Are all faith practices alike? The answer to that question is Yes…and No. Dodging the question, you ask… not really. I have spent the better part of my life questioning and searching, and the last ten years in intense research to discover that answer.
Didn't Know How Much I Didn't Know
In the process of my research for my books, I learned a very valuable thing: I did not know how much I did not know! We’ve all been taught things by family, friends, spiritual leaders…and many times, because we respect that person, we accept those statements as Truth without question.
But what we don’t realize is that sometimes those people have been unknowingly mislead themselves. Not in a purposeful or vindictive way...it just happens. We live, interact, hear and discuss things casually and pass on our views that have been formed over time by our associations and life experiences. Unfortunately, misinformation can inadvertently be spread and multiplied by this totally innocent approach to “truth.”
As I was researching, I realized in a very profound way that many things I had heard or been taught were NOT true. I also learned through many long hours of follow-through, that many things written on the “all knowing” Internet were NOT true.
Watch the Life They Lead
If you really want to know what others believe, go to their main website, talk to real people who live that faith practice, and most importantly, watch what kind of example they lead with.
Yes, there are hypocrites and extremists in many faith practices, but through your own research you will find that they are always a small percentage of people who practice that faith. You will also find out that the true believers of that faith are hurt, embarrassed and even angered by these extremists.
Setting the Record Straight
In my Interfaith Professionals group on LinkedIn, I have members who are always trying to set the record straight…to tell others that these “wrong-doers” are NOT practicing their faith the way it was intended. If you only listen to the sensationalist media…you would never hear that side. I challenge you to educate yourselves. Search for the Truth yourself…don’t take someone else’s version. It’s too important.
Not All On the Same Path, But...
In a journey that began as a pragmatic search for Truth, I was touched spiritually by the beauty and depth in the world’s religions and faith practices. Deep spiritual and moral values coming from unexpected sources, like Voodoo and Paganism…even atheism (not capitalized because they don’t consider themselves as a “religion”).
Are we all following the same path? No.
Are we all on the same treasure hunt? Absolutely!
Beautiful Core Message
Each of the 40 religions and faith practices I researched had the same beautiful core message…regardless of the geographic region or the era of time they began: “We are all children of something greater and we are here to show compassion and love to everyone, regardless of who they are or what they believe.”
In my personal opinion, the only way to world peace is when we embrace each other as part of the same human family.
Peace be the journey,
Winner of DeRose-Hinkhouse Award at Religion Communicators Council
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