Welcome to our religious article (51), our religious theory.
May God guide and help me to write the right things?
Our religious theory
We believe that the Bible and also all other religious books need to be reviewed and explained in a modern way. You see, there are reasons to believe that there are several things in the old religious books that need a modern explanation.
There is also the need that all religions might need to be reviewed and amalgamated, so that all religions may continue to serve humanity, at least as well as they have done in the past. Anyhow we see that religions may even be very different from the religious world of today, as spiritual things might be explained in a different way, like the way we are suggesting here under.
In the future we might even accept that God is just a life force energy that has the power to give life to every living thing. So wherever we look in the cosmos of the universe, we might be seeing a small part of God and since the universe exists God also exists.
Our religious theory
Dear readers, as we have said in our last article of part two that religions need to continue, because most of the times they are useful for mankind. Therefore now, let us start from the beginning, because this is the beginning of part three of our religious writings, you see we have been studying and writing about religions and we have already said many things in our previous 50 hubs, but even though we have said so much, we seem to have said very little that would really help to solve those problems that the entire world is facing today, as we are going to explain later in this hub under the sub title, the religious theory trigger; here of course we are only trying to have our say about what could be done to solve those religious problems that seem to come from the religions themselves.
So now, let us talk about our religious theory, you see, this religious theory is being written in the belief that we could and would be helping all humanity in a religious way in the future, so that religious attacks as we have seen happening in the world could be avoided, or at least detached from religions; here we need to say that for a long time I was thinking about this religious matter, because I had noted a few things and I was not happy with some religious ways; now I was not thinking that these attacks could take place, but I was noting some inconsistence in religions and wondering why the world puts up with all this stuff, and why nobody does anything about it. Some of this stuff we have discussed in our previous hubs, but so far we have not been able to suggest anything that would be useful, so in this part three we are going to write our religious theory that we hope it would be useful at least to separate religions from those things that happen by using a religious cover.
Therefore, now let us go back to talk about the people and how they use religions, as this was and is the real issue and not religions themselves, because these people that personally did attack were brain washed by their leader in many ways and they also used religions to brainwash them; because of this link between the attackers and religions, today the world looks at this event as if it has come from religion only, but that is not true because no religion really states to go out and kill your fellow man, at the most they will accept self defence.
For this reason written above and other reasons that we are going to explain as we go on, we have reasons to believe that for religions to serve humanity well in the future, as they have done in the past, they need to be reviewed and perhaps some of their interpretation modified, starting with the western religions, because some of their beliefs or statements seem to be hard to believe nowadays, if we apply the knowledge that we have today.
Now, what we have said above is just one of the main events that sets our minds thinking, how and why we have become so low and try to kill other people instead of debating the issues with them, today people seem to want more and more for themselves and they would do anything to achieve that, the world really needs some sort of super guidance that can come only if we believe that we are all children of the same God and we all should be able to live in peace at least in a religious way.
So what can be done, one would like to ask? First of all we have to say again that we need to look more closely at what is happening in the world today, and there we will see that somehow religions fail to guide humanity the way that they are supposed to guide us in a peaceful and just way. But there is more than just what we see at first sight, because there are many other reasons; therefore we say that there are reasons to believe that religions might need to be somehow modified, to meet the need of the people today and also for the future; we believe that there are at least three main reasons why religions may need to be modified, one of these is what we have written above, and here-under we are explaining some of the other reasons.
The other reasons
Apart what we have said above, the other reasons that make us believe that all religions need to be modified, it is because religions would be able to survive the atheist attacks, who are using those old religious statement that don’t seem to make sense any more today and they ridicule religious people and other things, they tell us that God does not exist and religions have all been invented by mankind for many reasons. But we know that they could be wrong in assuming that God does not exist, because we believe that God must exist, as we have written in our hub, God exists because life exists, you see for us God is life because he has given us life, and also because we the believers see many sign of God existence but the atheists don’t see them, because they are not looking for any signs of God existence.
For many reasons the atheists continue to believe that God does not exist and they will argue with us believers the non existence of God. You see if this atheist attack continues in the future and nothing is done to stop it, it may one day weaken religions in such a way that religions could become perhaps insignificant in the far away future; therefore we have reasons to believe that this would somehow make life harder for some people that need to believe in God and religions, because these people need religions to guide them and they feel better if good religions are there to do that.
The second reason is that religions should be modified in such a way that would allow Catholic priests to get married if they want to get married, and then anyone of them that practice paedophilia and any other disgusting acts in the clergy should be banned from the clergy altogether and prosecuted according to the laws of the land.
The third most important reason why religions need to be modified, it is to prevent the extremist groups using religions in such violent ways, like they have done in the attack of nine eleven 2001, and then they are able to find an excuse and tell the world that they have done it in the name of God, which is a complete lie, because God would never order to kill his own children. You see we are all God’s children, no matter to what religion or race one may belong or where is born and come from.
These three reasons are the three most important reasons why we believe that religions need to be modified, and they should be modified in such a way that these things should not happen anymore, or at least have a good chance of preventing them; of course there are many more reasons, but they are less important or they seem to be less important compared to these three issues?
In our present case while we are writing this part three, this religious theory is also being written to complete this part three of our religious writings of Prayers for reconciliation; here we need to explain that Prayers for reconciliation, part one and part two have been written to get the public ready to accept this part three theory of Reconciliation of the universe; here is one of the hub links if you would like to read some of it (Prayers for Reconciliation ) and this part three as I said is going to be called Reconciliation of the universe, because here is where we are going to write our theory that might help to change religious thinking and religious things in such a way that reconciliation of all religions could become possible in the future by using this new way; we know that this is only a religious theory and there is no certainty that it is going to work, but we need to start form somewhere.
As you already know these religious writings are our study of religions and how religions serve humanity, and also how religions could serve humanity in the future; therefore, in this religious theory we would be trying hard to suggest a new way that could be able to overcome most of today religious problems and this could be a achieved by modifying existing religions, and also the way that we see the spiritual forces of the universe, since the spiritual forces are definitely part of all religions.
This religious theory that we are writing is only our suggestion of how these religious problems could be overcome in the future, because there could be many other ways to explore; but somehow we are pushed to do something now, as you will be able to see here under in, the religious theory trigger.
May God help and guide us to achieve what we would like to achieve?
The religious theory trigger
The religious trigger
The trigger that really set me thinking that we the people of this world needed to do something about these religious issues, or at least have our say, was the terrible event of nine eleven 2001, when New York City and other places in the US became under attack presumably from religious fanatics, at least that was the way that the press reported it and the way we saw it in the beginning, because whoever organized it used religion in such a way that brainwashed those that did that terrible act. Therefore, we believe that behind this attack there is a lot more that just plain religious fanatics attacks, so let us imagine what it could have been?
First of all we have really to try and distinguish what really the attack was; as there are many reasons to believe that it was a deliberate attack to the US mainland, not only in a religious way but in many other ways as well, and it was meant also to tell the western world to mind their own business and do not mingle with their religious and political ways of running their own affairs. But they chose America for their first target just because they hate America more than the rest of the western world, and they were jealous of America being so powerful and sometimes telling them what to do even in their own country.
Perhaps we may have to admit that America sometimes mingles too much in other people business, because they believe that they could or would show these people how to live a better life, because they believe that they are the best at everything, (perhaps they are) but they don’t see that they live in the western world, so their value of how to live a good life is different from the value that some other people give to know how to live a good life.
Therefore a large part of these other people do not see it the same way as the Americans see it and therefore they want to stop America interference, this is how some of us see these happenings today. Now while we are editing this hub there are other terrible things happening in Iraq and we believe that they are the consequences of the war waged to remove Saddam Husain regime, here again the rebels that do most damage are supposed to be Islamic religious extremist. Anyhow here we would like to point out also that whatever we do there are other consequences, therefore the Americans and the western world need to slow down and wait for those that don’t believe in the western civilization, we have to wait as long as it take until those people are ready to copy our ways, if and when they are ready to copy us and if they don’t copy us they don’t, it is their choice.
So, as you can see we could go on arguing about the reasons why these terrible things happen and who is at fault, but that is not what we want to do here, because here we have started to write our religious writing, because we want to write our religious theory of the future, so we have to leave behind these arguments between America and other people and go back to write our religious theory, in the hope that we are able to find a way how to stop these terrible happenings at least in a religious way; so let us start to talk about our religious theory.
Theory based on old beliefs
This new religious theory needs to be based on old beliefs
This new religious theory that we have in mind to write and suggest to the world, we are writing it because we believe that soon or later it is going to be necessary to write and suggest to the world something like this. We believe also that it needs to be based on the entire world existing religious and spiritual beliefs that we have today, first of all because it is necessary to continue religions the way they are today, so that people will not become upset, since religions for most of us is a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, therefore believing in what we have always believed helps us to live a better life in our own ways.
Therefore, this is one of the main reasons that we need to be careful if and when we try to modify religions, as it needs to be done very gradually and in such a way that most if not all the people accept it willingly, and those religious changes should only take place when the public is ready to accept them? We know that some of you are going to say that if most people don’t like to change religious beliefs, why make the effort to change them, or make an effort to suggest changes of religious beliefs, even if what is suggested is only a theory that is still being drawn, in the hope of solving some of the existing religious problems.
You see, we believe that there are negative forces that might bring religions down, and perhaps even destroy them, as we have tried to explained at the beginning if this article. Now that we have stated the first main problem that we would encounter in modifying religions, let’s see how we would be able to go about to achieve those modifications without upsetting religious people.
First of all, we should really put all the world religious information available together so to speak, of course this will result in a huge amount of religious information that we need to sort out and we will have to sort them out in a way that most of us would accept? Well that is not going to be easy to say the least and it will also take a very long time.
Here are some links to the religious books shown beside this article for you to check them out some of the main religions.
Once we have collected all religious information together, we should at least learn our own religion very well, so that we would be able to discuss it easily with anyone wanting to discuss our religion; we have also to learn the most important part of all other major religions, and then we should devise a way how to sort all this information down. Now, to sort any religious information one needs to have at least a guideline of the main articles that one should take into consideration, but this is the hardest part, because how can we decide what to take into consideration and what not to take? This is something that needs to be sorted out first even before we start to do anything. So let us see how we could do this together.
Sorting out religions
Sorting out what to sort from religions
Perhaps to sort out those religious information’s that could be helpful one should look at what most religion do and believe today, and since we would like to bring most religions together, then it is obvious that we have to choose those things that all religions have in common; at this stage we have reasons to believe that most or perhaps all religions believe in some sort of spirituality; so spirituality is the first thing that we can use and we have to use it, if we want to bring religions together, if we are able to do that then it will show that there is a link that binds all religions together, this link will show us that indeed we might all belong to the eternal spiritual life forces that make life possible on earth as well as in the universe.
Having said that there are of course the differences that exist in the religious world, there are also all those theories of how this or that religion has started; and also all the gods and goddesses, saints and other religious entity and events that happen in any of these world religions. Anyhow, now we know or at least we believe that we have to work with spirituality above all, if we want to bring all existing religions close together, therefore, let us see briefly what sort of spirituality the main religions contain:
Since the Christian religion and all other religions that derive from the Bible form the largest group, let us mention a few things about its spiritual content; at the top of all the spiritual entity there is God (Yahweh, Jehovah, and/or Allah) followed by archangels, angels, saints and worthy souls; now in order to keep in a certain order to make sense, one could say that these are followed by the devils and the nasty souls, of course all these spiritual entities dwell in another dimension and they cannot travel freely to our dimension, it is said that God has forbidden them to come down to earth after the flood, therefore they do not show up as much as they would like to; now what we were talking about here were the spiritual forces of the universe like angels and demons, but there is more to say here; because after the angels and demons there are also the souls to talk about.
Since God is the life giver of every living thing, it is believed that somehow God the master and life giver of the entire universe has made it possible for the souls of people to travel in and out of our dimension and the spiritual dimension, only when they are born and when they die. This is in a nutshell how spirituality in the Christian religion is supposed to be, because this is how our forbears have passed down this information to us, because they have believed it to be so.
Spirituality in some other religions
Spirituality in some other major religions
Spiritualty has always existed in the religious world, so here we are going to talk about some of religious spiritual beliefs, let us start from the Egyptians.
The Egyptians have the book of the dead and other written evidence is found even today in the pyramid walls. Generally speaking the Egyptian believed the people had a soul and that the Pharaoh was a descendent of the gods and at his death he could again join the gods in the afterlife, people also had souls but they were less important than the Pharaoh. In this evidence that we find today, there are funeral texts designed to ensure that deceased souls reach a pleasant afterlife through the elaborate rites at their death, and there are many other things, there was also this belief that souls needed food after their death.
The Indians have the Vedas and many other books; one of the books that make sense to us westerners is the Laws of Manu, where at least we are able to understand a few things about the Indian religious beliefs; these beliefs are very complex and they are very hard to explain unless we read from the book of, The Laws of Manu, so to make it easier for our readers, we are going to quote part of the first chapter just the way I have found it on the Internet, and here I quote:
1. The great sages approached Manu, who was seated with a collected mind, and, having duly worshipped him, spoke as follows:
2. 'Deign, divine one, to declare to us precisely and in due order the sacred laws of each of the (four chief) castes (varna) and of the intermediate ones.
3. 'For thou, O Lord, alone knowest the purport, (i.e.) the rites, and the knowledge of the soul, (taught) in this whole ordinance of the Self-existent (Svayambhu), which is unknowable and unfathomable.'
4. He, whose power is measureless, being thus asked by the high-minded great sages, duly honoured them, and answered, 'Listen!'
5. This (universe) existed in the shape of Darkness, unperceived, destitute of distinctive marks, unattainable by reasoning, unknowable, wholly immersed, as it were, in deep sleep.
6. Then the divine Self-existent (Svayambhu, himself) indiscernible, (but) making (all) this, the great elements and the rest, discernible, appeared with irresistible (creative) power, dispelling the darkness.
7. He who can be perceived by the internal organ (alone), who is subtile, indiscernible, and eternal, who contains all created beings and is inconceivable, shone forth of his own (will).
8. He, desiring to produce beings of many kinds from his own body, first with a thought created the waters, and placed his seed in them.
9. That (seed) became a golden egg, in brilliancy equal to the sun; in that (egg) he himself was born as Brahman, the progenitor of the whole world.
End of quote from The Laws of Manu.
Now that we have quoted a small part of the beginning from this Indian sacred book The Laws of Manu, it becomes evident that the laws of Manu it a very long conversation between the sages that ask Manu many religious issues and Manu that will explain to them very detailed religious issues; here I have to say that there is a lot more to read in this great book, so I strongly advise to use the link in this hub to read more about the great Manu.
Other religions from the Indian religion
Other religions were born from the Indian religion
The Indian religions have many ways and there are many beliefs, we don’t know very much about them, since even the Indians themselves cannot explain their many religions and ways of beliefs. What we in the western world know is that from the Indus religions comes another important religion the Buddhism.
Buddha story goes like this; when Buddha was young 2600 years ago he was a prince, he was a young man called Siddhartha but even though he was a rich prince he dealt with similar struggles that we have today. It is said that he was born as a crown prince and was also blessed by having an extremely beautiful wife. But still he was not completely happy, because he felt that something was missing in his life. So one day he left everything and went in search of complete happiness and what is the meaning of life. It seems that he found some of his answers and from his new found knowledge created unintentionally a new religion, just by teachings what he had found.
Today Buddhism is an important religion; the leader of this religion is the Dalai Lama, but unfortunately because China has occupied Tibet, which is the main place of worship for the Buddhism religion, the Dalai Lama has been banned from Tibet, but the religious people still believe that he is the leader of this religion. Anyhow what I have found out lately about this religion is that they are not like us of the Christian religions, because we have a God and we pray to God; but you see, the Buddhists do not really pray, but they meditate about what they are doing, whether it is good or bad for themselves and their own souls. Anyhow I don’t know much about this religion to say more, but has we have seen this religion it is there to try to solve the meaning of life, so let me quote here what I have found lately on the internet:
Perhaps this is what the Buddhists are after, and I quote:
Knowing life purpose would invest everything one did with meaning. Whether reading a book, performing a task, or caring for one’s health, one would feel deep commitment and satisfaction. Even if one was suffering from a dreadful disease, enmeshed in a family quarrel, or stung by a humiliating defeat, the power to live-the determination to overcome any obstacle in order to fulfil life’s great purpose- would always come flooding back. In his own the Genealogy of Morals, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) effectively underscored the importance of the meaning of life when he wrote that man desires suffering and “even seeks it out, provided that he has been shown a meaning for it, a reason for suffering”.
End of quote; well it seems to me that there are very deep and meaningful meanings in this quote.
We will be writing more when we find something else to say.