1. Introduction

2. How I can be bothered with old-fashioned religion...

3. Aren't all religions basically the same?

4. Where then does one start, if he sincerely seeks to find the Truth?

5. But isn't the Bible the traditional Holy Book of the West?

6. If the God that the Bible tells us of is not like the churches...

7. Where is this God?

8. Is this "Great Spirit of Love" the only spirit that exists?

9.Other Gods

10. Any religious practice is wrong?

11. Is it necessary to suffer in order to please God?

12. How can I save myself?

13. What can I do?

IN SEARCH OF THE TRUTH!

--Answers to Many of Life's Most Meaningful Questions! "What is life all about?--What am I here for?
Is there a purpose, a plan for me?--And if so, what is it?"

By D Berg

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But how can I be bothered with something as old-fashioned as religion when I'm so busy trying to "get ahead"?

In today's ever-changing and increasingly complex and computerised World, more and more people find themselves so caught up in the frenzied rush to become successful financially, they often have little time to ponder such seemingly "abstract" matters as the meaning of life, peace of mind, love for their fellowman, or even the eternal welfare of their own souls!

--After all, such concerns could be quite distracting or actually detrimental to their pursuit of the most popular "god" of this World; a god that commands most of the World's worship and devotion--money and material wealth!


From the time they are very young children, many people have it ingrained in them that the only way to attain happiness in life is to:
1.) Get a good education, preferably with a degree from a prestigious university.
2.) Land a "promising" job with a successful company or corporation.
3.) Make enough money to purchase a new automobile, a nice house or two, and furnish and equip it with all of the various luxury items and hi-tech electronic gadgets that are equated with "success." Although this route to riches usually requires a lifetime of blood, sweat, tears and toil, most of the folks who follow it do so without serious doubts or reservations, for they are convinced that once they attain the wealth they desire, they will at last find true happiness and contentment.


But sad to say, such people usually discover that despite their arduous efforts to attain happiness, it somehow eludes them. As the years pass they often find that company or social pressures have filled them with stress and anxiety, not peace or satisfaction. Their private lives frequently suffer as a result, as they're unable to even find time to spend with their own families and loved ones.


Then, to their dismay, they eventually and ultimately reach a very sad realisation: This World and all of its treasures and pleasures can never truly satisfy the heart of Man! Material things may temporarily satisfy the body, but they can never satisfy the soul or the spirit of Man which longs for a joy, peace and lasting fulfillment that can never be met or fulfilled by mere material gain.
This is why the rich and powerful are often the most miserable of all men.

--They already possess everything that most people think can satisfy and make them happy. They've already attained all of the material things their hearts could desire, and to their sorrow they discover that things cannot satisfy or fulfil their empty hearts and starving souls!--Thus they no longer even have hope of happiness in riches! The famous English poet, Lord Byron, realised this and lamented, "I have drunk every cup of pleasure, and I have quaffed every cup of fame, and yet alas, I die of thirst!"


Although many people today take little time to ponder the prospect of a Creator, of a God, when a personal crisis or tragedy suddenly strikes--an unexpected accident or critical illness, a death in the family, a great personal loss of any kind--to whom do they turn for help? A fat bank account--regardless of the wealth it holds--can do nothing to bring back a loved one who has passed through death's door.

Houses, lands and a stockpile of luxury items can do nothing to rekindle a love that has grown cold or heal a heart that's been broken. It is during such times of crisis that people frequently realise that the true values of life are far more important than mere material wealth.

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