As far back as I can remember, I’ve wondered why there existed a variety of faiths when there is only one God.
As I grow older, I realize what brings humanity together is always more important and fundamental than what divides us.
Most of us are not theologians and capricious discussions of the various faiths hold minimal knowledge and many times disrespect. Yet, were we to study the Eastern and Western scriptures we would marvel at and praise God for the similarities, while acknowledging and accepting the differences with an understanding heart.
The pathway to peace in a world torn by differences of religion has been in existence since man first found religion.
Instead of accepting another’s perspective in order to see our own faith in a new way we neglect to see a God who surpasses all human conception.
Whether it is the fundamentals of Judaism, the Sufis, the Zen monks, the Buddhists, Hindus or Christians, we need to grow in respect for and humility toward the other and give up all arrogance and self righteousness with the Holy Spirit leading us through love which is at the very core of every religion.
In every sound, in every glimpse there is the hidden face of God; it is the experience of unity because there is only one language – the language of love.
Every living being in this world is knowingly or unknowingly on a spiritual pilgrimage.
If we strengthen our own religious background and find the truths that hold us there, we will never become fearful or hateful of another’s belief system. We will only begin to step out of our self-centered narcissistic tendencies, thereby stepping into a state of unconditional openness to others.
With this mutual respect we’ll bear the fruits of peace and compassion that this world so sorely yearns for in these disruptive, frightening times of terrorists, assaults and accusations.
Every man, every woman, every child is the embodiment of God. No matter what tune they sing.