Thursday, April 22, 2010

Why are there so many religions? And, can they all be right?

Last night was my favorite discussion so far. You all really thought deeply about why people follow so many different beliefs, and in turn, why you subscribe to your own. Not only did you look at why individuals choose certain religions, but why whole cultures create the settings that foster new religions and spiritual movements.

But can all religions be right? The consensus seemed to be "no." There are too many religions, for instance Scientology, everyone agreed were either evil, or flat out crazy! However, one similarity was clear; all religions are searching after God and there is truth in that search. "There is a need for God in the heart of man," said Donald Miller. We all have faith in something we can't prove (that includes Athiests). And if the argument became between religious people and atheists, we would probably link arms and stand side with our friends of other faiths.

If not everyone can be right, at least we can find comfort in our united struggle for Truth. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once said, "Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge." Spiritual people look at the world and are utterly amazed by what they see. This wonder and appreciation for mystery opens us up to a realm of possibility that includes love for a God bigger than our minds can grasp.

One thing is for sure, wether you take this literally or metaphorically,"Jesus is the way, the truth and the life."

grace and peace,

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