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Joanne
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10/22/04 05:56 PM


Path to God...
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To my understanding, every religion leads to a divineness. From Christianity, to the Dalai Lama, they all reach to the Oneness with God. And no matter what faith we have, what belief we have, God is present, he surrounds us and is within us. So why do we have so many religions when it all reaches to the Creator?

After reflecting on this, I am beginning to wonder if this is where we each have our own personal path. Our own levels of spirituality needs? We all find that where we are and which faith... we believe is the true one. But again, isn't that fall under our own personal path/growth?

So, why is there so much dispute on this regard? Why can't we just embrace each one's faith and learn from one another? For, we are love, and God is love. Hand in hand they/ we walk.

Just like a rainbow: each color has it's own uniqueness, individuality; yet together, it is a combination of beauty. A collectiveness of colors becoming as one.

What are your thoughts? And please, let's keep this as a sharing without bringing disputes on this.

Blessings,
Joanne

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Thoughtmanifest
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10/22/04 06:11 PM


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This is how I see it. In terms of the ideas of god... I think they're all talking about the same divine source, just different aspects of it.... but I'm still exploring that part.

But here is something that, without a doubt makes sense to me... most religions are based around a "messenger". Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna, Vishnu, etc. If you look at each messenger, they all represent a piece of who we, in entirety, are.

For example, Buddha sat and meditated for... who knows how long... teaching us to just "be".

Jesus and Mohammed, on the other hand were very active, walking, talking, spreading the word of compassion and love.

I'm not as familiar with Krishna and Vishnu's "style" and would love to hear from someone who is more familiar with this... to complete this picture... or any other messengers for that matter.

Indigenous beliefs are "one with earth mother", working with the land and appreciating and respecting the land on which we live.

So every "system", religious or otherwise spiritual, carries a piece of who we are and a piece of the big picture.

I think that we, as individuals longing to live a balanced, well rounded life can find value in every belief system out there.

And we can take pieces of each that work for each of us as individuals and make it part of our own personal beliefs and spiritual path. It's not about "what is right" and "what is wrong", it's more about "what works for me" and "what works for you".

Thoughtmanifest
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Joanne
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10/22/04 06:21 PM


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Ah, now that is a very interesting point you bring that

"And we can take pieces of each that work for each of us as individuals and make it part of our own personal beliefs and spiritual path. It's not about "what is right" and "what is wrong", it's more about "what works for me" and "what works for you"."

That makes it quite interesting and somehow, I have been thinking on the same lines myself. So each one benefits us in our spiritual growth.

Blessings,
Joanne


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Vixen
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10/22/04 06:42 PM


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Joanne,
we all carry the piece of the jigsaw that makes the whole picture, and that is unique to each of us. We all one day I suppose realise this in our own time, and way, and stop worrying about how any body else does it, or wrongs and rights, and just quietly get on with it.
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Jackie.

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Lordmerc
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10/22/04 07:00 PM


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Joanne

For me..one thing's for sure..sooner or later the path to God becomes an inner journey, an inner path and not an external one. If there is no shift in consciousness, no change in the way we love ourselves and others unconditionally then we may as well be walking in circles.

Also, perhaps consider that the body is contained within the soul and the soul is not inside the body. The body is the densest form of energy we experience, the slowest vibration. Our emotional body vibrates higher, our mental body, higher still and the spiritual body and the soul higher still..but also consider that the soul also has a soul..it's called the monad..and the monad..etc...all the way to God. We..the "I" the consciousness of self and the consciousness of God is contained in every layer, at every level of vibration...there is nowhere that God is not. We long to realise this..but on every level. The path we take to realise all this is as unique as God made each one of us.

Bless

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Thoughtmanifest
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10/22/04 07:18 PM


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"and somehow, I have been thinking on the same lines myself."

I think this is a realization that is going to be part of our changing times. One that will, in time, become undeniable. That we are all on our way to the same destination, on parallel paths. And when our paths "enjoin", and we begin sharing our ideas and each of our "pieces of the puzzle"; working together and realizing that every perspective has value, our "communal potency" will drastically increase, one of the steps towards our evolution.

Thoughtmanifest
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Spiritualchanges
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10/22/04 08:58 PM


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2 Corinthians is the section all about the Body and the different parts of the Body being made up of individuals working together as One Body.... I think this is what you are talking about when you said "I am beginning to wonder if this is where we each have our own personal path. Our own levels of spirituality needs? We all find that where we are and which faith... we believe is the true one. But again, isn't that fall under our own personal path/growth?" But let me throw this your way. What if, what we feel is "our Path" is simply where God needs us to be for His purpose, to do His work, because no one else can do it but us. Its not our path at all, its His, and we are just obeying Him by walking down it. And if you take into account, the rainbow, remember there are some spectrums of the rainbow that cannot be seen by the physical eye. There are those people walking on earth now who can't be "seen" or figured out, or labeled a "color" because God needs them as they are to do things for Him that a "labeled color" can't do. Love, Carolyn

The Soul, like the body, lives by what it feeds on.


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Otterman
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10/23/04 10:16 PM


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Although it's late (or should that be early ?) I'm still awake enough to tackle this profound subject.

I agree with the opinion that 'each to his own', or rather 'each to his own God'. The bringers of truth may have been doing the work of one God, but none-the-less each nation has it's own culture and qualities and likewise a related beleif system. All we see today in religion are fragments of truths hanging disconnected with no relation to each-other. In an attempt to protect themself from realising this fact people claim their beleif to be the one and only true one.










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Joanne
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10/25/04 08:44 PM


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Hello Jackie;

Perhaps one day we will have that peace and will not be worrying about others, or be judgemental if this would be the proper term to use here. Somehow, I do believe we will reach that level!

Blessings,
Joanne

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Vixen
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10/26/04 08:05 AM


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Joanne,
Yes, so do I, and for some I don't think this is so far off.
Love Jackie.

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Jules
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11/06/04 10:22 AM


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hi jo.

for me there are many ways and paths back to the creator / love. i like the rainbow analogy, for the many colours make the whole, yet the colours themsleves are complete. the australian aboriginies have many dreamtime/ creation stories about a rainbow snake that created the natural world.

there is wisdom in having so many different ways. it adds richness and diversity to the kalidascope that is life. and deepens the mystery of life by allowing us to see that given the same ingredients, there are many forms that can be created, just as a baker can make many different loaves of bread.

diversity allows us to bypass the short-comings that are inherant within each system ( in different instances each cannot see past their own conditions, and often when we alter our perception by looking at something in a different way there is an...aaahhhh haaa moment of realisation) . it is also a safegurad against the miss-use of knowledge.

it can also be an opportunity to embrace our brothers and sisters with mutual respect. and humanity. for me, angels and masters and teachers and the like dont see themselves as belonging to one particular way or religion. it is the earth world where they are assigned to a particular system. and held onto as being the one true way or a more pure system which then means there is a judgement which can allow grudges and disputes and animosity and then fights even war....which is a disaster

if you look beneath the surface there are many simularities with the with the feminine energies of kwan yin, tara, mother mary, isis and i guess many more that i am not consciously aware of. they are very gentle, know and show, mercy, grace and compassion, love the earth and nature, are there for children....

remember the clear light passed thru a crystaline prism to become a rainbow to our eye. love julian

ps how do u spell kaelidascope?

what the world needs now, is love, sweet love.


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Vixen
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11/06/04 10:47 AM


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Kaleidoscope!

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Jules
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11/11/04 06:43 PM


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each culture has an interpretation of god and creation and the nature of reality. each is a piece of the jigsaw/ tapestry, that we call life.

when we can sit with our brothers and sisters and our "enemies" and share that which we are without restraint or fear, domination or being dominated but as equals... unique, diverse but equal.... mutual respect is a key, as is no-self pity. then i feel that the possibilities of the earth world/ culture are truly limitless.

to me, life on earth is like a puzzle that never had a template to begin with. love julian

what the world needs now, is love, sweet love.


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UbiquitousSky
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01/15/05 10:33 PM


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I believe that when all religions believe in the same ONE God at the highest level. Then All spiritual and religious paths shall become one path, one flow. This will be the human races one whole spiritual flow that will that towards that of all Eastern goals. I believe there will be one flow, with increased momentum for every person who plays as one whole and the people will journey as God to heaven on Earth.

peace brothers and sisters,
Sky




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Thoughtmanifest
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01/23/05 10:54 AM


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Although there are many interpretations of who is the "divine source" and the nature of reality, one thing rings true for everyone who seeks higher meaning... LOVE.

Love, I believe, is what ties us all together, regardless of our individual beliefs.

Marie
'Love everyone, question everything and look up!'


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Chingy
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02/26/05 06:13 PM


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regardless of religion, race creed or colour the pathway to god is a simple one to be explored on a personal level by everyone in their own way - perhaps being as we are all part of god it is also as much a journey of discovery of ones self. Doesn't matter if you cant read or write it is found within. As we grow within we will likely grow closer to god and each other, as you say of the rainbow and the many colours which complement it. If we were all to follow the same path it would be too easy and dull if a rainbow only had one colour. It is seperately and together that we find god - just my thoughts


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