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All Religions Are Basically the Same; Top 7 Similarities between the Major Religions

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All Religions Are Basically the Same; Top 7 Similarities between the Major Religions

‘God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by a rope.’ – Ramakrishna

I believe it’s foolish and unspiritual for an individual to believe his religious beliefs are right, and other religious beliefs are wrong because all religions preach the same things in different ways.  Here, I’ll enlighten you by discussing the top seven similarities between different religions so that you strive to learn something from all religions instead of being judgmental.

Enjoy.

All religions:

1.Believe in the Existence of a Transcendent Place/State

All religions believe in a transcendent place/state. Christians call it Heaven, Muslims call it Jannah, and Buddhists call it Nirvana. These faiths believe there is no suffering in this place/state since it is characterized by happiness and peace.

2.Believe in the Creator

All religions believe in the existence of a Higher Power which created the universe.  Christians call it God, Muslims Allah, Hindus Brahma, and African Traditional Religions (ATRs) had a variety of names for this entity. I’m not sure how Hinduism characterizes Brahma, but I’m certain that Islam, Christianity, and ATRs believe their Creator is all-powerful, omnipresent, and omniscient.

3.Provide Ways of Overcoming Suffering

Islam, Christianity, and ATRs believe prayer can help an individual overcome suffering, while Buddhism teaches that practicing the Noble Eightfold Path liberates one from suffering.

4.Encourage Generosity

All religions encourage giving. For instance, Christianity encourages generosity because ‘The Lord Loveth a cheerful giver,’ while Islam claims Zakat (charity) results in blessings and purifies a giver’s heart.  

Moreover, Buddhism encourages generosity because it paves the way to enlightenment while ATRs provided thousands of reasons for generosity through proverbs such as ‘atendaye mema atalipwa zizo.’

Meaning of the proverb – the one who gives will be paid.

5.Believe in Celestial Beings

All religions believe in the existence of spiritual entities. For instance, both Muslims and Christians believe in angels, while Hindus believe in deities such as Shiva, Ganesha, and Hanuman. Besides, ATRs believe in spirit guides.

6.Encouraged Moral Behavior

Buddhists encourage moral behavior through the Noble Eightfold Path while Christians encourage this behavior through the Ten Commandments.

Conversely, Muslims encourage moral behavior because it pleases God while the ATRs believed moral uprightness was good for the society’s well-being.

7.Have Holy Places of Worship

All religions have special places for performing spiritual practices. Christians perform praise and worship in the church while Muslims pray in the mosque. Moreover, African cultures and Hindus use shrines to worship their gods.

In conclusion

Instead of judging religions that provide teachings that differ from our spiritual beliefs, we must study them because doing so will provide us with several spiritual insights that our religion fails to provide. Lastly, studying various religions will enable us to pinpoint spiritual truths we won’t realize if we believe ours is the only true religion.

Peace be with you

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  1. 2baccountable

    July 17, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you for the quick summary of the similarities. Great thoughts, It is like viewing a diamond through different facets.

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The Problem with the Christian Concept of God

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The Problem with the Christian Concept of God

The Biblical God, ‘was a God of wrath and vengeance sitting over the world. This God demanded an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, and only the blind unquestioning, and complete obedience of his creation satisfied this universal autocrat.’ – Manly P. Hall: The Wisdom of the Knowing Ones.

Born in a Christian family, I loved reading the Bible and watching Biblical films – that my mum bought– because I wanted to understand how God works. My interest in the Christian God resulted in me earning an A in Christian Religious Education (CRE), a subject that claimed to expose God’s revelations.

However, I started doubting the Christian God after studying ancient spiritual philosophy and embracing deep thinking. I realized that whatever created the world is a mysterious, impersonal, unknowable force, and therefore, the knowable Christian God was created by the religious leaders of the Christian age.

These leaders believed God behaved like man, and thus created an egotistical God (If you’ve read the Bible, I believe you’ve noticed how the Christian God possesses egoic behavior).

This God forces people to worship him and becomes angry when people worship other gods.

For instance, in Exodus 20, he becomes mad when the Israelites bow down to an idol, for he tells Moses, ‘I have seen these people, and they are stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them.’ Besides this, he promises to throw those who don’t obey him in eternal fire.

He also refers to those who worship him as ‘his chosen ones’, and orders the killing of anyone who attacks these folks. For instance, he orders Saul to eradicate Amalek, an enemy of Israel. According to Samuel 15, he says, ‘Go now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and assess.’

Besides being egotistical, another problem I noticed, is that the Christian God lives far away from the earth. He dwells in heaven while we dwell on the earth. This concept of God is responsible for the belief that God is separate from man. It has made people believe they are servants of God, rather than part of him.

Many Christians will be offended by this post, but I don’t care because I’m writing the TRUTH, which will eventually set us free. My Christian readers must know that their concept of God is man-made, and it was created by egoic men who claimed to be spiritual.

The true God, our Creator, is unknowable as Hermes Trismegistus, the wisest man ever, claimed, ‘God is Spirit, which in itself is unknowable and undefinable, but which may be considered and thought of us an Infinite Mind.

No one, including ancient spiritual masters, could define God, and no one will ever know where he came from, what he is, and how he created us. We might only know his principles by studying nature, but we’ll never know he’s personality because we have limited minds. However, we might fully know him when we die because after death, our souls might dissolve into his consciousness.

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Is There an Afterlife?

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Is There an Afterlife?

I’ve always doubted the idea of an afterlife because I compared death to sleep. However, my beliefs about the afterlife changed after studying ancient cultures and modern religion.

I realized that most ancient cultures, for instance, the Africans, Arabians, and Greeks, believed in an afterlife despite living far apart.

The Greeks believed the soul survived death and went to Hades. Moreover, they believed good Greeks enjoyed life after death while evil Greeks were tormented.’ Also, all African cultures believed their ancestors’ spirits survived death, and they regularly poured libation to them. Some African cultures even performed burial ceremonies and rituals that ensured their beloved ones traveled safely to the spirit world.

Besides ancient cultures, modern religions believe in life after death. For instance, both Muslims and Christians believe we survive death, and our current actions determine our experience after death.  As well, Buddhists believe in the afterlife because death only leads to the end of the body, but not the spirit. They believe that an individual can be reborn after death.

With that in mind, can it be possible that an afterlife doesn’t exist considering that ancient cultures living far away from each other believed in life after death? Did religions and ancient cultures make up the idea of life after death?

I believe the intuitive abilities of ancient/deeply religious folks allowed them to realize the existence of an afterlife, and I support them because I recently discovered that we have a spirit-self besides our egoic and physical self. I think death only eradicates the physical and egoic-self but fails to eliminate the spirit-self.

Also, the fact that we are energy beings forces me to support the idea of an afterlife because as Einstein said, ‘Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.’ Maybe we survive death because it only alters our form by turning us into pure spiritual entities without a body.

Furthermore, my belief in the spirit world forces me to support life after death because this world allows souls to experience life without a human body.

Anyway, we’ll never know if an afterlife truly exists. But we must strive to live life to the fullest because, if life after death exists, we might regret failing to live up to our full potential. Maybe our eyes will open when we die, and we’ll realize that we stressed over trivial things instead of enjoying life in a magical and blessed world.

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