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 the 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 its 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 it's 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 have 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.
Whether you believe in one God or many Gods or no God at all, together, humanity has an inconsistency, we or many portions of us have an agenda that is more personal and selfish that we care to admit,
it may be true to an extent that what we do is in the name of "family" and is our best excuse for how we believe and how we live, it isn't necessary for us to accuse others of having wrong beliefs or to think that we are different from "them"
We all come from the same family of humans that inhabit our planet, we may have different customs and beliefs to some extent but all of our rights should have the same power in terms of existence,
if you feel that you are entitled to something more than everyone else, now would be a good time to reflect on how you would presume your God or belief system would feel or react towards an entitled position in the face of humanity and what justification could possibly arise out of this belief,
how much of this entitlement is due to what we want materially and how much is it about our spiritual beliefs?
If there is one thing that religious people are passionate about, that is their God, especially when it is involved in their religion and their scriptures, just look at Isis and how they have taken their Gods apparent intentions and have made them their own,
they have deemed it necessary to destroy everyone that does not believe as they do, personally, I would leave all smiting and vengeance to my gods' discretion and just live my life as I felt that my God wished me to,
even though I was given free will, I would not abuse it by removing anyone else's free will from them, It is not in my power or should I say it is not my right to take from someone what God has given them,
if I feel that they are not living their lives to my satisfaction or to God's satisfaction, I will pray for them and rely on God listening to my prayers and handle things accordingly,
after all, my God is all-wise, all-knowing and all-powerful and knows what is right.
The internet is sort of like the material version of God, it is accessible to most who have computers and proper connections to the web, it is a source of knowledge that mankind has accumulated over the centuries,
even though there are some highly opinionated individuals that post their feelings out there, it includes most everyone that has a connection, it is our interface to God through websites like these and it is also connected to the material aspects of humanity by allowing people to buy and sell their stuff,
from what you may read on the millions of sites, you would think that there are many Gods and that the only God that is true is yours or theirs depending on what you are reading,
yet there is really only one worldwide web which encompasses all of our knowledge, it is true that some countries do not allow access to all of the web and limit connections to just their country or to carefully chosen sites that adhere to their agenda,
this situation is too bad as it is very limiting to the intention of the internet, and unfortunately this also the same for religious freedom, they must not believe in free will.
So What Do These Other Gods Do?
If you are someone that believes that their God is different from everyone else's, what do you think that your God does?
Ok, your God has created the universe and all that exists and it has created the earth and all of its inhabitants and if you are a Christian, you have 2.9 billion others like you, but what about the other 4.1 billion people,
they have different religious beliefs, has your God forsaken them? Or has your God led them on different paths? Many of them believe in God also, and many of them believe that their God is the one that created all that is,
and still others have a few Gods that have taken on different duties, and still, there are others that have no specific God at all but a force or self-existent place that naturally covers these duties,
if in fact there is more than one God, would it not be prudent on its behalf to declare its existence and clear up all of this confusion and corner the market on worshipers?
There is really no good point in fragmenting the human race to believe in different Gods or different forms of some omnipotent power other than for a test, and the test is rather simple and straight forward,
If all of the faiths take the best spiritual advise given in their scriptures and filter out the superstition, dogma and material aspirations driven by the seven deadly sins presented by false personality, we as a world civilization would have something worth believing,
as humans on this planet, we all have a degree of intuition that we live by and isn't it a logical assumption that one omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient force created all of the religions and guided all of the prophets and wise men to write our scriptures,
but these MEN who have egos have taken this spiritual information and added to it using their FREE WILL to make it sound more interesting or are trying to convince others to follow only their way by threats of horrible things if they are not followed
or have made them overly complicated in an attempt to keep others from understanding what their God has told them or have colored their stories to abide by the customs and rituals of their eras and locations.
Since it is evident that there is only one God, these other Gods that have been fabricated by man and in their scriptures are part of the one God, if it is felt necessary that there is a need for a specific God for specific things,
in Hinduism, it is understood that all of the Gods come under the one God, Brahman, they are different aspects of this one ultimate deity, in Paganism or Hellene, there are separate Gods and in many, there is a head or king God such as Zeus in Greek mythology,
all of these Gods that man created started to lead mankind towards an all-powerful deity in existence to start mankind towards a certain mindset, it was a sort of evolution that has brought the world to a monotheism,
over 72% of the worlds major religions believe that there is only one true God, and Buddism does not believe in a God per se but agrees that there is one power without any name or personality that is running the show,
this is not meant to lessen the importance of individual beliefs as in atheism, and the agnostics are still up in the air about what to believe, but when it comes to God in whatever name you to choose, there can only be one.
Can I Know God?
You can know of God, you have an idea of what God is trying to tell us, you can see what God has made but knowing God and understanding God is a continual eternal process, we will never really know all there is to know about God,
it is like in science trying to reach absolute zero, science has gotten really close but just can't quite get there, you will know God when you can calculate pi to the last digit, eons into the future we will know God better,
but knowing all there is about God can only happen if you become God, and that job is taken, as for meeting God, that is also something that is beyond human comprehension, you should be satisfied with being a part of God and your contribution to all that is,
as for knowing what God is thinking or what God has in store for the rest of eternity, these will also probably go unanswered, it is probably more important to live as God would like us to live and to try to make God proud of its creation by paying attention to what has been presented in all of the scriptures over thousands of years,
Fairness in Religion
In order for there to be a complete understanding of religion, we must understand why there is religion at all, if at this point we are agreed that there are one God and this one God wishes us to understand that there is some intelligence out there that has created all that there is including all of us,
this intelligence has contacted individuals from all over the world with its wisdom, these individuals have relayed this information to others from their land, this wisdom comes in the forms of enlightenment, miracles and other attention-grabbing methods so that their messages will be remembered.
This intelligence has also seen fit to give its creation free will, the reason for this free will is for us to make a choice by using the understanding that we have, our free will is our interface which connects the two halves of our dualistic nature and gives us choices,
our spiritual selves and our materialistic selves are always at odds with each other, our materialistic nature depends on our senses for its input, it relies on emotion to convey its needs and our spiritual nature uses our intuition when given a chance,
our free will determines how much of these two natures are allowed to be presently active, Religion is an attempt to bring truth into the open, it is a guidance instruction that has been presented to humanity by the product of our dual personalities,
in the large picture of what has been presented to us for thousands of years, this information has been extensive and diverse, these prophets or enlightened individuals have been given certain wisdom to convey to all of us,
but they too are people just like everyone else, they also have a dualistic nature that comes with their free will so that there is input from both the spiritual and the materialistic halves of their nature,
it is up to every individual to discern by intuition what is gospel and what is gossip, there is a simple way to determine where the wisdom starts and superstition comes in, and that is love, existence was created out of love not out of fear,
man loves to complicate our existence by throwing confusion into the mix, that is a materialistic endeavor that only adds chaos, heightened emotions fueling materialistic beliefs compounds false personalities strength,
the sooner that we all realize this phenomenon the sooner that we will make the best use of All of our Religions.
Why does God Test us?
Sometimes it just seems that no matter what you do or what you say or how you act, the challenges continue, you just cannot figure why this is happening to you, it may be the reckoning of some distant past karma that was acquired or it could simply be a thought process modification for your betterment,
the reasons nevertheless are not always obvious, complaining about situations are commonplace but do not have to be, there may be apparently responsible parties to blame for your woes and there may be actions that you can take to change the situations,
but until the root cause is discovered you will find these types of dilemmas repeating themselves over and over, attitude is a major factor in all of this, the ability to handle these types of situations without dragging others down is an art,
"do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is a good starting point of an attitude adjustment, this is not to be taken as a vengeful statement, but it is intended to put yourself in the supposed offender's place and situation,
it is sometimes quite obvious that you would have done something differently as the offender did, but they are not you, and you may have an arrogant attitude that needs some stifling,
by taking a view from a standpoint of humility gives you a better perspective of other peoples thought and action process and removing undue emotion from the mix also calms you and gives the situations a better vantage point of being able to be resolved,
of course, if they are situations that have no one to blame, your composure is more than likely being tested and you should just roll with the punches.