The one religious truth

@Riptide (2761)
United States
January 28, 2007 6:33pm CST
I have looked into different religions and found that, as different as they all are, all of them have a few points in common. Like to love others, keep peace and the believe that everything you do, comes back to you, be it good or bad. Could it be that there is an ancient truth that all religions are based on and according to culture they just all branched out into different religions? Even the ancient pagan religions beleive in those things. I think this is something worth thinking about.
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@fliffy555 (1045)
29 Jan 07
i believe that all religions are based on one simple but can also be seen as a complex design and that is a perfect world.... if all the nice things in every religion was put into hand then the world would be free of all free will ignorance and hate.... it would be classed as perfect (except for the natural disasters of course) in my mind (not following any religion) all religions are there to set rules from (whichever god they choose to follow) for a perfect world.... whichever god they choose the only problem being racists and such people who judge people on their religion or whatever and fill the world with hate
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• United States
29 Jan 07
I totally agree. But, I wonder, at what point in evolution did humans become creative enough to think of such things? I wonder this, because if you look at animals, they dont have any structure. But us humans (if you believe in evolution, which I do) came from primates. I wonder if some other animal had evolved quicker, what would the worl have been like?
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@Riptide (2761)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Because they were afraid to evolve, cause they didn't wanna go to hell.
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@cerium (691)
30 Jan 07
And what prevented these animals from evolving until now?? Did we stop it or something?? I am sorry but I can't find any truth about evolution. I've read a lot about but I was never convinced. Hey, it seems like a new religion in the works :) . Darwinians seem to promote their belief by explaining unexplained things to the people using myths. Isn't this your argument argument against religion?? They called it science also in their days.
• United States
30 Jan 07
I don't think it's all that nessecary to give any proof to the fact that, the missing link isn't the foundation of evolution. Scientists have studies evolutions patterns in MANY other tpyes of animals, plants, bacteria, etc. Not only does evolution have SHITLOADS of evidence backing it up, its just plain common sense. Example: Bunch of huge ripped buff guys in a gym, and like 5 skinny kids. They play dodgeball (assume the game is free-for-all, much like the real world). Now, by natural selection (a key part in evolution) the stronger dudes will end up being left, becuase the skinny kids...well they throw like girls...girls who cant throw. Tell me one place in nature where the weaker species is more dominant, and I don't only mean physically weaker, because obviously we are physically weaker than bears, but I mean weaker overall. Physically, and Logically. Humans are dominant because our brains have evolved over time. We have used brains against brawn ever since the first hunting trap.
• United States
29 Jan 07
I think many religions are definitely based on the same fundamentals. Love one another, obey laws, be truthful, faithful to spouse, etc. They're all great qualities, or morals, to help society run smoothly. I also think that certain religions branched off of other ones. For example, if a leader didn't like a certain aspect, he may create his own religion taking what he likes, leaving what he doesn't, and creating some of his own laws.
@Riptide (2761)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Yes there is definetely some truth behind that. It seems like so many religions add on and take away to their liking.
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I think the very same thing. Does that mean we were all created with one religion in the beginning and as the very first people started to have their own opinions and views they changed the way the world would evolve over time? Why can't we get back to the beginning when we were all one? That noone was different. I guess that's we were given a mind to make decisions whether right or wrong we all have the right to choose. My advice is choose wisely and believe what is right for you based on your feelings not what someone else thinks you should.
• India
29 Jan 07
ya of couse all are based on the same goal.none differ from other but their way of attaining it is the same .its not that different religions have different theories and deities that they worship but the final result that they want 2 attain is spritual satisfaction,mental peace,love,harmony and peace between all the human beings. they spread warmth and mental satisfaction. infact the truth is that theres a singloe superpower who is omnipotent,omnipresent and omnicient.he doesnt have any form over which we all fight.he controls each and every action on this earth by each n every human being.believing in him gives u self satisfaction and mental peace.i think thats the only truth which all will realize one day.
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@mansha (6301)
• India
29 Jan 07
I have studied all the religious scriptures and have found few common underlying factors, firstly the origin of all religion was basically to make people rise against some oppressor or ruler that was cruel and unjust. all aimed to bring the society's outcast in to the fold of the main stream society all preach non-voilent means to attain freedom and voilence has been okayed by muslim religion but only in self defence otherwise not. all teach to proprgate love and kindness to one and all. I have really felt that man invented religion to suit his own purpose and God is not interested in religion but only is interested in humanity. God does not need any religion but man does.
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@cerium (691)
31 Jan 07
Violence was okayed by Christianity and Judaism too. Read the old testament please.
@angel108 (570)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
yes indeed. all religions have commonalities. and I also feel that there is only one original religion and from that other religions branch out.it is nice that you have such reflection.I actually learned a very interesting thing about religion in Brahma Kumaris.So do visit their website.It may help you answer your question.You may log on to www.bkwsu.org. Good Luck!
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@Riptide (2761)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Thank you I will definetely check that out.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
Riptide, As a Pagan, I would have to agree wholeheartedly with your assumption. ~Donna
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• Malaysia
29 Jan 07
Hi Riptide, I'm happy you took the interest in looking at various religions. As a Muslim, Islam is a religion and is a way of life. The Messenger (pbuh) was sent to this world to instill the good behaviour to mankind. And we believe, that the differences between success and failure in whatever field is the behaviour of that person. If he has good behaviour than all his actions will be good or otherwise. I've not studied other religions, sorry. Howerver that is my limited knowledge. Keep on studying and asking.
@XxAngelxX (2832)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
I agree with you completely. There is no reason one religion couldn't have branched off into the many different ones we have today. It makes perfect sense to me. Great theory!
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• Australia
29 Jan 07
Riptide you are right, to a very large extent, although tribes have been found where there is no concept of love, not even a mother's love for her child. There are still cannibalistic tribes and tribes that sacrifice their children. It can be said that in every tribe, however remote, right back in history until now, there is one common feature. No tribe has ever been known that does not worship something or someone. Man was made to worship and man had always worshipped. Man has made gods of stone, wood, and iron; has worshipped sun, moon, stars, lightning, clouds, fire, and water; animals of all sorts and many other things. We see the same today as man worships self, possessions, ideas, philosophies, and just about anything. Why has man always found something to worship? Because that is the way he was created. He was made to worship the living Creator God but many turned their backs on Him on followed their own ways. Today, we find that many religions start with the same Creator God, but they diverge at Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to be reconciled with God and to have eternal life with Him. Other religions deny that Jesus is the only way. The Bible recorded that this would be the case: that the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus Christ would be rejected and that He would be a stumbling block to many peoples. The biggest difference in beliefs today is that Christians believe that God is reaching down to man through the Lord Jesus Christ, while others believe that man must try to reach up to God. Good discussion.
@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
29 Jan 07
It's interesting that a number of your respondents have said, 'I believe' this or that...but what are they basing this on? Believing that religion was 'created' to control doesn't make this idea true. Believing that all religions are basically the same isn't even realistic, when you look at the difficulties they have in coming together. Believing that they were all one religion at one time and branched out isn't borne out in reality by the history of religion as we know it. You say you don't want to take the Bible as a basis for looking at religion because it would be too much of a bias...but what basis are you going to take when it comes to religion? Your own 'belief' as a number of your respondents have?
@Riptide (2761)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I'm neither christian,muslim,buddhist,hindu,jewish or whatever else I might have forgotten to list.So I think I can be quite objective. And when people say they believe, they are giving me their opinions and there is nothing wrong with that.Also since I am looking for one ancient common religion, that branched off into other religions, why would the bible help me, since cristianity is obliviously not the oldest religion.
• United States
30 Jan 07
It is a clear fact that numerous religions have a significant number of points in common (see my post before for the full synopsis), especially respect, love, and harmony for others. It is also true that religion did not begin as one and then branch off to many others. As for your statement on the difficulties of religious acceptance can be easily explained. The Pope has a lot of power. Muslim clerics have a lot of power. Judaic rabbis have a lot of power. Religious figures in general, they all have a lot of power. why would any of them want to give that power up? Also, while many of these religions hold the same basic ideals to be true, under the glossy veneer, many of them contradict each other in small ways. Liberal, Conservative, Messiah, Prophet... the list can go on and on. But essentially, the sense of community, and community superiority is a major reason why many religions don't get along. I hope that helps explain some of the "interesting" characteristics of other posts.
@Bhutto (742)
• India
31 Jan 07
That is what Islam tells.Religion is one but our followers made branches out of it for their gain.Adam (s.a.w )was first prophet he preached one relegion,and others followed him,some how these teachings took branches and we have to face the unrest.
@Lunerian (493)
• Sweden
31 Jan 07
Hello there do I have to remind you that there are tuns of other religions!
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@babyreyn (934)
• Philippines
30 Jan 07
the one and true religion that is of God was written in the Bible 2000 years ago. A religion that is pure. Doing the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
@Lunerian (493)
• Sweden
30 Jan 07
There I think you are really wrong, I say few religions have caused more deaths than christianity. So many have been killed in the name of christianity and people still are killed in that name. Also that many christians deny human rights such as abortion. Christianity is not perfect and never will be.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
Some of the polytheistic religions didn't have these common points. For the most part though, I agree with what you are saying. One might argue that religion is nothing more than series of fairy tales told to teach people behavior and socialize we animals.
• United States
29 Jan 07
It's not proven that we are animals (mammals, yes) but many scientists are not evolutionists, especially since the discovery of dna in everything living (the debate now is "where does information come from?"). Evolution is still theory, though ya wouldn't know it, by it's firm claims (the new state enforced religion/belief). http://www.angelfire.com/zine/dancer911/articles5/evolution.html
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
No matter where we are in the part of the world, we are all moral beings and part of our make up is the inward sense of right and wrong. People of old have known this and their encounter with other people helped them formulate a belief of what is morally upright and what is not. Thus we see the striking similarity between all religions of the world.
@sreevasu (2717)
• India
29 Jan 07
I totally agree with Manong05. We could just imagine the origin of religions. Religion also means 'opinion'. To my belief, religions were once a 'way of life' or 'norms of life' of a society of a region. Naturally it would focus the well being of the society only which can be achieved through love, peace and harmony. Religions of different places and different society may vary with their way of living. I think religions are not created but were originated within a society. As years passed, as society became bigger and the 'rulers' and the 'ruling' originated, the rulers might have taken control of the 'norms' and might have directed or redirected in their interests. Since the centre point of all religions are some super human powers, who can determine our destiny - so a fear figure - religions were spread generation to generation with the stories of gods and godesses. The similarity among religions is quite natural since all were orginated for the welfare of the society. And the welfare of a society solely depends on love, care, fraternity etc. All people (even all creatures) live on earth differs in color, creed, caste, language etc. primarily on the basis of the region they live, it is not strange that they have different religions too.
@SPRAJAN (50)
• India
29 Jan 07
All religions are common and teach the same things in different ways. Actually I believe that religions are formed to control the people, who donot have control on themselves. In the process the people who have started the religion started thinking themselves as saviours of the world. For one who has a complete control on himself the religion is not required in any case. So let us not bother much about the religion and keep going on the right track.
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Then you get into the question of 'in control' or as I would like to refer to it... 'morals' or 'right and wrong'. Who to say what is right and what is wrong. That is why we have rules and that is why we have religion.
• Nigeria
29 Jan 07
Good question. First and foremost, use the Bible as the foundation. Sometimes there is really no other way to make an illustration becuase people believe because of God's Word, not our actions. So stick to God's Word.
@Riptide (2761)
• United States
29 Jan 07
But that's my point. Christianity has many similarities with other religions, and it is branched of the jewish religion and merged with paganism. Religions which all have similarities. Sorry but I am not relying on the bible to answer those questions, because I wouldn't get objective answers.
• Brazil
17 Feb 07
The one religious truth? That there is a god, and that he wants you to do good. The rest is icing on the cake.
@shilpa28k (1738)
• India
2 Feb 07
agree wholeheartedly. I heard someone say christianity is about faith and not proof once you claim proof you are no longer christian. although i dont like christianity any way you cut it be it the logical fallacies or the moral ones, the jesusfreaks are just that. scary people best avoided outside the realms of the internet.
@soumyaraj (401)
• India
31 Jan 07
hi rip, It was great to know that people like u still exist who belives that the teachings of all relions r same...we the people try to distort it according to our own wish ... I do remember that when we were small we hardly knew which caste or religion we belonged to..... the other day my kid came n asked me whether a particular religion was bad.....I was really awesruck ....I really didnt know what to tell him....after sometime I md him understand that its nt the religion that is bad or good it is the handfulof people who twist it according to their own selfish motives ..i dont know how much he understood....but i think it is upon us parents to teach our children that all religion r same because they try to teach the same moral values.....
@arpitk (47)
• India
30 Jan 07
U ARE QUITE CORRECT. IN FACT ALL THESE RELIGONS HAVE SAME BASIC IDEOLOGY I.E. IS TO LOVE HUMANITY AS WE KNOW HUMAN HAS INTRINSIC TENDENCY TO REBEL,EGO FOR EACH OTHER. SO RELIGON WAS MADE TO UNITE ALL THE HUMAN KIND IT MADE HUMANS TO BEND IN FRONT OF GOD WHICH ENABLED THE 'TEACHERS'/GURU TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF HUMANITY