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
about all the other gods of the World's great religions?
As mentioned earlier, some of the "gods" that
many people have been taught to worship today were
actually men, the founders of their particular religions.
Although these men never professed to be divine, after
they died and several generations of believers passed,
the respect and veneration their followers gave them
grew, until they ultimately began to be looked upon and
worshipped as gods!--A development which these founders
never desired or intended!
In other religions, such as the World's great pantheistic
religions in which a large number of different gods are
worshipped, it is quite possible that some of the epics
and legends concerning these deities were originally
based on actual events and battles that took place in the
Spiritual Plane. Many of these characters and the ancient
tales told concerning them could very well have
originated with genuine spiritual personalities and past
struggles and occurrences within the Unseen Realm.
However, in the process of time and through lack of
accurate records, many of these accounts have no doubt
become considerably exaggerated and distorted by
word-of-mouth into some of the incredible tales, legends
and epics that are with us today. But the fact remains
that there are countless millions of spiritual beings,
who compared to us humans, are actual "gods"
and "goddesses," supernatural inhabitants of
the Spirit World--some good, and some evil--who are
struggling in that realm to either bring Salvation or
damnation to Mankind!
Of course, some of the World's major religions do not
believe in or worship a personal God at all. Instead, He
is viewed as a sort of "Supreme Reality,"
"Ultimate Principle" or "Absolute"
that is underlying the Universe. This rather undefinable
concept of the Almighty is usually perceived as a God Who
generally remains rather distant and aloof from specific
human needs, individuals and circumstances. However, the
Bible tells us that the true God is very personally
concerned about each one of us, and that "as a
father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has
compassion on those who love Him."--Psalm 103:13.
Other religions, recognising the marvellous wonder of the
beauty and balance of Nature, have concluded that the
physical Creation itself must be God, that everything we
can see is a manifestation or part of God. Such a view is
actually very close to what the Bible itself says:
"For He is before all things, and by Him all things
consist. For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all
things, and in Him we live and move and have our
being!"--Colossians 1:17; Romans 11:36; Acts 17:28.
Because He is the great Power Who has created all things,
in a sense God is a part of all things and all things are
a part of Him, from the vast galaxies of the eavens to
the cohesive power of the tiniest atom!
Perceiving the close link between the invisible Creator
and the visible things He has made, some religions give
reverence and worship to the Creation itself--the Sun,
the Moon, the mountains, the wind, the seasons etc. But
the Bible tells us that we can worship and personally
know and have a living relationship with God Himself, so
therefore we do not need to "worship and serve the
Creation more than the Creator."--Romans 1: 25. He
does not mind us admiring, marvelling and wondering at
the beauties, glories and miracles of His handiwork, His
gorgeous Creation, but He doesn't want us to glorify or
worship the things that are made while neglecting their
Another means by which millions try to
attain spiritual enlightenment is through meditation.
Although the dedication of many sincere seekers who
follow this path is admirable, those who place themselves
in the trance-like state that is necessary for deep
meditation should beware!--For although they may indeed
find some of the supernatural spiritual powers they are
seeking, they may also discover that while in the
trance-like state of deep meditation they have opened
themselves up to the unseen forces of the Spirit
World.--And if they are not genuinely protected by the
Spirit of the one true God, they can easily be misled and
fall prey to deceiving spirits and become