Religion is something that deeply fascinates me. Whether it is organized religion, new age spiritual views, or people who simply believe in fate or circumstance, it intrigues me. I personally find it amazing that certain religious traditions have lasted centuries, while others have withered away. And also the fact that new religions pop up daily worldwide!
It seems however, no matter the religion, there is one question that always persists.
What is truth? And can truth be achieved only through one avenue (True Religion X) or all possible religious avenues?
My personal belief is that all religions (or even non-religious views) bring some kind of benefit and truth to each individual.
The definition of religion is a working one, and seems to differ with each person.
Some people view religion traditionally, with requirements such as weekly worship, special diet, an almighty God(s) and a holy scripture.
Others look at religion as a personal relationship with a God/Goddess/Gods or Goddesses.
Others may look at religion as connecting with the universe or some transcendent non-personal force.
Others completely negate religion, and believe that the laws of science, physics, and the cosmos rule our lives.
Whatever you think religion is, it seems almost impossible that one group of people on this Earth have the patent on Religious Truth.
Another thing that I’ve found conflicting is that people who do profess belief in a God often claim that this God is omnipotent, all-knowing, and wants the best for us. If this God is so understanding, wouldn’t he/she/it be able to see the good in people’s hearts without judging their religious prerogative?
So what do you think? Is it one way or all ways? And what are your reasons for believing so?
I know that this is a heated topic, so I ask that those who comment do so in a respectful manner. Comments that are disrespectful will not be published. People can argue their points in an intelligent manner. Everyone will also benefit from reading others’ opinions even if they do not agree with them. The point isn’t to convert others, rather help them understand why you think the way that you do.