Think about your beliefs, no really, take a moment to consider what has shaped your view of reality. Do you have a few ideas just yet? As a guy who muses on these things day after day there are a few things I’d like to highlight. All of us, whether we like it or not, are the victims of not having access to some of the most basic answers to our questions.
A holy book or sacred text of a religion is something that I suspect to be not very well founded and here’s why. The answers provided tend to scratch an itch that many of us have. An itch that asks, “what is my community, my spirituality, my family, my role, my calling?” The way we as humans have been approaching these questions for thousands of years reveals a rather striking variety and dissimilarity throughout the world. You see, these are basic questions with highly varied outcomes among us.
This dissimilarity is something that I find to be profoundly challenging to the idea that truth with regard to religion is able to be easily identified within life. It is what leads to movements that attempt to say that all roads lead to heaven, while still others insist that there is only one path that gets us there. What I find truly fascinating, however, is that religion often poses these questions of heaven and hell as being the most important questions to ask and find an answer to.
Now, think about that for a moment. These are considered the most important questions in life. Some preachers will cry out of desperation to their crowds that heaven and hell is inevitably in the balance! It all comes down to what we as human beings do with the message. My sincere answer to those who speak with such confidence is, “how can you know for your own self that you stand on good ground? That you know who or what is behind the veil?” Another important related question is, “what information do you posses pertaining to these spiritual statements that is able to act as a compass to tip you off with regard to which God to embrace?”
I don’t care if one is convinced that they have seen miracles, this is after all quite commonplace within the claims of most or all religions. Miracles or supernatural phenomena is said to validate most religions either now or in the past. Well, does it? It seems that if this is the case then anyone from any religion now has the burden to demonstrate why their particular set of divine claims is somehow discernable from the others? That is, somehow more true or valid?
You see, on one hand religion exalts one’s personal act of trust toward past authoritative claims as being virtuous, however, there seems to be some incentive for that, namely the advancement of “fill in the blank” religious ideas. My argument is that anyone from any religious background should be far more concerned about how to validate what is behind the veil. Without doing so it would appear that religion is actually not so concerned about what is true. As a thinking human being, I am. I want to advocate the things that are true, what about you?