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If you are part of the major religions of the world, then about 84% of you would believe in some sort of supreme force, be it God/Gods or Tao, any name given to this entity or force would have to be considered semantics of sorts since just about every religion with a belief in a supreme force that is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, could all agree that no single name for this type of force could possibly do it justice, and furthermore, such a force that has created "All that is" which is all-powerful, knows everything and is present everywhere, couldn't possibly share this status with any other supreme force, yet humanity has deemed it necessary to break up the world's religions into about 4300 separate beliefs including Atheism, Agnosticism, and secularism to make up the remaining 16%.
There is a logic to all of this seeming madness and it is so plain, and in your face that it is just a wonder that everyone hasn't seen it yet. There is only one all-pervading force in the Universe and so far it has done a great job in marketing itself, in over 6500 languages, a hint of its greatness is spread throughout the world, but better than that, this force has dispersed it's law and intentions where all that is required of us is to get together and compare notes to get the full story of Reality.
What about the 16% you ask, well the secularists practice free will and keep spiritual matters separate from a working society, the Agnostics have the spirit of skepticism driving them to seek better answers to those hard questions, and the Atheists are the control, the reality check of our planet, they are willing to live on their own terms and answer for their own misgivings, the organic version of mankind that believes that their good morals are their own responsibility, they may turn out be the most spiritual of us all by exhibiting some of the best of humanity by living by their instincts, though the Atheists have no belief in God and the such, they also exercise their free will, free from religious guidance, their morality is their indicator of how their lives have progressed whether they believe in an all-powerful force or not.
We are all born Atheists, our parents and relatives are the greatest influences on our beliefs, our friends, acquaintances, school chums, and fellow workers would be the second greatest influences, then there is media and what we learn through life and the decisions we make for ourselves, which can be considered our free will.
How can that be?.... How can't it be?.... But my God makes no mistakes and told me so.
And so God has told all Religions that have a belief, God does not make mistakes, God makes Reality and gives all of us Free Will to mold this Reality to our beliefs.
It is just too bad that that has included so much hate and wars, and why is this so?
Because of our arrogance towards each of our religions we fail to see God's true greatness.
We fail to recognize God's plan to make it known to all of his children of its existence, God is pleased that we recognize greatness, even if it is through some of its Demi-Gods, but would be greatly pleased if we would all realize there is only One-God.
Now there are many people that have a problem with "God" or "Gods", even the Tao, being known as "The Way", some people have issues with when in actuality, there is no description or definition that can do justice for the maker of all that is,
The hermeticists refer to it as "The All" and some channelers have mentioned, "All that Is". I think the biggest rub in all of this is that "God" sounds so personal and accommodating, which attracts certain personalities, whereas the Tao seems less personable and more encompassing,
"The All" or "All that Is" seems to cover all the angles and makes this power more mysterious. I guess it really doesn't matter what term is used for this, as it seems that this all-pervading power has done a good job at letting itself be noticed by all of the religions and non-religions on the planet,
where everyone has their own definition to what this Omnipotent energy with omniscient powers really is, what is of the most important is that it has been noticed, and the existence of something is running this show.
As for the believers of different God, Demi-Gods and the male and Female aspects of God/Gods, they have been segregated for millennia, different aspects of every piece of life imaginable, I could give examples but there are so many as it would not be practical to even mention because they are all one in the same,
mother this, father that, good fortune, bad fortune etc. Are all aspects of the one god as it has been realized, according to the upset of cosmic balance when something bad happens a certain demon is to blame.
Cause and effect are the God-given laws that bring these events about, God is not to blame, it is the poor uses of our Free Will that have brought despair to us and our world.
So you believe in God...your religion and spiritual practices have led you to believe that this God that you worship is the best, or so your religion says. Does your God love all of its creation?
Has your God-given the people that practice your religion exclusive rights, rights to be better than all of the other religions on the planet?
Your scriptures tell you that you must worship this God and no other, Do you think that these other Religions worship a different God?
What do you think that your God thinks of these other God's? I have not noticed any smiting of any particular religious faiths, I only notice PEOPLE taking the word of God into their own hands and dealing THEIR justice as they see fit,
we have all been given free will and do with it as we please, possibly we should take our free will and love one another to show God that we have learned something from his many religions and scriptures.
Some people have problems in believing God at all let alone believing that all of the gods that all of the religions worship are the same God, so you may believe only in yourself or you can be a materialist, where you may only believe in what your senses show you,
the spiritual side of your beliefs may be non-existent, actually, I would be surprised if you found this site at all unless there were nagging questions on your mind to bring you here in the first place,
the Bible's God is a jealous God and does not want you to worship any other gods or strange gods before me, I am assuming that in someone's demented mind if they make up something to worship or worship the pagan idols that they did back then,
that would not be considered acceptable, there are many different versions of this commandment, which makes you think what could it really mean.
As for competition among Gods, (just typing this seems so ludicrous) I don't seem to notice any ultimate battles in the heavens, I don't see any battles among Gods on our planet either, I do see battles among people of different beliefs in the names of their God,
apparently they don't think that their God is good enough to fight it's own battles, once everyone realizes that the one true God is the one that has created all of the other Gods, that this One all-powerful entity is the same that has spoken to and guided all of the prophets throughout history from every religion,
this all mighty has diversified it's omnipresence to the point of covering every language and thought that any human can have, the views humanity has about their God is as varied as the people of this planet,
now only if we would just GET IT and start acting like the children of God instead of the ignorant animals we appear to be.
Humanity as civilization has had many chances to prove that they are their God's children, the discoveries of ancient cities at the bottoms of all of the oceans have proven that man has been around a lot longer than science is willing to admit,
all of these civilizations from 10's of thousands of years ago and probably much longer, have had a knowledge of our creator, yet were not willing to get together for long enough to realize that there is only one,
just as all of God's creations including animals, plants and earth and it's resources are also a part of the same creation and should be treated with a decent amount of respect and not harvested for all of our material gains,
of course, first we have to stop fighting among ourselves, and then treat the rest of the earth as we would like to be treated, or we will be the next to end up at the bottom of some future sea.
Now for all of you Atheists out there, any belief in a deity is out of the question, you may worship science or material things, your aspirations are not of a spiritual nature,
the theory of evolution has some merits, but I do not believe it is the whole story, it has been proven that nature has a mathematical precision to it, it isn't a jumble of chaotic happenstances that resulted in humanity,
have you ever thought why the form of a flower is attractive to most humans, why is anything attractive to humans? Plants and animal life follow the math of nature, even minerals grow in geometric shapes and patterns,
has a rose grown beautiful to humans so that it would be propagated to ensure it's future existence? it has already been found that certain colors that cannot be seen by man are used to attract pollinating insects,
is humanity so arrogant that it believes it invented science? When it comes to quantum entanglement, I guess that just came out of the totally random jumble of particles in the universe.
We are still just babies that have not even learned to walk when it comes to the wisdom of science and spirituality.
This one God situation cannot be so difficult if you keep in mind that there is only one creator of all that is, or if you pick a reasonable thing to worship that would act as a symbol for God, just as the cross is used to remind us of the sacrifice that Jesus made,
the Sun can be considered a deity of sorts, I am not too afraid of it being considered a graven image since it is not man-made, but it does have the prerequisites, the sun does literally bring life to our planet,
because without it we would surely all die, the giver of light, it's white light can be broken down into all of the colors of the spectrum, seen and unseen and it enables us to see, it's warmth embraces us like a mother,
it creates the 4 seasons for the circle of life to exist. Sun has been worshipped since the beginning, it appears to all civilizations of every solar system, it is like the universal embassy of God where ever it shines, a constant reminder of Gods infinite power.
To personalize God or not to personalize God? Humanity has found great convenience in worshipping different aspects of God even though they may not realize it,
the most personalized version of God has been realized in Jesus Christ, Jesus, the all wise all forgiving son of God that has led Christianity towards the light for over 2000 years, before this was Krishna,
who strived for humanity to realize its roots with God had a more hands-on and less forgiving agenda towards enlightenment, God has been broken down into many different aspects,
some more material than others, the views of God are as diversified as the people that believe them, almost custom tailored for each country and religion with its beliefs and superstitions of their eras,
this fragmenting of God has not always had good effects, especially when it comes up against conflicting aspects of God, people seem to want to take things into their own hands and force their beliefs on others,
God is not vengeful as people would have you believe, but God does have laws which are upheld by karmas "cause and effect" which may appear to be vengeance but in reality is only the cosmic balance.
In the 10 commandments, it was written that "Thou shalt have no gods before me", since this was decreed by God, it should be accepted that there were other God's out there, or should I say that there were believed to be other Gods out there and that they should not be worshipped before the One true God,
in Greek mythology, the planets were worshipped as Gods, and the Hindus had their variety of Gods that were worshipped since everything was created by the one true God and mankind was created in Gods image, spirt must be imbued in all material creation, which would indicate that everything has a soul,
some things have more advanced souls than others, nevertheless, everything has a piece of God in it, the example earlier of the sun being an ambassador of God is not a great stretch if everything has a soul of some sort,
and it would seem to me that planets would contain a more advanced version of a soul than we humans carry, only because of the duration of their existence,
so the sun would have the most advanced soul because it was the first created, keeping in mind that everything has a piece of God in it, it would be wise is we showed the due respect for all things on our planet,
including the earth its self, there should not be any problem with worshiping everything that God has made, as long as it is realized that it is a part of God.
Let us say that an all-pervasive entity that knows all has made all and has unlimited power is not your cup of tea, the Tao has simplified this somewhat to make it less personal but still there, and has added some rules like cause and effect and balance,
the reincarnation and karmic aspects of this is also of a nature that seems to smell of some sort of intelligent process, yet it does not have to be believed and lived by, it isn't a human law to believe anything,
science has become the new God of sorts, it deals with what the senses perceive, and the matter is what drives its motives, yet science lacks any sort of spiritual path to follow, intuition and faith are not in its vocabulary,
logic is its basis of operation, yet it does have a sort of faith going which is known as a theory. I believe that anyone would find it interesting to see how often theories change in science.
Throughout history, as mankind evolved, it has noticed and revered nature and how it seemed to manage the world, the seasons brought a regular change and man learned to recognize when spring approached and the promise of new life,
the sun would reach higher in the sky and the days would become warmer to signal plant and animal life to begin its renewal, this simple respect of nature was what led ancient man into a belief of an order or intelligence to life,
it was logical, regular and could be expected to happen every year, at first all of these life-giving things were given power unto themselves and were worshipped as such, water, fire, earth and air were the life givers,
later it was believed that one great entity wielded this power over all that is, this evolution of religion or beliefs was later distorted and misunderstood, it was made much more complex than it really needed to be,
people of different lands had taken this God as their own personal savior and greedily refused to share it with any others, this entity was for their people only, this thus began the downfall of religion.
Instead of sharing the revelations of their prophets as an additional newly found information about the great entity that has created all that is, they have removed themselves from the mix hoping to corner the market on God,
the dismissal of other beliefs was a great mistake that has been being paid for again and again in the form of war and oppression,
this word of God or teachings of the Tao have been spread throughout the world for us to compare notes and reach a new cooperative understanding of reality until we suppress our false personalities and stop letting our material emotions run our lives and exist in an open-minded society that respects the word and beliefs of others,
we will fail to evolve any further, it isn't really that hard, we really only need to follow the important stuff contained in our various scriptures and pay less attention to the material parts and superstitious parts to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
What we have here is a failure to communicate, a fairly famous line from the movie "Cool-Hand Luke" a spiritually lost individual that lashes out on material humanity, he doesn't understand God and hoped that he would be shown a glimpse of his greatness,
it's also an analogy to how humanity views their God/Gods, our lack of communication and understanding leaves the majority of earth inhabitants in disagreement, even though the major religions practice monotheism,
they still don't get it, one lord, only one God, the one and only God seem to elude their understanding, and to make matters worse the belief in a Trinity even fragments our God even further,
if there has to be a trinity involved in all of this, let it be omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent, those are impressive enough credentials for any sort of entity, this single God is the same God that we all worship,
it is in the nature of God to be all-inclusive, even if the Tao is to be included in the mix, there shouldn't be any great differences of opinion as any, one name for "ALL THAT IS" cannot be a possibility especially with the excess of 6500 languages that we all live with,
we just need to pay a little more attention.
So you believe in God, believe it or not, that is most of the battle, there is only a small problem confronting you, and that problem is that your God is my God and everyone else's God if this is not believable to you,
you have just discovered the problem, by believing that your God is different in all religions just puts you and everyone else that believes as you at a great disadvantage, religion is just Gods spam to get the word out,
it may be presented in many different wrappers but it is the same in all, Tao included, as the Tao is just a different point of view where the ultimate outcome of this information presented to us leads to the same place,
the most confusing aspect of religion has been the input of false personality to color the scriptures to the shade of the beliefs of the eras, just by taking a few highlights of the major religions, it can easily be realized that there is a definite theme going on here,
the ten commandments, the balance of yin and yang, karma and reincarnation among many other truths scattered among our scriptures point towards our missions, and that mission is perfection, once we are able to exist peacefully with ourselves and each other, then we can evolve.