Several years ago, in my youth, as it were, I read one of Taylor Caldwell’s books about Merlin, king Arthur’s mentor. He is depicted as having become a Christian, converting from Druidism, asked about this, he said that one must follow the greatest light that one posesses in one’s life, and that the Carpenter’s light was the greatest he had experienced.
That stuck with me and is still something I hold dear. I now know that there were several contrivances that surrounded the bringing of that light to those of us who came after, and I wish that those at Istanbul had not thought so much of themselves that they destroyed all the missals that did not agree with their theology. That quote seemed to me to be the most peaceful transition from that which is earliest to that which follows. I wish we humans were peaceful enough to make such transitions without bloodshed.
We are supposed to be intelligent, key word, “supposed”, but why do we need to be so violent when change is in the offing? Why, in fact, does any one faith require that it supercede another? Is there a point at which we can grow into maturity enough to realize that each of the major faiths, and several of the minors have their points of truth? I just a few days ago looked at Sikhism. I would have presumed that, since it is a warrior society there was no confluence between it and the peace loving faiths, yet I would have been totally wrong. Christianity calls on no one to be a warrior, at least not in Y’shua’s teachings, yet, it has for many years taken exactly that attitude toward life, and indeed, toward the winning of land and territory, (expecting the souls, when they are recognized as souls, to follow along in the credo), to even ponder that makes this soul shudder.
There is no human with the right to decide what other human carries a soul! There is no human or station among humans that has the right to choose which races will be recognized as human. All humans have the right to live free of bondage, pursuing each their own vision of happiness so long as the rights of others are not removed in that pursuit. All humans have the responsibility to live in a manner such that all other humans are given equal oppotunity for freedom and the pursuit of happiness. That is simply being a good citizen.
But what about religion, or even the choice to believe or not believe with or without religious fervor? There are many who believe in God that do not profess one religion or sect above others. There are many who believe God exists, yet do not necessarily believe one way or the other about those who have been called the special sons of God. And, yes, though in Christianity we call that honor for Y’shua only there are others who have been called that all over the world. Ganesha and Osiris to name just two. Their followers believe just as whole-heartedly in their sonship as do Y’shua’s. Do such followers have the right to take the lives of those who do not follow the same path? I do not think so.
Look at the symbolism of the Ganesha for those who follow that path, this is a way of following the light. Sikhism is a path toward the light. Following the teachings of Y’shua is a path toward the light. Following the teachings of the Buddha is a path toward the light. If each and every human practiced one of these paths, or the many others that are presently available on this planet that I have never even discussed, I mean truly followed those teachings, and so lived in peace with all others, there would be no such thing as war, and no need to wish anything but good on our fellow travelers.