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
8. Is this
"Great Spirit of Love" the only spirit that
religious practice is wrong?
11. Is it
necessary to suffer in order to please God?
12. How can I
13. What can I
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
By D Berg
all religions basically the same?--Are they not all paths
that eventually reach the same summit?
Although Man's basic needs and heart's desires are the
same, the World's great religions prescribe many
different and often contradictory means of meeting those
needs. A brief look at some of the most common beliefs
and practices makes this evident:
Devout believers of many faiths try to fulfil their
spiritual needs by regularly attending places of
worship--shrines, temples, mosques, cathedrals
etc.--where prayers are made, incense is offered and a
multitude of different traditions, ceremonies and rituals
Some dedicated souls are willing to renounce all worldly
pleasures and possessions in order to devote themselves
wholly to various religious disciplines. Rather than
honouring or looking to icons, idols and representations
of their god or gods, many look for truth and reality
within themselves, seeking enlightenment by intense
concentration, contemplation and meditation.
Some seekers of Truth worship one god, while others
worship hundreds or even thousands of gods. Some of the
World's major religions began simply as moral or ethical
philosophies, and their founders never intended that any
deity or god should be worshipped.--Yet today these very
founders themselves are venerated as if they themselves
were a god!
For many believers, their highest hope and aspiration is
that they will survive after death as an individual
personality in a happy and heavenly afterlife. Others
scorn the idea of continuing to live on as an individual,
but rather look forward to the obliteration of their
individual self, so that they may become one with the
Ultimate Reality of the Universe.
Some believe that after they die they will return to live
other lives on Earth, over and over again, that their
present life is just one of many births and rebirths that
will continue indefinitely until full enlightenment or
Salvation is attained. Others believe that Man lives only
one life on Earth, and therefore has only one chance to
live properly and to somehow secure a happy afterlife.
With so many different--and often contradictory--beliefs
to choose from, the seeker of Truth can understandably
become quite muddled and confused.--Particularly since
almost all of the World's major faiths believe and claim
that their approach is the one true path to
enlightenment, bliss, Salvation or Heaven!