There are thousands upon thousands of varying religions in the world. Just in Christianity alone there are well over 38,000 different denominations. Many of these claim they are the one and only way and they condemn anyone who may declare otherwise. So, who’s right and who’s wrong?
I’ve said it before and I will say it again…. If someone is not speaking words of love, peace, compassion, kindness, and how we can all get along, they are not speaking for God. Fortunately, there are many, many religions and/or denominations who do speak these words and I sincerely commend them. They walk the talk of Jesus’ teachings (or whoever their Spiritual Master is of their religion).
Am I condemning those who are doing the condemning? Not at all. All religions have their place and people are where they need to be at this time on their soul’s journey in this life. Besides, many of these are showing us what isn’t working. We are in the midst of a grand and wonderful spiritual awakening and everything that isn’t working for our greater good is coming to light and will be used to manifest our being the greatest expressions of who we are meant to be.
There are many hate groups that say they are speaking for God and I won’t mention any by name because I don’t want to give them any more publicity. Some are even picketing funerals and spouting hateful rhetoric that has no business being said at funerals let alone coming from a church. What’s interesting is that because of these groups, we are seeing hundreds and thousands of people who have been joining together in peace and harmony to support those who have lost their loved ones. People will travel from all over the country, and I believe I read other parts of the world, just to show their support of love! Would this have happened if these groups had not started picketing and promoting their religious nonsense? There’s a saying that says, “God works in mysterious ways,” and I believe that is true in these instances. These groups are playing a part in uniting people in the collective consciousness of love.
So many people are turning away from God, churches, and religion because they know that what they are seeing and hearing isn’t the way things are “supposed to be.” They see the hypocrisy and want no part of it. They hear the saying that “God is Love,” yet are hearing and seeing something completely different from so many churches and church leaders. Again, I want to make it clear that I am not making a broad sweep statement. There are many churches and church leaders who do follow the teachings of their Spiritual Masters. They’re doing whatever they can to unite people in spite of any perceived differences.
When it comes to our beliefs about God, we only have our individual and personal experiences of God and everyone experiences this deity in different ways. Yes, there is only one God for all; it is only we humans who separate him for different beliefs. We hear God’s voice through the filters of our personal belief systems. We know it’s God’s voice if the foundation is unconditional love for all. It’s also very important that we go within and listen to what God says to each of us rather than just believe whatever anyone else tells us he says. Yes, we can get a lot of great teachings, wisdom, and information from others whether it’s from religious leaders, books, or wherever. But we need to check that information with our own inner Spirit to see if it is true for us. Does it lift us up? Or does it oppress us? Does it fill our hearts with joy, happiness, and make our love overflow? Or does it destroy on some level?
I know it sounds overly simplistic, and it really is; it’s just we humans who make it so difficult. But unconditional love really is the answer. It’s what Jesus, as well as all Spiritual Masters, taught. Let love be your foundation. Love prevails. It always does.
Deepak Chopra said, “The spiritual meaning of love is measured by what it can do. Love is meant to heal. Love is meant to renew. Love is meant to bring us closer to God.” And so it is.
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper May 31, 2013.