ wanted to communicate to us. These inaccuracies can be so significant that they weaken the message of the Son of God and foster the continuation of the fallen world. Individuals who perceive and reject these errors have practically no influence on the situation. This is because Satan, as a rule, does not allow people to threaten the structures of the fallen world that he controls.
Now, let me turn to the list of problems that bother everybody who wants to deepen their individual knowledge about religious matters.
I will list here issues from the area of various religions and denominational currents, which I was interested in in order to find universal values in them. Here are the problems:
God is everywhere
God's central position
God created the universe and man
The position of man towards God
Man is eternal
To what world do you enter after death
Reincarnation as another chance to live
Problems of good and evil
The concept of "hell" and "heaven"
Contacts with the dead in a different world
The impact of "earthly" experiences on the spiritual dimension
Different forms of salvation
End of the world.
Of course, these are just a few of the most important topics. I was interested in many other problems that I did not mention here, and in addition I still find new ideas for reflection.
I have repeatedly analyzed the views of the followers of occultism, esoteric as well as old and new advocates of reincarnation. I was very interested in the fact of another, different from the "typical" view of the world by people dealing with such topics.
At the same time, I am convinced that the views concerning the spiritual world, "life after life" and the eternity of man are extremely important for each of us. They should not be propagated only on the basis of individual ideas and alleged visions of people trying to get publicity or make a sensation.
I have no doubt that each of us is different, and the religions we profess are different too. Every human being contributes some contribution to human civilization. Some contribute this to religious life, which in turn may lead to the spread of these views in the wider social circles and have an impact on various religious doctrines. However, I am not able to describe the individual contribution to general religious knowledge from various interesting people. That is why I have to focus only on the listing of the main religious views, selected from more than thirty different religions known to me and created in different parts of the world.
So what are the universal values that religions have brought to the creation of a better world? Or differently, what universal values are to serve everyone to understand who he is, regardless of age, skin color or life environment? And yet, what universal values will allow each person to build an individual relationship with God?
Here are my suggestions for answering these questions:
1. Personal Creator – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism.
2. Heavenly Father – Christianity, Zoroastrianism, North American Indian religion.
3. Man – a being created by God – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, and to a limited extent all religions.
4. The world (actually the universe): the work of the Creator – almost all religions.
5. Eternity in man – the soul, spirit, spiritual person are eternal – Islam, Christianity, ancient Iranian religions, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Manicheism, Old Japanese religions, Etruscan religion, Celtic religion, spiritualism, Old Chinese religion, Korean chondogyo.
6. The spiritual world – inconsistent, with many zones, wandering souls in the beyond, different types of Hell and Heaven – ancient religions of Mesopotamia, Egyptian beliefs, Greeks and Romans religions, Hinduism, Old Chinese religion, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, spiritualism.
7. The world of angels, the role of angels – Judaism, Islam, Christianity.
8. Satan, source and identity of evil – Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Manicheism.
9. Original sin as the beginning of evil and the resulting evil world – Judaism, Christianity, Islam.
10. Salvation by the coming of the Messiah (Savior) – Christianity, Judaism, Christianity, Islam.
11. Reincarnation, re-living, spirituality more important from the physical side – Celts religion, Hindu and Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Hawaiian religions, Jainism, Zen.
12. The Last Judgment, resurrection – part of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, some religions of Indians of Central America.
13. In the last point, unfortunately, I must pay attention to the common error that almost all religions make, especially monotheistic ones. Namely, they directly bring God to space-time, means to our universe, while He exists directly only in the sphere beyond time and space. In our world, the Creator can exist only through His Laws and Principles, which the monotheistic religions perceive as the action of His Providence. This error prevents the faithful of these religions from correctly understanding God's existence and falsifying their relationship to Him.
This is only a partial, incomplete list of contributions from different religions in propagating the values given above.
Of course, I have no intention to spread the views expressed by churches, religious movements and religious organizations, but it is worth considering their impact on the reality around us. They were so significant and important that they repeatedly projected on the directions of civilization development of the inhabitants of the Earth.
Having set myself in a certain level of knowledge that I offer in my study, I propose to ask myself the basic question: namely, which of the truths proclaimed by religions can be introduced into our daily lives?
The basic knowledge is the truth that we are eternal. This preach practically all religions and this should have a decisive influence on our way of life in human society. However, because this basic truth is not widely considered, I also add my voice to all previous efforts to let people understand that we are eternal beings. At the same time, I regret the fact that, given the enormous possibilities that religions have in most societies in the world, they have failed to fully influence their followers to seriously realize the consequences of the existence of the dimension of eternity in their lives.
In connection with my reasoning, which I have presented above, I should also comment on the subject of syncretism and borrowing from certain religions views from other religions. As a rule, large religions that have existed for a long time accuse new organizations and religious movements of borrowing their views. They also form negative opinions according to which each new religion is a conglomeration of previous beliefs, thus giving a negative dimension to syncretism.
I have a completely different view on this subject because I analyze every religion in good faith. I assume that each of them seeks absolute truth and tries to set universal values for all humanity. Therefore, I do not treat the same truths as borrowings. I do not rule out that they have reached the same conclusions completely independently of each other. After all, many of them claim that they derive their knowledge from revelations. If, as they claim, these are authentic revelations from God's inspiration, they should be the same or at least very similar to each other. The absolute truth from the Creator should be only one. Of course, people perceive it under different views and "angles". And they accept the measure of their intellect. This explains some differences, but in the case of such a fundamental truth as for example eternity in a man, they should not be significant. That is why I perfectly understand the similarities of particular religious views and do not have to treat them as borrowings.
If two different scientists, in two different parts of the world, without contact with each other, discover the exact same law of physics or chemistry, then this fact does not cause any negative feelings, but rather a positive feeling and a large dose of certainty that it occurred to get to know some universal law. If a scientist combines the discoveries of his predecessors and gives them in a new, more understandable form, then we treat this phenomenon very positively. Why, then, should we not adopt the same attitude when assessing religious views? Is there more egoism and envy in the world of religion? Perhaps this is because I have met with many examples of fanaticism and intolerance in my life.
I will add in the summary that I did not consider any of the views analyzed by me to be my religion. I do not identify with any existing religion, church or denomination. My religious views result only from the logical analysis of the present state of our world, from the understanding of the necessity of the existence of the Powerful Original and the desire to put it all into a universal theory. I do it so that the solutions I find will be understood by most people. That is why I analyzed the views of other people in good faith and took into account my feelings of truth after analyzing the world tendencies regarding religious beliefs. Also, and above all, I drew from my life experience, from my thoughts and knowledge about the problems of people around me. From all these spiritual experiences, I have drawn logical conclusions and made notes from them for many years. Now I present the fruits of my work.
My work is not to save the world because I do not have that opportunity. The world's largest religions also have no way of saving the world. It can only be done by someone who will stand up to Satan and will have enough power to win him. Such a person can only be the Son of God, a man without original sin, just like Adam from the Garden of Eden before falling. Such a person was already among us two thousand years ago and still accompanies us in the spiritual world. It is Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, people at that time were not sufficiently prepared to receive their Savior and not only did they not help Him, but they rejected Him and thus helped His adversary, Satan. The chosen nation who confesses religion, which we call Judaism today, led to the crucifixion of the One who could free humanity from Satan, that is, save all people. The role of religion at that time was to prepare people for the coming of the Messiah, and so is the present role of all religions. The Son of God will carry out the final salvation if it is understood and accepted by mankind. This can only be done with significant help from existing religions. I, as a single person, can only inform people and help me understand the current situation. I take responsibility for this vision, but I would like to emphasize that it is still incomplete. I am still looking for answers to further questions about the truth about the full salvation of mankind. That is why I have suggested to each interested my various conclusions regarding the current situation in the process of humanity's salvation. I did it primarily through the website and the book “The Touch of Eternity” in the hope that someone else would complement these texts or suggest other explanations of the world salvation process, perhaps better and more complete.