MOST OF THE MAJOR FAITHS HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON.
Most of the major faiths include the idea of a higher level of consciousness, which is called a union with God; this is the ultimate goal of most spiritual practices. All major religions with the exception of the strictest form of Buddhism (Theravada Buddhism) teach:
- That there is a God who is not a person, but who created the cosmos and who is definitely personal.
- That it is possible to know and to experience union with this personal God.
- That the entire purpose of life is to seek to do so in order to experience God
CHRISTIANITY IS DIFFERENT.
Christianity is different from other kinds of God-mysticism. We become fellow-heirs” with Christ and “fellow workers” with God until one day we will see God face to face.
- Not many religions offer a Leader who chose to live with us and show us how to attain the reward of everlasting life.
- Not many religions offer a God in the form of the Holy Spirit who fills our lives with divine grace in extraordinary ways: what some would think only as coincidence or good fortune.
- Not many religions offer happiness, forever, as a prize for following a few laws
- Not many religions throw life jackets to those floundering in a sea of frustration, sin, contradiction and evil.
- Not many religions offer light in the darkness and a trail out of the wilderness.
- Not many religions offer peace.
Cardinal Newman’s motto found on his gravestone, “ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem” — here below we dwell amid only the shadows and images of eternal truth. Continue reading COMMON TO ALL RELIGIONS