History has shown that religions can come and go but not mans’ thirst to know.

A long time ago, Ancient Egypt was a civilization ruled by Pharaohs. Pharaohs were high priests and leaders who were considered half man and half god. Ancient Egypt dates back to 3150 BC and through a series of stable kingdoms, separated by periods of relative instability known as “Intermediate Periods”, Pharaohs ruled for more than 2,500 years. There has never been any other government that lasted so long. Egyptians and Pharaohs worshipped many deities but none more famous than Re, the Sun God.

We know that languages die out. We also know that religions and cultures die out. How many people today believe in Zeus, Poseidon or Re, the Sun God? Over the course of thousands of years, change is inherent. Even religions like Christianity and Hinduism will eventually die out as new cultures and beliefs emerge replacing older ones. If history can teach us anything, it is that cultural heritage is fleeting and transitory. Thousands of religions have served people for thousands of years. These same religions have also died with these people only to live on forever in text books and parables.  A powerful question may be whether or not the invention of mass media and the internet will stave off such predicted extinctions of modern religion?

Still, there is a quality to our human existence that transcends all manmade religion. It is our ability to connect to the vastness that is the Universe. That quality is our True Nature:  Oneness that defines our connection with humanity and the Cosmos; from which energy and all forms arise. The concept of True Nature is the heartbeat of existence and is something that can’t be destroyed or become extinct. Our True Nature is the unadulterated and unfettered source of instinctual energy that defines everything that is God. No matter what culture or creed we adhere to, within each of us is this unmistakable life source that transcends all dogma and religious trappings.

The world has gone through two major religious and philosophical ways of thinking. I group the two together because they are the same in many ways. Religion and philosophy are vestibules of societal thinking. We come up with our own ideas and, at the same time, we listen to the ideas of others, thus establishing a shared thought pool on certain subjects. Shared thought pools for the ancient world were mythological stories. The stories of the Gods, like Zeus and Apollo, spoke of community morals and principles. They sung of mythic gods, wrath, and devotion, and were the mainstays of ancient thinking and belief systems. The rise of Christianity and Catholicism, however, took over this thinking and replaced it with new laws and morals. Yet, deep down, both belief systems are strikingly similar. Both teach us the rewards for following the right paths and the ramifications involved for following veering paths. Thus, each system taught the same ideals, simply employing different educational systems. Every culture develops the best possible explanations for why we are here, whether they are through myths, parables, or scientific theories. Almost every answer deals with some divine intervention of sorts. The Aztecs believed in the sun, the Assyrians believed God was tied to the geology of the land. Western-based religion puts God in the shape of man. Most cultures believe that a divine source, in some shape or form, created the world. I think it is important to remember, however, that no matter how advanced we think we are – we are still rather primitive on the cosmic scale. We are just beginning to comprehend God and the Universe. The only way we will understand our world fully is to open our minds and look into ourselves, into our True Nature, for the answers.

Opening our minds to new possibilities is a third realm of thinking that is slowly vibrating through the world. It may be centuries before it reaches mainstream thinking, but it’s thought processes are in motion and have been for centuries. The need to understand God and the world is an instinctual urge within everyone, no matter what race or religion. We must realize that people thousands of years before us sought the same answers. There are many explanations for how we came to exist, and every religion and culture has its own idea. So, is there one correct answer? Are all the other explanations wrong? Not when you look at the larger picture. The religions of past and present are just antennae reaching up to understand and appreciate the creator of the Universe. The threads that make this metaphorical tapestry of God are all composed of different colors. Still, despite our differences in color, creed and race, we are all made from the same stuff – God and the Universe. Our differences are petty and insignificant.  We are all here on Earth with the same goal – to not suffer and revel in the immensity of everything. We are a product of this “everything” that is the Universe. We need not fully understand it, just make space for it and settle into the vastness of it all. We need to know we can all depend on the True Nature that exists within us all. Knowing this will bring comfort and facilitate change for the better.  Our positive reactions will create positive reactions.

 

John C. Bader

 

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