We need a Theory of Everything for religion.
You know, like the one physicists are looking for in physics. One that ties up in a nice little bundle all the disparate understandings, or lack thereof. One that makes all the little quantum thingies and big space-time things that do (or don’t) make sense by themselves make sense together.
The Christian says Christ will come again in judgement, and looks forward to the resurrection of the physical body and eternal life with God.
The Hindu says the cycle of birth and death continues until good karma and spiritual purity lead to liberation, and eternal life with God.
For the Christian, eternal life with God means retaining one’s identity and enjoying God’s good company. For the Hindu, it means dissolution of the self in God’s self, and losing one’s identity, which was only ever God’s to begin with.
At least one of them is, at best, mostly wrong.
Then there are a few other religions (around 4,200 or so) that say other things.
And yet there is truth. There is a Way That Things Are. A reality that cannot be chosen, shopped, or cobbled together from bits and pieces that sound good to us. None of us gets to choose our truth(s). Or rather, most of us don’t get to choose our truth and be correct, too.
This also applies to atheism, you know. We can say there is no god, or we can say there is a god. But one of those statements is false. The question of belief is irrelevant. Believing in god is a choice. So is not believing in God.
God is, or god is not. What we believe does not change what is (or is not).
I am not interested in beliefs. I am interested in knowing.
Here’s what I know:
~ God is.
~ I am.
The rest in due time.
I looked for God. I went to a temple and did not find him there. I went to a church and did not find him there. I went to a mosque and did not find him there. Finally I looked in my heart, and there he was. ~ Rumi
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. ~ Lao Tzu
Be still, and know that I am God. ~ Psalm 46:10