one or many?

@jb78000 (15163)
August 5, 2009 11:36am CST
do you believe there is only one truth or do you believe that there can be more than one valid way of seeing?
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5 Aug 09
I believe all religions have truth. It is because of our interpretations that make them appear different. When looked at with an open mind and seeing them for the metaphors and allegory they are the similarities appear and common sense can be made of them. Very really is the plain text all there is to the scriptures. It really depends on the persons ability and how comfortable they are in changing their beliefs as to how much understanding they will gain. Most people are content with only understanding the basics of their faith, only learning the plain text of their religion and what there priest, and clergy tell them. Some are afraid if they dive deeper they will loose there faith. While it is true your beliefs may change, For me it has actualy helped me believe more, because my faith is not a blind faith anymore because I am told to believe this or that, but because I have uncovered the hidden texts, and still uncovering truths, My mind and my faith is not concrete, it is now flexible to be able to change and mature or even morph. No longer is my faith at odds with scientific facts, it conforms with science in a new way, that both my faith and science confirms each other. Many will never be able to achieve this because they when coming to a spot that changes their beliefs, or the outcome looks like it will make them uncomfortable stop and retreat back to their blindness. When you are willing to go where ever the facts take you with out reservations, the one can grow, and find new mysteries to discover.
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@jb78000 (15163)
5 Aug 09
interesting answer. i agree that an open mind is a positive thing but it is very difficult for many - even you might have some blocks. i know i do.
6 Aug 09
I try not to have any blocks. If something leads me to something new, and unexpected that changes my current beliefs, I follow it and in the end it is still a matter of choice, does it have merit or not. If the evidence supports something new, I can not just dismiss it because it conflicts with my previous beliefs, I just reorganise my beliefs to see if I can incorporate it or have to do a total rebuild on my belief structure. That is also why My beliefs are so hard for me to express, because currently their are no organised religions that can hold all of my beliefs, the closest i guess would be a mixture of Hindu/Buddhist/Christian/Jew, LOL and a few anciant beliefs in for good measure.
@elmiko (6635)
• United States
5 Aug 09
many religions have alot in common so yes there can be more than one.
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@jb78000 (15163)
5 Aug 09
can you explain a bit further? not sure exactly what you mean.jb
• United States
6 Aug 09
There is only one truth but we all see it in many different ways.My truth can be and usually is different to yours.nb
@jb78000 (15163)
6 Aug 09
and so's this - do you want to elaborate? jb
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• United States
6 Aug 09
The best example is politicians. If you are a democrat , your truth and view is far different than a Republican's. You can see the same event in two completely different ways and both ways are the truth.
@jb78000 (15163)
6 Aug 09
with your example it could also be neither, or both see part but not the whole. or that they have both over-simplified things. i'd be interested in what you feel with regard to more religious/spiritual ideas.
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@1hopefulman (45854)
• Canada
8 Aug 09
I believe truth is as precise as time. At any one moment there is only one accurate precice time. There is only one truth, one way. Ephesians 4:4-6 (New International Version) 4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
@jb78000 (15163)
8 Aug 09
do you mean christianity in general or a particular version of it?
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@1hopefulman (45854)
• Canada
18 Aug 09
To many people being a Christian simply means to believe in Jesus Christ. It used to mean one who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ and one is Christ-like in the way he lives. I prefer to say that the one true faith is the one that believes what Jesus believed and practices what Jesus practiced.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10422)
• United States
6 Aug 09
Hi Jb. I suppose many things can have more than one truth. Or a single truth, say God, can go by many names. I should say it depends on the type of "truth" one is discussing. Karen
@jb78000 (15163)
6 Aug 09
hi karen, i suppose spiritual ones jb
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• United States
6 Aug 09
Hi Jb. This is really interesting to contemplate. I do believe there are many spiritual truths, but only one Creator, higher power, Holy spirit, and messiah. I think that various cultures just know this entity, trinity, or being by different names. I hope that made some sense lol. Again, very interesting discussion.
@cannibal (650)
• India
8 Aug 09
I'm reminded by a local saying here. I think the saying has its root in the Rig Veda. It goes like "Truth is one, but wise men define it in many ways." I'm in total agreement with the above sentence. It is pretty natural that what I believe or disbelieve, that would be incompatible for many others. Plurality and unity in diversity is the law of nature. When two grains of sand cannot be considered the same in all aspects how can the much complex belief system of humanity be exactly the same? I therefore am totally opposed to religions and their followers who claim that the whole world should submit entirely to their God. On what basis? I'm an atheist (not a crude rationalist but a blend of atheism and the theories of consciousness) I haven't studied this consciousness stuff much but as much as I have, I've understood that this consciousness is the same God which some people speak of. Obviously some people are comfortable with the term God because of their character, upbringing, choice and many other factors. I'm not. But that does not in any way mean that I'm superior or that the theists are fortunate. It's pretty natural. Therefore I oppose tooth and nail people and religions claiming that theirs is only the true path and all others are the handiwork of Satan/Shaitaan/ Ego of human etc. How ridiculous and juvenile! Truth of course is one, but depending on a person's approach there ought to be various perspectives of implementing it. Even if tomorrow the whole world converts into one single religion there's every single chance that there will righteous rebels of that religion. Again, it's highly natural.
@jb78000 (15163)
8 Aug 09
excellent response. i think there could be a bit more to it but everyone has a slightly, or very, different understanding of reality. even two people with exactly the same religion will have different ways of seeing things. as you said deciding that people who don't see the truth in a similar (no such thing as exactly the same) way are following the path of satan etc/just completely wrong is extremely silly.
@bird123 (10486)
• United States
8 Aug 09
There is but one truth. I have found no religion carries 100 per cent of that truth. There is, however, billions of journeys that will lead you to the truth. Learn what you can from those along your journey. QUESTION EVERYTHING!! Keep moving foward. Listen to the advice of others but walk your own path!!!! Life's lessons are best learned that way. Remember, if you are following, you really aren't on your journey, now are you??? Man has his hand deep into religion. Man is not who you search for!
@jb78000 (15163)
8 Aug 09
that was well put
• United States
7 Aug 09
It depends on what you're talking about. I believe there is only one way to heaven and that's through acceptance of Jesus the Messiah as Lord and Savior. As Jesus is recorded as having said in John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
@jb78000 (15163)
7 Aug 09
this i'm not so sure about but it's what you believe, long as you don't judge those that don't then i have no problem with it
@frinces (419)
• Philippines
6 Aug 09
I believe that there is only one truth and it is just that we have different versions. It depends on how one sees or interpret it.
@jb78000 (15163)
6 Aug 09
that's reasonable jb
@nzalheart (2339)
• India
6 Aug 09
Hello jb78000!!! Well, I believe that there is one single truth. And about seeing that truth on which way, I can't say there is only one way to see that. To see the truth in the original form means get enlightened. And these enlightened people mostly talk about thoughts, thoughts and thoughts only. If you listen to Eckhart Tolle or Osho, the enlightened ones, then they would be telling that the truth is all related about mind and thoughts. So, I believe that reaching to the truth is the art of mind where one needs to quit all the egoes or desires. And quitting these desires and egoes are the basis of all the religions i.e Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity etc. In christianity, there it says, that the egoes must be submitted to god, and get free of attachments to this earth. Well every religion talks about this attachement. If you look at the Buddhism, then it does mention any need of God at all. What I believe is that God is itself a thought, with the help of which one can concentrate on being selfless... Happy mylotting...Hope that helps...
@jb78000 (15163)
6 Aug 09
hi, interesting and well thought out points there
@debrakcarey (19921)
• United States
25 Aug 09
99% truth...is still a lie. Yes, there is ultimate truth.