I stopped in at an online computer location the other day and as we were talking about their computers and their instant online access and WIFI access, the topic came around to my charity web site and my desires to demonstrate, to the people of the world, that all of The Creator’s religions teach the same essential teachings, and so all of mankind needs to learn to live together in peace, unity and harmony with one another, because all of these religions come from the one same Creator. But at the mention of this, the people in the place seemed to became somewhat standoffish and distant, and didn’t really seem to want to hear any more of what I had to say on the subject; and I realized that these people were probably of the Christian belief or Christian persuasion, because many Christian people of today, don’t really seem to want to hear anything about anyone else’s religious beliefs or thoughts, because many Christians essentially believe that everyone else’s religious beliefs are false and therefore not really worthy of paying any attention to or hearing about. This belief, for many of these people, is related to a statement made by Jesus Christ, in The New Testament, in John, John: 14:6 “no man cometh unto The Father, but by me.” And than John The Baptist also tells us in John, John: 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;” and for some people there are also statements made by Paul: Acts: 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other,” and John, 2 John: 1:10 “if there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not.” But what many people fail to realize here is that the other doctrine Paul is talking about, is other forms of Christian doctrine that was floating around and being taught in the world, at that time, that Paul just didn’t ascribe to at that time; but it was still based on Jesus Christ. As for Jesus Christ’s statement in John, 14:6, as well as the other statements made by Paul and John The Baptist, there is much more to these statements than what is first to be gleaned by mankind at face value, but than there usually is; for one thing, there is a spiritual side or a spiritual nature to all of these statements; and so, we need to take a closer look at these verses, and some of the other verses found within the Christian scriptures related to these statements; because there is a lot of separation, division, conflict and hostility found within the world and within the human race because of these statements. You see, there is a lot more about these verses, that really needs to be understood, before we humans, can really say we understand just what Jesus, Paul and John The Baptist were really saying to us here; because there is a lot more in the Holy bible related to the meaning of these verses, that really needs to be understood by us, than what is actually being seen here at face value. Remember these are the writings of The Creator and: John: 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit, (look at His teachings and writings spiritually),” and so: James: 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole,” (the whole law or scripture), “yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all, (guilty of defying or disobeying all).” We need to look at the whole story, “(keep the whole book in mind),” within the holy scriptures, and not just focus on one individual verse or individual verses: “(offend in one point, picking and choosing what we wish to believe in; while ignoring what the rest of the book has to say).” For, Revelation: 22:19 “If any man shall take away from the words of the book, — God shall take away his part out of the book of life.” Because when we do this, we sometimes (offend in point) or fail to grasp the true meaning and inner significance of the verse we are looking at: James: 2:10 When we, “offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” We find ourselves guilty of not really understanding or maybe misinterpreting what we are reading; and I find this to truly be the case, for many people, when it comes to this verse, John 14:6, as-well-as these other verses, which have so much more symbolic, spiritual meanings, to be found within the rest of the bible, that needs to be explored and understood by us, than what we see at first glance.
Some people say, that Jesus Christ is the one and only possible way, for man to get to God; and so therefore, some people believe that, Jesus Christ is, absolutely, the only possible way for man to get into heaven? Acts: 4:12 “For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” But there is much more to this story than what these people seem to think or choose to believe; (because this is absolutely not their choice to make)! You see, that choice (BELONGS, ONLY) to The One, True Creator ~(PERIOD)!!! So who are we to ostracize the rest of the world, by telling them their religious beliefs are all false, as though we really know God’s thoughts and dictate His actions?
With the advent of Jesus Christ and the coming of his teachings; the Jewish people use to tell the Christians that Jesus couldn’t possibly be the Christ, because The hands of The Creator were tied to them by the words and teachings of Moses and the prophets of The Old Testament: “‘The hand of God,’ say the Jews, ‘is chained up.'” “Chained up be their own hands; And for that which they have said, they were accursed.” “Nay, outstretched are both His hands!” “The hand of God is above their hands.” “He saith: ‘How false is that which the Jews have imagined!‘” “How can the hand of Him Who is the King in truth, Who caused the countenance of Moses to be made manifest, and conferred upon Him the robe of Prophethood; — how can the hand of such a One be chained and fettered?” “How can He be conceived as powerless to raise up yet another Messenger after Moses?” “Behold the absurdity of their saying; how far it hath strayed from the path of knowledge and understanding!” (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 23)
You see, many of the Jewish people failed to see or realize the true spirit and the true spiritual nature of the word of God at the time of the advent of Jesus Christ: Deuteronomy: 29:4 “Yet The LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.” For, Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” With this one phrase David says it all. It is the Glory of God to conceal hidden spiritual things in His word, but it is up to us to search out the matter. Than, Isaiah: 42:19 “Who is blind, but my servant or deaf?” 42:20 “Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.” 42:18 “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see;” and failing to see this true spiritual nature found within The Creators words, this is how they failed to recognize him, Jesus, as the one true one from The Creator: “When Christ appeared, twenty centuries ago, although the Jews were eagerly awaiting His Coming, and prayed every day, with tears, saying: ‘O God, hasten the Revelation of the Messiah,’ yet when the Sun of Truth dawned, they denied Him and rose against Him with the greatest enmity, and eventually crucified that divine Spirit, the Word of God, and named Him Beelzebub, the evil one, as is recorded in the Gospel. The reason for this was that they said: ‘The Revelation of Christ, according to the clear text of the Torah, will be attested by certain signs, and so long as these signs have not appeared, whoso layeth claim to be a Messiah is an impostor. Among these signs is this, that the Messiah should come from an unknown place, yet we all know this man’s house in Nazareth, and can any good thing come out of Nazareth? The second sign is that He shall rule with a rod of iron, that is, He must act with the sword, but this Messiah has not even a wooden staff. Another of the conditions and signs is this: He must sit upon the throne of David and establish David’s sovereignty. Now, far from being enthroned, this man has not even a mat to sit on. Another of the conditions is this: the promulgation of all the laws of the Torah; yet this man has abrogated these laws, and has even broken the sabbath day, although it is the clear text of the Torah that whosoever layeth claim to prophethood and revealeth miracles and breaketh the sabbath day, must be put to death. Another of the signs is this, that in His reign justice will be so advanced that righteousness and well-doing will extend from the human even to the animal world — the snake and the mouse will share one hole, and the eagle and the partridge one nest, the lion and the gazelle shall dwell in one pasture, and the wolf and the kid shall drink from one fountain. Yet now, injustice and tyranny have waxed so great in His time that they have crucified Him! Another of the conditions is this, that in the days of the Messiah the Jews will prosper and triumph over all the peoples of the world, but now they are living in the utmost abasement and servitude in the empire of the Romans. Then how can this be the Messiah promised in the Torah?‘” “In this wise did they object to that Sun of Truth, although that Spirit of God was indeed the One promised in the Torah. But as they did not understand the meaning of these signs, they crucified the Word of God. Now the Bahá’ís hold that the recorded signs did come to pass in the Manifestation of Christ, although not in the sense which the Jews understood, the description in the Torah being allegorical. For instance, among the signs is that of sovereignty. For Bahá’ís say that the sovereignty of Christ was a heavenly, divine, everlasting sovereignty, not a Napoleonic sovereignty that vanisheth in a short time. For well nigh two thousand years this sovereignty of Christ hath been established, and until now it endureth, and to all eternity that Holy Being will be exalted upon an everlasting throne.” (Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 44) “The Jews still await the coming of the Messiah, and pray to God day and night to hasten His advent.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 54)
Well what has changed? God‘s message was spiritual than: John: 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit.” For, 1 Corinthians: 2:4 “my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit.” For, 2:10 “God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God, (the hidden meanings and allusions found within His teachings).” 2:11 “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” For, “the Sayings (God’s Holy words and teachings) are not intended to be interpreted literally!” (From The Gospel of Thomas) “For, it is impossible to understand (all) the hidden truths of God which are in His sayings, and the multitude of their meanings!” (St. John) God‘s Holy words and teachings were spiritual in nature at the time of Moses. His words and teachings were spiritual in nature at the time of Jesus Christ. What has changed today, from the days of yesterday? The Creators words and teachings, of-course, are still spiritual in nature in this present day and time; but many people of the church, like in the days of yesteryear, are failing to see this and realize this; with many thinking or even saying that God‘s hands or actions are tied to their beliefs and actions, by the words of Jesus Christ, the disciples and the words of Paul, which many of these people, in many cases, are taking his words all too literally as-well, like the early Jewish people did in the time of Jesus Christ. Well, my statement to them is that The Creators hands are not tied to them and their beliefs, any more that God‘s hands were tied and chained to the hands of the early Jewish people, by the words and teachings of Moses and the prophets, during the time of Jesus. The Jewish people didn’t understand the true spiritual nature of The Creator’s words back then, any more than many Christians are understanding the true spiritual nature of His holy words today. So therefore, many Christians are failing today, to understand the meanings of some of the statements found within the Holy Bible, and are therefore turning some people off to Christianity by their actions, while many people are being turned away, by many of the Christianity, by their lack of empathy for the believers of other religions; because many Christians just don’t accept them and their religious beliefs as being from God and just don’t mind showing it. But the big question here is; what if these people don’t understand their bible any better than the Jewish people did during the time of Jesus Christ? To many of these people are saying, this is literally the way things have to be and happen, but what if that is not really the case, because these words are meant to be taken spiritually, not literally like in days gone by.
1 Corinthians: 14:33 “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.” So if a statement we hear or a notion we entertain leads to a lot of confusion and conflict, then we are probably not fully understanding what we are reading completely, and there is probably much more for us to know about whatever we are believing or being told to believe; because, I state again, “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace;” and so whatever is causing all of this confusion, unrest and contention within the human race, is not of God; but is strictly a perception or a creation from out of the mind of man and not a real, actual directive or a valid, factual instruction given to us from The Creator Himself! Because, “God (again) is not the author of confusion, but of peace!” And so, God Will Absolutely Not Bend His Will to Accommodate The Superstitions of Men! 1 Corinthians: 2:14 For, “the natural man receiveth not the things of The Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” John: 6:63 For, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life;” but, Romans: 8:5 “they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians: 2:14 For, “the things of The Spirit, (the words, and the teachings and the knowledge found within the words of The Creator); they are spiritually discerned.”
And so David asks:
Psalms: 90:13 “Return O Lord, how long?” 90:16 “Let Thy work appear unto thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children.” 90:17 “And let the beauty of The LORD our God be upon us!” David pleads here, beseeching The One Creator, it would appear, for the coming of one like unto Moses or in essence, the return of Moses; or in this case, the coming of Jesus Christ into the world of mankind. And Moses, further focuses on this subject in Deuteronomy: 18:15 “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me, (one like Moses);” but let me ask a question here; was this really the very first coming of Jesus Christ unto mankind? Because Luke tells us: Luke: 1:70 “He (God) spake by the mouth of His holy prophets, which have been since the world began.” For, 4 Kings: 21:10 “The LORD spake by His servants the prophets.” But then Paul tells us: Acts: 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other.” And John tells us: John: 14:6 “no man cometh unto The Father, but by me.” And than John The Baptist tells us: John: 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life.” So some people believe that every other religion on this earth is false, because of these statements, and many of these people have come to the illogical assumption that no one was saved or allowed into heaven, before the sacrifice of Jesus Christ; and so everyone that was born before this sacrifice, Jesus made for us, was locked away in hell for that duration of time; no matter what their life’s had been like, in this earthly life! But than Abdu’l-Baha, in The Baha’i Faith, tells us: “according to the suppositions of the People of the Book (The Christians) (if) the meaning were taken in its exoteric sense, it would be absolute injustice and complete predestination. If Adam sinned by going near the forbidden tree, what was the sin of the glorious Abraham, and what was the error of Moses the Interlocutor? What was the crime of Noah the Prophet? What was the transgression of Joseph the Truthful? What was the iniquity of the Prophets of God, and what was the trespass of John the Chaste? Would the justice of God have allowed these enlightened Manifestations, on account of the sin of Adam (one man), to find torment in hell until Christ came and by the sacrifice of Himself saved them from excruciating tortures? Such an idea is beyond every law and rule and cannot be accepted by any intelligent person.” (Some Answered Questions, p. 125) And Jesus Christ further tells us, that this was not the way things are, in Luke, where he describes people going on to heaven or hell at the time of their death: Luke: 16:19 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:” 16:20 “And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,” 16:21 “And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table.” 16:22 “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;” 16:23 “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” 16:24 “And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me,” 16:25 “But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” Clearly, Jesus indicates, with this story, that we pass on into heaven or hell at the end of our lives and not this belief that everyone was locked away in hell till the sacrifice of Jesus, which would be a grave injustice.
And then Peter, Paul, Luke, Hosea, Zechariah, Isaiah etc… further elaborate on the recurring, eternal nature of the prophets, indicating the repeated, returning nature of the prophets; telling us that God has been talking to all of mankind throughout the ages, through His prophets: 2 Peter: 3:1 “I (God) stir up your pure minds,” 3:2 “that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before, by the holy prophets, as they were from the beginning of the creation.” And Hosea states: Hosea: 12:9 “I That Am The Lord thy God; I have also spoken by the prophets, (Manifestations) and I have multiplied visions and used similitude’s, by the ministry of the prophets,” and Paul further states: Acts: 3:20 “God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began:” (unto all of the people; unto all of humanity and mankind, not to just a few certain people living here on this planet with us; or to only the Jewish and Christian people!). And then, Zechariah tells us: 7:7 “Should ye not hear the words which The LORD hath cried by the former prophets.” 8:9 “Thus saith The LORD of Hosts; — hear these words by the mouth of the prophets.” And than, Paul further conveys to us that: Hebrews: 9:24 “Christ, then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world,” which actually makes quite a lot of sense; because Paul further tells us: Hebrews: 1:1 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,” and then Luke further tells us: 11:49 “I (God) will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute;” 11:50 “that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation.” For, 1 Peter: 1:11 “The Spirit of Christ, which was in them,” (or the spirit of Christ was in them as in, all of the holy manifestations or messengers of God; for Christ’s spirit was to be found within all of the Holy Manifestations of God, and their spirit was to be found within Jesus; in-other-words, the repeated, returning nature of the prophets); with that spirit being the very same essence or spirit of God, that is also to be found within all of His holy manifestations (or messengers) to mankind; for Moses then further informs us: Exodus: 4:12 “I (God) will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.” And, Deuteronomy: 18:18 “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, (one like Moses) and will put My words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” 18:19 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words, which he shall speak in My name, I will require it of him.” And so, we see the truth of these words spoken by Jesus, being made manifest: John: 14:11 “I am in The Father, and The Father in me.” 1 Peter: And so, “It (That Spirit), testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow, unto whom it was revealed; not unto themselves, but The Holy Ghost (that The Creator) sent down from heaven (unto them)!” You see, John: 14:9 “Jesus saith, —- he that hath seen me hath seen The Father;” for, 14:10 “I am in the Father, and the Father (is) in me!” “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself; but The Father that dwelleth in me.” But I find that a great many of the people living in this world of today, don’t really see Jesus Christ and Moses as being alike or like one another; despite these spoken words from Moses: Deuteronomy: 18:15 “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me;” and, 18:18 “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, (one like Moses) and will put My words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Despite the fact that Christ tells us: John: 14:10 “I am in the Father, and the Father (is) in me!” “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself; but The Father that dwelleth in me,” because John 8:26 “I speak to the world those things which I have heard of Him.” For, John 8:28 “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” John 12:49 “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” John: 7:16 For, “My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me!” Even though Moses further tells us, that the words that he spoke, did in-fact, come from The Creator, as-well: Numbers 16:28 For, “I have not done them of mine own mind.” Exodus: 4:11 “And The LORD said unto him, I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say;” 4:15 “And I will be with thy mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.” And, Isaiah further tells us: Isaiah: 63:11 “remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is He that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of His flock? Where is He that put His Holy Spirit within him,” “that led them by the right hand of Moses?” That spirit of God The Creator, you see, was also to be found within the prophet Moses, as-well, so God did in-fact, raise up a prophet like Moses in Jesus Christ! And then, Luke, Paul, Peter, Isaiah and Zachariah further tell us: 4 Kings: 21:10 “The LORD spake by His servants the prophets.” and Luke: 1:70 “He (God) spake by the mouth of His holy prophets, which have been since the world began.” And then Acts: 3:20 “God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began,” then also 2 Peter: 3:1 “Be mindful of the words which were spoken before, by the holy prophets, as they were from the beginning of the creation.” and finally Zechariah tells us Zechariah: 7:7 “Should ye not (all of us) hear the words which The LORD hath cried by the former prophets.” And then, Peter further tells us: 1 Peter: 1:11 “the Spirit of Christ – was in them (or the spirit of Jesus Christ was in all of the other manifestations of The Creator, again the repeated, returning nature of the prophets is seen here is this statement).” How else could this statement from Paul: Hebrews: 9:24 “Christ, then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world;” as-well-as, all of these other verses and statements from Christ, Moses, Peter, Paul, Luke, Hosea, Isaiah and Zechariah all be true; unless Christ and all of the other manifestations of The Creator, all consider themselves to be unified, and one and the same with one another, as far as The One True Creator is concerned?
Consider the sun, even though some of the days of the week may appear to differ from one another, with some days being cloudy and dreary, and some days being completely cloud free and sunny; yet the sun itself remains unaffected shining up above, sending down its light onto the world, impervious to the goings on in the world. Well God is much like the sun, He sends down His teachings like the sun sends down its rays of light; only The Creator sends down His teachings, unto His chosen teachers to distribute His words amongst the human world. What mankind decides to do with His words and teachings, has no effect on The Creator Himself, what-so-ever; and if the days of the week appear to differ from one another, the light still comes from the sun and the teachings still come from GOD! But, if some of the people in the world, appear to like or want to hold onto one particular day, of the week, over another; Saying, this day of the week is special, and the only day of the week that is important; does that really effect the days of the week or in any way effect the sun up above? Do people really believe that it affects The Creator one way or another if people believe or don’t believe, and choose to only believe and hold onto one of His messengers and ignore the rest? That decision only affects the people making that choice, and only closes doors to other sources of knowledge whereby The Creator may desire to teach them by; though that decision, may also close the doors of understanding and knowledge to other people, and other cultures around the world; and this decision, may also actually make, some of the more disturbed, dangerously-fanatical people more hateful and belligerent towards other people who do not think just exactly like them! Zechariah: 7:11 “But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.” 7:12 “Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone lest they should hear the law, and the words, which The LORD of Hosts hath sent in His Spirit by the former prophets.”
“Some souls imagine that there is a cessation to the bounties of God, as if at one time the divine bestowals are poured out, at another time withheld from mankind and ceasing. If we carefully reflect upon this matter we find that such a statement is in fact a denial of Divinity, for the reality of Divinity is evidenced by virtue of its outpourings or bestowals. The cessation of the bestowals of God at any time would be equivalent to the cessation of the sovereignty of God. The sun is the sun because of its ray and heat; it is the sun because of its bestowal; but if at any time its effulgence, splendor and radiance should cease to emanate, it would no longer be the sun. Consequently, it is inconceivable that the bounties of Divinity should cease, for the attributes of Divinity are ever-existent. God has ever been divine; He hath ever exercised His sovereignty and still possesses everlasting divinity and sovereignty. He is like the sun, which has ever had its splendor, heat and radiance and will continue to possess these bounties and attributes. If at any time its splendor and heat should cease, it would no longer be pronounced the sun. Therefore, the sound reasoning mind concludes that the bounties of The Holy Spirit are continuous and that holy souls are ever the recipients of these divine emanations. The potency of The Holy Spirit is everlasting, not temporary; for the sanctity of The Holy Spirit is its power and efficacy manifest in the spirits it quickens. We pray that all of us may become recipients of its bestowals, that we may be illumined by the lights of heaven, edified through the teachings of God and imbued with the virtues of divine character, as mirrors reflecting the light of the sun. Unless the mirror reflects the sunlight, it is only dark, inanimate matter. Likewise, the hearts and spirits of mankind, when deprived and without their portion of the bounties of the Holy Spirit, linger in the abyss of darkness and ignorance.” (Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 313)
And so we find, that a great many of the people living in the past, and in this world of today, have closed their eyes, stopped up their ears, and utterly and completely ignored or misinterpreted God’s Holy Words and Writings, and have thereby become: Matthew: 15:14 “blind leaders of the blind; and if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch (or both shall fall into the torments of hell)!” And so we now find, that a great many of the people living in this world of today, fall into this class of people, in that: John: 4:22 “Ye worship ye know not what!” Mark: 7:7 “Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” 7:8 “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.” 7:9 “And full well ye reject the commandment(s) of God, that ye may keep your own tradition(s);” 2 Corinthians: 4:2 “handling the word of God deceitfully.” Matthew: 15:9 “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Clearly there was and is a lot of misunderstanding and a lot of confusion when it comes to man’s understanding of the biblical scriptures found within the Christian bible; and here is where we also run into some other problems within the teachings of The New Testament: for you see, Peter, the one chosen by Jesus to be the next in the line of succession for the people to turn unto, tells us that: 2 Peter: 3:15 “Our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you;” 3:16 “as also, in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood.” You see, Peter clearly tells us that the writings and teachings of Paul are very confusing, and very hard to understand; which he then also tells us: 3:16 “they that are unlearned and unstable wrest (or wrestle with his teachings, which can lead to more confusion and more misinterpretation, which in turn can lead), unto their own destruction.” So Peter further tells us: 3:17 “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.” And then fall 3:16 “unto their own destruction.” 2 Timothy: 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts, shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” 4:4 “and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables;” Colossians: 2:22 “which all are to perish with the using; after the commandments and doctrines of men?” 1 Timothy: 4:7 “Refuse profane and old wives’ fables;” and 1:4 “neither give heed to fables.” Romans: 16:17 “Now I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause divisions,” Ephesians: 4:14 “that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Titus: Therefore guard yourselves, 1:14 “not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”
So here we can clearly see, that there was, and still is a lot of confusion and a lot of misunderstandings, to be found within humanity, as-far-as our poor, pathetically, obscure understandings of The Holy Writings of The Creator is concerned; and still a lot more misinformation that is being spread about, by people who just don’t know or are confused themselves: And, Matthew: 22:29 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures;” or there are other people of devious motives, using the scriptures for their own gain, wanting something from you or something for themselves! You see, The Holy scriptures are and can be quite confusing leaving the believers uncertain as to just where they should turn for true knowledge and enlightenment; and just who they should trust to guide them. But then, there is still another problem occurring here, that needs to be addressed; and that is: many of the people of faith, have failed to realize that some of the statements Paul makes, are completely from his very own thoughts and conjectures. He tells us this many times in his writings; for those people who may doubt this. But this is clear to people with discerning minds, who are actually paying attention. Here are just a few of Paul’s many quotes on this subject, that need to be looked at: Galatians: 3:15 “Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; (with the words of a man) Though it be but a man’s covenant.” And, 1 Corinthians: 7:25 “I have no commandment of The Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of The Lord to be faithful.” And so, 11:13 “Judge in yourselves.” 11:16 “But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.” And again, Romans: 6:19 “I speak after the manner of men (the words of a man).” So this is something that also leads to confusion, for mankind, within the Holy Writings of The Creator. If I run into any discrepancies between what Paul states, and what Jesus Christ has to say or do; I go with the words and actions of Jesus Christ every time. People you should really think about this, whenever confusion arises within The Holy Teachings or you are unsure of something within The Holy Writings. It also needs to be remembered that other men in this world are also giving us their conjectures and human reasonings as well, so be on guard.
You see, a lot of the confusion, problems and misunderstandings we have seen within the Christian community, and with the Christian interactions with other people and with people of other religious beliefs; has been directly related, much of the time, to the Christian’s lack of understanding of their very own religious books; much the same way that many of the followers of Islam, and many of the adherents of the other religions, of The Creator, have also misunderstood their very own religious books and then just lashed out and attacked other believers, of other faiths, for their religious beliefs. This woeful misunderstanding and mishandling of the religious books, of the religions of the world, has been responsible for much of the poor relations and interactions with fellow adherents within their own faith, and with those people of other religious faiths. And many of the atrocities of the world and the tragic occurrences within the human race, have been directly related to this terrible problem; and it seems to be a fairly unilateral problem, plaguing pretty much all of the religions of the world. This nefarious, very human problem was also addressed by Jesus Christ himself when talking to the Jewish scholars, very early on: John: 5:37 “And The Father Himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape.” 5:38 “And ye have not His word abiding in you: for whom He hath sent, him (His prophet), ye believe not.” 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” 5:42 “But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.” 5:43 “I am, come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” 5:44 “How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?” 5:45 “Do not think that I will accuse you to The Father; there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.” 5:46 “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.” 5:47 “But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”
So clearly we see that Jesus Christ, during his time on this earth, wasn’t seen or even recognized, by most of the Jewish people, as a prophet sent from The Creator. And now, we find that many of the Christian people themselves, refuse to see or even acknowledge anyone else, besides Jesus Christ, as a prophet and Saviour sent to mankind for our redemption. So we find, that many of the Christian people are separating themselves out from the rest of the religions on this planet; thereby rebuffing and rejecting the followers of the rest of the world’s religions; though Christianity itself, is a relatively new religion, on this planet, when you compare it to some of the older faiths of this world! And yet, I have actually heard some of the preachers and pastors, within the Christian clergy, actually state that the followers of Moses will not be going to heaven like the Christian people will; but they will instead, be going to another special place in the afterlife, that may be located right here on this planet that God has created just especially for them; and that is not even considering any of the people from the other religions of The Creator, which many of the Christians, just seem to think, they are all simply going straight to hell! What is that old adage from the Holy Bible; “judge not least ye be judged:” 2 Chronicles: 19:6 “Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for The LORD, who is with you in the judgment.” Therefore, Luke: 6:37 “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned; forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” And, Matthew: 7:1 “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” 7:2 “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” 7:3 “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Romans: 2:1 “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” 2:2 “But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.” For 1 Samuel 16:7 “The LORD seeth not as man seeth!”
You see, God is actually a Creator of love, and actually loves us; and loved our creation! CHRISTIANITY, Revelation: 4:11 “For Thou hast created all things. For Thy pleasure (Thy love), they are, and were (all) created.” James: 1:18 “Of His Own Will, begat He us, with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.” And so, 1 John: 4:19 “We love Him because He first loved us!” 4:1 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also, to love one another.” For, 4:8 “He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love.” So, 4:20 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” 4:21 “And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God, love his brother also.” 1 Thessalonians: 4:7 “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” 4:8 “He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, Who hath also given unto us His Holy Spirit.” And so, John: 15:23 “He that hateth me hateth my Father also.” Matthew: 7:12 “Therefore, ~ what-so-ever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law (of) the prophets.” So, JUDAISM, Isaiah: 43:1 “The LORD that created thee; He formed thee — since thou wast precious (most loved) in My sight,” Jeremiah 31:3 for “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn (made) thee.” Hosea 11:4 So, “I drew them (mankind) with (the) cords of a man; with bands of love.” For, Malachi: 2:10 “Have we not all one father?” “Hath not One God created us?” “Why do we deal treacherously, every man against his brother?” Leviticus: 19:18 Therefore “thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am The LORD.” So, Job: 31:13 “if I despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant;” 31:15 “Did not He that made me in the womb; fashion us (all of humanity) in the womb?” And so when we reject or despise one another, are we not all still created in His image? Genesis: 1:27 And, “so God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” And so, 1 Kings: 8:7 “they have not rejected thee (him or her), they have rejected Me (God);” and so, Exodus: 16:8 “your murmurings are not against us, but against The LORD.” So then, Exodus: 22:21 “Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him;” Numbers: 10:32 But, “do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.” For, 31a. “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men.” So then: ISLAM, 13. “O mankind! We (loved, cherished and) created you — and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (and love each other, not that ye may hate, despise and curse each other).” For, 126. “Allah (God), is your Lord and Cherisher, and The Lord and Cherisher of your fathers of old.” And so, 22. “among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth;” 21, “and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts);” 8. “and they feed, for The Love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive.” For, 10. “the believers are but a single Brotherhood: so make peace and reconciliation (one, with another).” So, “develop a mutual liking, friendship, love and (be a) help to one another.” “You should be a source of comfort, love and respect.” 50. But, “most men are averse.” 52. “Therefore listen not to the unbelievers,” 55. for, “the misbeliever (the one who misinterprets the word of God through actions, understanding and deeds) is a helper, against his own Lord,” So when you do hateful, terrible things to one another , 77. “ye have indeed rejected Him, (turned against Allah)!” 23. “O mankind, your insolence is against your own souls.” 9. “It was not Allah Who wronged them but they wronged their own souls.” 13. “They contend against Allah.” And “if ye do (such), it would be wickedness,” for 7. “He Who has made everything, began the creation of man with clay, from a quintessence of nature (and) fluid; but He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him something of His spirit.” So, when we are mean or cruel or hateful to one another, we are in-fact turning ourselves against our very own Creator, Who created all of us and placed something of His Very Own Spirit within all of us; and we are in-fact rejecting Him! “For, The Prophet said, ‘whoever believes in Allah should not hurt his neighbor, and who-so-ever believes in Allah should serve his guest generously, and whoever believes in Allah should talk what is good or keep quiet.”’ And so, Letter 31. “Do unto others as you wish others to do unto you.” For, “whatever you like for yourself, like for others, and what-so-ever you dislike to happen to you, spare others from such happenings.” “The Prophet said, ‘None of you will have faith till he wishes for his brother what he likes for himself.”’ (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 30, 39, 49, 76 and The Hadith, Bukhari Vol 1, Book 2, # 12)) And so, ZOROASTRIANISM, “O Ahura Mazda (God), Who (in His Great Love for us) made us, and has fashioned us, and Who has nourished and protected us.” For, “Thou art The Holy Father, who created us (with) Piety, O Mazda and Good Thought (and much Love).” “Maha Ratu Zarathustra enjoins love for the whole of mankind. One who does not love man, does not really love God. It should be realized that one soul resides in all. Thus one should be a friend to everyone. This social service, which is the concrete of the life of the individual, is not to be confined to any one particular country, but should extend throughout the world, to the whole of humanity.” “God (Ahura) is all love, and His loving presence may be felt everywhere.” “Mazda is not the God of any particular tribe. The doors of Mazda are not closed to foreigners. So as soon as anyone of them becomes fit, he is to be included in the fold.” But then, “all wicked, embodiments of the Druj, are scorners of The Judge, and rebels against The Sovereign;” 4. “who hate and torment us for our Faith, who persecute us.” So, “do to others as you would that they should do to you.” “Do not do to others that which you would that they would not do to you.” For, “None desires inequity to his own self. Thus one should not do to others, what he does not desire for himself.” (ZOROASTER, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna, The Fragments and Hymns of Atharvan pp. 239 547, 548, 816, 834 and Vendidad) So than, HINDUISM “Pleased be The Eternal Lord (Brahma/Vishnu/God) Who loves man whom (He) created.” “From Him come they from passion (love).” “This whole creation He (Brahma) likewise produced, as He desired to call these beings (humanity) into existence;” So, 6. “show love and kindness here below.” But, drive foes away, ~ quell the foeman’s wrath who threatens Us ~ yet, he, like the mad, challenge Vishnu/Brahma/God etc… they despise (and challenge) the holy deities!” For, “Thou art Brahma, and thou art Vishnu, thou art Mazda, thou art Rudra, thou Pragapati, thou art Agni, Varuna, Vayu, thou art Indra; for Thou art All!” He is all gods, The True, One and Only God! And 171. “Let him, though suffering in consequence of his righteousness, never turn his heart to unrighteousness;” So, “may heaven and earth look after me,” “for I am that whereof Brahma is the likeness (His holy messenger); may the heavens surround with fire the hater of the holy practices, those who question the will of Heaven.” And so, “loveth all Which I have made, (all mankind, and all of the things found in nature); equally Loving all that lives. ~ let there be no violence done to others!” “Have compassion (and love), on all (of His, The Creator’s creatures), deal with others as thou wouldst thyself be dealt by. Do nothing to thy neighbour which thou wouldst not have him do to thee after.” (Hindu, Laws of Manu, chapters 1 and 4, – Bhagavad Gita chapters 11 and 15 (Edwin Arnold tr)) and Vedas, Rig Veda – Book 10 and (Hindu, Upanishads vol. 2, Brihadaranyaka and Maitrayana-Brahmaya-Upanishad Part 1) BUDDHISM, And, “From all that is (or has ever been) created, you know the Uncreated, Holy One (God/Brahma/Vishnu) ~ “I am known by uncounted trillions of names. They address Me by different names not realizing that they are all names of The One Tathagata; the name they are using is only one of the many names of the Tathagata.” And so, “(treat all) with thoughts of love far reaching and beyond measure, all embracing, even for all things that have form or life with deep felt pity, sympathy, love and equanimity; not one is (has He) set aside.” “Regard all with mind set free and filled with deep felt love, for this is the way to a true state of union with Brahma.” Than, 15. “Let us live in joy, not hating those who hate us. Among those who hate us, we live free of hate.” For, 26. “The one I call holy, though having committed no offense, patiently bears reproach, ill-treatment, and imprisonment, and has endurance for one’s force and strength.” For, “He has cast away ill-will; he dwells with a heart free from ill-will; cherishing love and compassion toward all living beings;” So, “he who is of flawless life, wise, And endowed with knowledge and virtue, even the gods praise him; by Brahma too he is admired. So, “hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Buddha, the Word, The Eightfold Path The Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha, The Tevigga Sutra and The Lankavatara Sutra and Udana-Varqa, 5:18) SABEANISM, (the writings of Adam, father of mankind), “Manda-d-Hiia, Haiyi/God Sublimest of Beings, when worlds came into being and creations were called forth, Thou didst hold in Thy grasp the worlds and didst call forth the generations out of (Thy Love, and creation came into being).” So, “Praise Thee, for amongst them all hatred, Envy and dissensions exist not.” So, “be pure in all words (thoughts); and life, (and do no harm to others).” And so, “diffuse Thy light over all who love.” Therefore, we are to all love one another! Therefore, “behold me, “look on me, who have borne persecution For Thy Name!” “End for me acts of violence, for I am Thy servant and Thy child. Now I humble myself and my children to Thy name, for I have been true to Thy name, and speak (it) in my heart and talk (of it) in my mind.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba chapters 1, 3, 53, 75, 76 and 410) THE BABI RELIGION, “Him who created man, distinguished him from among the rest of His creatures, and caused his heart to be made the seat of His sovereignty and knowledge, and had no other desire except (his) welfare and advancement; (for) the purpose of God in creating man is but for him (man) to know Him.” For, “love, (is) the mainspring of every energy; tolerance towards each other, desire of understanding each other, knowing each other, helping each other, forgiving each other,” and to “love each other.” “You must neither defraud your neighbour nor allow him to defraud you.” “Regard ye not others save as ye regard your own selves, that no feeling of aversion may prevail amongst you. It behooveth you all to be one indivisible people; thus should ye return unto Him Whom God shall make manifest.” “The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion.” “Indeed God hath knowledge of all things and is self-sufficient above the need of all mankind.” And, “He hath cherished and will ever cherish the desire that all men may attain His gardens of Paradise with utmost love, that no one should sadden another, not even for a moment, and that all should dwell within His cradle of protection and security.” “For His sake I have welcomed immersion in an ocean of tribulation, and He suffered for the sake of His loved ones.” (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, pp. 67, 148, 270, 302, 663 and The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 62, 75, 86, 127and The Babi and Baha’i Religions, p. 60) BAHA’I FAITH, 3. “O SON OF MAN!” “Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty.” “O Son of Man!, I loved thy creation, hence I created thee.” So, “arise thou amongst men in the name of this all-compelling Cause, and summon, then, the nations unto God, The Exalted, The Great. Be thou not of them who called upon God by one of His names, but who, when He Who is the Object of all names appeared, denied Him and turned aside from Him, and, in the end, pronounced sentence against Him with manifest injustice.” “It was against God that they unsheathed the swords of malice and hatred and yet they perceive it not. Methinks they remain dead and buried in the tombs of their selfish desires.” So, “whoso contendeth with them hath contended with God.” For, “The divine purpose is that men should live in unity, concord and agreement and should love one another (not hate curse and despise one another)!” “Do not only say that Unity, Love and Brotherhood are good; you must work for their realization.” So, “Wish not for others what ye wish not for yourselves; fear God, and be not of the prideful.” “He should not wish for others that which he doth not wish for himself, nor promise that which he doth not fulfill.” (Bahá’í Faith, The Hidden Words, The Summons of The Lord of Hosts, Baha’i World Faith pp. 245 and 442, and Divine Philosophy, p. 101 and Abdu’l-Baha in London, pp. 28, 37, 60 and The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 72, Baha’u’llah, The Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 265)
Clearly mankind is supposed to love one another, care about one another and be unified and at peace with one another; and not do bad, terrible things to one another. And so I find myself stating this, one more time, for those people who just refuse to see! 1 Corinthians: 4:33 “God is (definitely) not the author of confusion, but of peace!!!” And so, if your religious beliefs and religious practices, are not instilling thoughts of love, and thoughts of unity and peace for your fellow human beings, into your hearts; than there is something definitely going terribly wrong, with the way you are doing things; because real love does not lead to hate, and true, actual love, does not create hatred within the human heart! Therefore, something else is creating all of this dark, unsympathetic, hatred and cold unfeeling, indifference people have towards one another, in this world of today; which is absolutely not God related in any true way or form.
And so people, the one big thought provoking question I see here is: If God loves us, and loved our creation so very, very much, why would He purposely be separating us, and purposely segregating us into groups; as some people so strongly seem to believe? Believing that they, and only they, are specially chosen; and therefore, the only special chosen ones; for all of His special divine blessings and divine favors; while the rest of the human race, (as in, everybody else, who does not claim to be Christian or Muslim), are totally and completely being ignored and discarded; as if they are just useless refuse and a total waste of His divinely omnipotent time and divinity? It makes absolutely no kind of sense, what-so-ever! He created all of humanity, not just part of us or a few of us! And He absolutely, clearly states, that He loves all of us, not just a few of us or just the Christians and Muslims! If you read what all of the religions, including Christianity and Islam, actually have to say on this subject, you will see this. The statements on this particular subject are just two paragraphs above this paragraph, if any of this seems unclear to you? Read them again, if any of this seems unclear; they came from right out of your very own books if you care to look! Because, if all of these things I have been being told by various members of the clergy, about the other religions in this world are true, and based on absolute fact; then why would The One, True Creator, Who we are told, is actually all about love, and infinite caring-compassion, create all of these supposedly unloved, unwanted, unblessed other human beings; just so they can all suffer, in a fierce burning, pain filled hell, for all of eternity; it makes no sense? Because I am being told, by these people; that all of the people, from all of the other religions of The Creator, are all going to, absolutely burn in hell for all of eternity; just because they didn’t recognize or maybe, didn’t know about Jesus Christ or Muhammad; and I must ask here, just where exactly is there any kind of justice or even logic in any of this? I mean, it makes absolutely no real kind of sense! Indeed none of this makes any real kind of sense! Let alone, all of the thoughtful wondering coming from many of the people who are just wondering, at just where exactly is all of this deep felt love and most gracious mercy, The Lord is supposed to have so much of? Again, I state once more; this makes absolutely no real kind of sense what-so-ever; nor does it make any real sense to anyone else, who actually believes in a God, Who is actually, a God of infinite love, mercy and compassion! I mean, why exactly would all of this apparent cold, indifference, I am being told The Creator has for all of the rest of His Children, that are to be found within all of His other religions, make any sense to anyone? I mean really! Just why would He do that? I mean, why would He create, even the very first human soul, in the first place; if He knew that this person was going to suffer like this, in a cruel burning hell for all of eternity; let alone doing this to almost the entire human race? This is definitely not an act of love or the actions of an All Loving Creator! If a human being, did something like this, we would say that, that person was a true inhuman, sociopathic monster; and yet that persons actions are really as nothing in comparison to the actions of a being who would knowingly create, just one individual, who is knowingly being created, just so they will find themselves screaming in extreme agony in a fierce burning hell from all eternity to all eternity. And yet a great many of these supposedly God fearing, God loving people have no problem with most of the human race being cast into a burning, fire blazing hell for all of eternity! It makes absolutely no sense to a sane person; let alone being perpetrated and done by The One, True, All-Loving Creator of absolutely everything! People should really think about this! But I guess this might make some kind of sense to some people, who are less inclined to believe in a Creator, Who is truly kind, All-loving, merciful and compassionate, as opposed to a Creator, Who is instead more like a cold, unforgiving God, Who only has thoughts of delivering out severe justice with righteous anger and punishment, onto the people, the way some of these people seem to think and feel His justice should be dealt out onto humanity; Out of anger and wrath by a truly angry God! But then, God fortunately does not think like mankind! Isaiah: 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith The LORD.” 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Please think people! The Creator knows things that we do not know or even understand for that matter: Proverbs: 16:4 For, “The LORD hath made all things for himself; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” We do not know or really understand, what the true and final outcome will be for any of our actions, be they good or bad? Job: 4:17 “Shall mortal man be more just than God?” “Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?” Genesis: 18:25 “Shall not The Judge of all the earth do right?” Remember, The Creator does not think like us, and He knows the true outcome for everything we do whether good or bad. Genesis: 50:19 “And (so) Joseph said unto them (his brethren), Fear not: for am I in the place of God?” 50:20 “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” 50:21 “Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.” Think! God, our Creator, only creates good, not evil: Genesis: 1:31 “And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.” 1 Timothy: 4:4 “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused.” If something in this world appears to be bad or evil; (to the final ultimate good, will The Lord turn it); and so we must remember: Genesis: 18:25 “Shall not The Judge of all the earth do right, (or do right by man)?” The Creator will do right by us; even if we don’t understand it! Micah: 4:12 “But they know not the thoughts of The LORD, neither understand they His counsel.” Because Isaiah: 55:8 “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith The LORD.” 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” The Creator Himself, absolutely has good intentions in mind for all of His children, we just need to be patient and trust in His Good intentions; for again: Genesis: 18:25 “Shall not The Judge of all the earth do right?” Shall He that created us, not do right by us? Shall He not do right by all of us, all of humanity; if not, why did He bother creating us in the first place?
So, it makes absolutely no sense for The Creator to only allow a very small, portion of His children into heaven, while He sends the vast majority of His children; to suffer in the fierce burning flames of hell for all of eternity? It is completely illogical! Why would a Divine being, Who is all loving, do such a thing, in such an illogical way? Do we really believe that The One, True Creator of absolutely everything, is Himself, an illogical being; or does anyone ever just stop to think, that maybe we just really don’t know, for sure, just exactly what is really going on here in His creation or on the other side? Do we really believe that The Creator, of all understanding and all knowledge is an illogical being; Who is totally bias towards many of His very, own created children; or is it, that God is unbiased, loves all of His children and wants good for all of us; and we stubborn human beings just can’t see that or just refuse to see that!
You see, what I have actually discovered is that every one of The Creator’s religions, do actually acknowledge and talk about the rest of The Creator’s religions; and all of His prophets, definitely do talk about the existences of one another, and state that God has been teachings all of His people, in all of His religions, by all of his prophets, since the very beginning; so in-other-words, all of mankind is being called, not just a few of us, as some believe.
Christianity: For, John: 10:16 “other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: (them also I must bring), and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd!” With this one statement Jesus implies the oneness of all the religions, not just a few scattered sheep here or there. He has other sheep not of the fold he is with; the other religions. Christ tells us: John: 10:16 “Them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd,” or in-other-words, there will be one religion with one shepherd overseeing all, because there is One Creator! This is not an indication that the Catholics, Protestants, Lutherans and Baptists etc.. will all be brought together into one fold, as I have heard some Christians claim; these different religious sects, all belong to the same religion, Christianity; and did not even exist on this earth, at the time when Jesus made this statement. So, it only stands to reason that Christ was actually referring to (Hinduism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Sabeanism etc…); which are all other known religions or other sheep, that did actually exist on this earth at that particular time; that are all actually based on One, Overall, Creator and Supreme, Divine, Being; which you can discover for yourselves, if any of you will actually, carefully look into these other religious books for yourselves. John: 6:45 For “it is written in the (words of the) prophets and they shall be all taught of God, (every man, woman and child, not just a few people scattered here or there around this world, we all live on);” John: 10:16 For, “Them also I must bring!” Acts: 17:26 Because we are, “of One Blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, (all of humanity, not just the people of a few religions)!” Hebrews 13:20 And, “The God of Peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep;” here Paul is demonstrating to us, that Jesus Christ was the shepherd being spoken of, and talked about at this particular time, and that Christ, does in reality, have other sheep or other religious adherents, from outside of the Christian fold, he is with; that are also followers and children of The One, True, God! 8:6 “But now hath he (Jesus) obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant.” 8:7 Because, “if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.” “For finding fault with them (the covenants), He saith, a new covenant, He hath made, the first old now that which decayeth and waxeth old, is ready to vanish away.” So, clearly we can see that God does, in-fact, send other manifestations or prophets, with other covenants to mankind, when needed; hence the other messengers and the other religions of God. For Peter, again tells us: 2 Peter: 3:1 “I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 3:2 that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before, by (all) the holy prophets, 3:4 —– as they were from the beginning of the creation.” Luke: 1:68 For, “blessed be The Lord God of Israel; for He hath ~ raised up an horn of salvation for us ~ as He spake by the mouth of His holy prophets, (which have been since the world began),” 1:75 “in holiness and (in) righteousness before Him.” Hebrews: 1:1 Because, “God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by (all of) the prophets,” Acts: 3:21 For, “God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began;” John: 8:28 “Then said Jesus, I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” 14:10 “the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” 12:49 “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” So Ephesians: 3:5 “as it is now revealed unto His Holy Apostles and Prophets, by the Spirit.” Because: John: 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; (for) the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” For, 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit, and in truth;” John: 6:63 for “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit.” Hebrews: 9:26 “For then must he (Jesus) often have suffered since the foundation of the world.” Paul is once more referencing here, to all of the persecutions and tribulations faced by all of the other manifestations of The Creator, found within the other religions of The Creator. And so, 1 Peter: 1:1 The “searching what, or what manner of time THE SPIRIT of CHRIST, which was in them did signify, (the spirit of Christ and God, was to be found within all of The Other Holy Manifestations, Messengers and Prophets, and their spirits were to be found within him).” John: 14:10 For, “the words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself: but The Father that dwelleth in me.” 3:34 “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God;” 12:49 “For I have not spoken of myself; but The Father which sent me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” For, 14:11 “I am in The Father, and The Father in me.” So, in-other-words, we need to treat the members of the other religions like we would desire for ourselves to be treated, Luke: 6:31 “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise;” for they are also children of The One, Same, Divine Creator that most of the humans, in this world believe in! So, in-other-words, hating one another, and being mean, and cruel, and trying to maim or kill one another, is just something, completely and totally out of the question, for any sane being; because we are all, in-reality, one big, human family. So, 1 Thessalonians: 5:15 “see that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.” We need to start acting like a real human family; and be more kind, merciful, loving and compassionate to one another, because this is actually how a true, God Loving, loving human family should act in reality! 1 Corinthians: 12:26 “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” For we are all The Creator’s children, found within all of His Holy Divine Religions! John: 15:17 And so “these things I command you, that ye love one another,” so than, we all need to, “love one another,” Romans: and than we need to all, “have mercy upon all!” 1 John: 3:17 “But (then) whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” ~ and so again, one last time, we are all, Acts: 17:26 “of One Blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth (and so we are all again, one human family, all living under the love, protection and care of The One True Creator of us all)!!!”
We also, all need to start thinking for ourselves and investigating for ourselves; that way some people, of devious motives or just simply blind to His Holy Teachings, can’t lead us around blindly by our noses! And The Creator’s teachings and prophets, do warn us to do this, so that other individuals, of devious motives, or just plain ignorant of His true spiritual teachings can’t lead us off down a wrong path! Luke 6:39 “Can the blind lead the blind?” “shall they not both fall into the ditch?” So, Matthew: 15:14 “let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch,” (or into an inferno). And so, 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good,” or 5:15 “follow that which is good!” Man must look for the truth in all things if he really wants to know what God is trying to say to him. 2 Timothy: 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” And, 1 John: 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:” Colossians 2:8 Then “beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world,” 2 Corinthians: 4:2 “handling the word of God deceitfully.” Than 3:2 “set your affection on things above not on things on the earth,” 2 Timothy 1:13 and “hold fast the form of sound words;” 1:14 “that good thing which was committed unto thee keep, 2:7 and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” So, John: 5:39 “Search the scriptures;” Mark: 4:24 “Take heed what ye hear, with what measure ye mete” Galatians: 6:4 “Let every man (than) prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” 6:5 “For every man shall bear his own burden.” “Be not deceived!”
Judaism: Psalms: 100:2 “Serve The LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.” 100:3 “Know ye that The LORD, He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” Isaiah: 63:11 So, “remember the days of old, Moses and his people, saying: where is He that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of His (God’s) flock?” You see, the prophet Moses, was also one of The Creator’s true shepherds, like Jesus was. And, “where is He (God) that put His Holy Spirit within him (Moses); so the spirit of The Creator was also to be found within Moses; like it was in Christ!” 63:12 “That led them by the right hand of Moses with His glorious arm?” Isaiah: For, 53:6 “We like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and (therefore) The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” For, Jeremiah: 50:6 “My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds (the Jewish clergy) have caused them to go astray, (and) they have turned them away.” 23:1 So, “woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! saith The LORD.” For, Job: 37:7 “He (God) sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know His work.” Psalms: 64:9 “And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of His doing.” And, 64:10 “The righteous shall be glad in The LORD, and shall trust in Him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.” Isaiah: 53:6 But, “we like sheep have gone astray; (for) we have turned every one to his own way;” Ezekiel: And Therefore, 34:6 “My sheep wander through all the mountains, and upon every high hill; yea, My flock (is) scattered upon all the face of the earth,” 34:7 “Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of The LORD;” 34:11 “For thus saith The Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search My sheep, and seek them out.” 34:12 “As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out My sheep,” and 34:15 “I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith The Lord GOD.” 34:23 “And I will set up one shepherd over them (all of the sheep or all of mankind), and he (the one shepherd will) feed them;” 34:24 “And I, The LORD, will be their God; (for) I The LORD have spoken it;” 34:25 “And I will make with them a covenant of peace,” 34:31 “And ye My flock, the flock of My pasture, are men, and I Am your God, saith The Lord GOD.”
All of the manifestations are shepherds, and speak by the will of God, as they have from the beginning; and so, all of the religions of God tell us, that God’s manifestations don’t speak by their own will, but they speak what God tells them to say; because God speaks to mankind through the mouths of His prophets. Moses indicates this in Exodus, Exodus: 4:11 “And (I The LORD) said unto him, 4:12 “I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say!” Exodus 4:15 “And I will be with thy mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do!” God was with the mouth of Moses while he was on this earth. Moses didn’t speak for himself but spoke that which God told him to speak. Numbers 16:28 “And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that The LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.” Deuteronomy: 4:13 “And He declared unto you His covenant, 4:14 And The LORD commanded me.” Moses was just one of many prophets and prophesied that God would raise up a prophet like him and that God would put the words into his mouth as well. Deuteronomy And, 18:15 “The LORD thy God will raise up a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 18:18 For, “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.”
Jeremiah: 9:6 But, “thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; (and) through deceit they refuse to know Me, saith The LORD.” 8:9 Because, “the wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed: lo, they have rejected the word of The LORD; and (what wisdom is in them), (The true spiritual, symbolic nature of The message found within The Creator’s Holy Words)?“ Hosea 12:9 For, “I That Am The Lord thy God, I have spoken by the prophets (The Manifestations and The Divine Teachers of the world), and I have multiplied visions and used similitude’s, by the ministry of the prophets.” 4 Ezra (The Apocrypha), 6:38 For, “O Lord, thou spakest from the beginning of the creation,” (by the mouth of all of the holy prophets). Zechariah 7:11 “But they (men) have refused to hearken (unto My voice) that they should not hear ~ the law and the words which The LORD of Hosts hath sent in His spirit by the former prophets of The LORD of Hosts.” And so, Zechariah 7:7 “Should ye not hear the words which The LORD hath cried by the former prophets (Messengers Manifestations Holy Ones)?” 28:10 “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” and, 28:11 “yet they would not hear.” 29:13 “Wherefore The Lord said, forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and (their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men):” Jeremiah 9:16 “For (the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed),” 9:17 “for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly.” Hosea 6:5 “Therefore, have I hewed them by the prophets (and) have slain them by the words of My mouth, (the spirit within The Creator’s Holy Words).” So, Exodus: 5:9 “Let them (men) (not regard vain words), (but seek out the truth within the words).” Malachi 2:7 “For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of The LORD of Hosts.” 2:8 “But ye are departed out of the way (and) ye have caused many to stumble at the law (and) ye have corrupted the covenant, saith The LORD of Hosts (and) ye have not kept My ways, but have been partial in the law!” For, 14:15 “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.” 15:14 Because, “the heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.” Proverbs: 1:20 For “wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets;” So, Isaiah: 34:16 “Seek ye out the book of The LORD, and read.” And than, Lamentations: 3:40 “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to The LORD.” 2 Chronicles: 6:17 Then, “O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified.” And so, Deuteronomy: 27:26 “Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words.” Then, Proverbs: 1:23 “Turn you at my reproof; behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, (and) I will make known my words unto you.” Than, Leviticus: 19:18 “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” And, 19:34 “the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.” Deuteronomy: 10:19 “Love ye therefore the stranger!”
Islam: “The Prophet said, ‘Allah did not send any prophet but who shepherded sheep.’” “There was no prophet, who was not a shepherd.” For, “there has been no prophet but has shepherded them,” and 8 “who are shepherds of their pledge and their covenant.” “From among my followers there will be some people who will stay near the side of a mountain and in the evening their shepherd (the manifestation or messenger) will come to them ~ but they will say to him, ‘return to us tomorrow.’ Than, Allah will destroy them during the night and will let the mountain fall on them,” for “your Lord delights at A Shepherd who, call to prayer and performs the prayers, in awe of Me.” And, 21. “Ye have indeed, in the Messenger of Allah, a beautiful pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah.” For, 21. “Allah has decreed: I and My Messenger must prevail. For Allah is One Who is full of strength and able to enforce His Will.” So therefore, 63. “Deem not the summons of the Messenger among yourselves like the summons of one of you to another;” for “whatsoever is loftiest in heaven and earth is He to be likened; and He is the Mighty, the Wise!” “For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with a spirit from Himself.” “They are — of Allah, (like Allah).” For the, 67. “Messenger, proclaim the (Message) which hath been sent to thee from thy Lord.” 117. “Never said I to them aught except what Thou didst command me to say,” So, 50. “I tell you not that with me are the treasures of Allah, nor do I know what is hidden, nor do I tell you I am an angel. I but follow what is revealed to me.’ Say: ‘Can the blind be held equal to the seeing?’ Will ye then consider not?” 205 “And do thou (O Muhammad) remember thy Lord within thyself?” So, “remember thy Lord within thyself.” For, 101. “When We substitute one revelation for another, and Allah knows best what He reveals (in stages),” 102. “the Holy Spirit has brought the revelation from thy Lord in truth, in order to strengthen those who believe, and as a guide and Glad Tidings,” 123. “So We have taught thee the inspired (message),” “So We inspired him (with the message).” And so to, 121. “Those to whom We have sent the book study it as it should be studied!” Because, 9. “We have, without (any) doubt, sent down the Message (to the) Messengers before thee, amongst the religious sects of old:” 68. “Do they not ponder over the Word of (Allah/God), or has anything (new) come to them that did not come to their fathers of old?” 1. For “these are the symbols or (the spiritual, symbolic verses), of the Perspicuous Book. We have sent it down, as an Arabic Qur’án, in order that ye may learn (true) wisdom.” 7. “Verily in it are Signs for Seekers (after The Truth),” 121. “so judge between them by what Allah (God) hath revealed, and follow not vain desires, diverging from the truth that hath come to thee.” It is, “The Holy Spirit that has brought the revelation from, Thy Lord in truth, in order to strengthen those who believe, and as a true guide and Glad Tidings.” You see, 84. “The Spirit (of the word cometh) by the command of my Lord of knowledge; it is only a little (of it) that is communicated to you, (O men)!” 34. For, “Allah doth guide whom He will to His (true spiritual light), (for), Allah doth set forth Parables (hidden meanings; messages of the spirit), for men to follow; and Allah doth know all things.” And, 193. “with it (the word), came down the Spirit of Faith and Truth — to thy heart and mind.” “Without a doubt, it is (announced) in The Mystic, Books of the former peoples,” 11. “and on Allah let all men – put their trust.” “It is those who believe not in the Signs of Allah (His true message and teachings), that forge falsehood; it is they who lie!” “All this is because, they love the life of this world, better than the Hereafter; and they take no heed.” 77. “Know they not that Allah knoweth what-so-ever they conceal, and what they reveal?” 78. “And there are among them (people) who know not the Book but (see therein their own) desires, and they do nothing, but conjecture.” 79. “Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands and then say: ‘This is from Allah,’ to traffic with it for a miserable price! Woe to them for what their hands do write,” 59. “the transgressors changed the word from that which had been given them,” 174. “they conceal Allah‘s revelations in the Book, and purchase for them a miserable profit.” 78. “There is among them a section who distort the Book with their tongues; you would think it is a part of the Book, but it is no part of the Book; and they say, ‘That is from Allah,’ but it is not from Allah: it is they who tell a lie against Allah, and (well) they know it!” 13. “They change the words from their (right) places and forget a good part of the Message that was sent them, ever bent on (new) deceits.” So then, “see how We explain the Signs of (Allah), by various (spiritual symbols): Yet they, (the people), turn aside.” 94. “O ye who believe in the Cause of Allah (God), Investigate Carefully, (LOOK and STUDY into the teachings of Allah/God, for yourselves, for these) are the ones that believe therein; those who reject faith therein, the loss is their own.” For, 7. “He it is Who hath sent down to thee The Book, in it are verses basic and fundamental, (while) others are allegorical (symbolic, mystic, and of the spirit),” with “hidden meanings and (spiritual understandings), but no one knows all of its hidden meanings and understandings, except Allah.” For, 60. “The truth (comes) from Allah (God) alone; so be not of those who doubt.” For, 23. “Allah has revealed (from time to time) the most beautiful Message in the form of a Book, consistent with itself, (yet) repeating (its teaching in various aspects)” 106. “None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar; knowest thou not that Allah hath power over all things?” 20. “And the messengers whom We sent before thee were all (men) who ate food and walked through the streets. We have made some of you as a trial for others; will ye have patience? 51. For, “It is not fitting for a man that Allah should speak to him except by inspiration from behind a veil, or by the sending of a Messenger to reveal, with Allah‘s permission, what Allah wills;” 52. “And thus have We, by Our command, sent inspiration to thee (O Muhammad); thou knowest not what was Revelation, and what was Faith; but We have made it a Light, wherewith We guide such of Our servants as We will; and verily thou dost guide (men) to the Straight Way; 136. “O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and the scripture which He hath sent to His Messenger and the scripture which He sent to those before (him, to all the other messengers or manifestations)!” So, 152. “To those who believe in Allah and His Messengers and make no distinction between any of the Messengers, We shall soon give their (due) rewards: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” For you see, 136. “We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord.” 3. “It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus), before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the Criterion (between right and wrong).” “144. “Muhammad is no more than a Messenger, and many were the Messengers that passed away before him.” And so, “You should be a source of comfort, love and respect.” For, 10. “The believers (all of the believers in Allah/God), are (truly) but a single Brotherhood: So (than) make peace and reconciliation between your brothers: And fear Allah, that ye may receive Mercy.” For “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘You see the believers (everybody that believes in a Creator), as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever with it.”’ (The Qur’an (Pickthall tr), Suras 16, 23 (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 16, 23, 24, 25, 33, 42, 49, 58, (Rodwell tr), Sura 30, Hadith, Bukhari Vol 3, Book 36, # 463, Vol 4, Book 55, # 618, Vol 5, Book 57, # 39, Vol 7, Book 65, # 364 and Book 69, # 494, Vol 8, Book 73 # 40 and Qudsi 7 and Ali b. Abi Taalib, Letters from Nahjul Balaagh)
Zoroastrianism: 1. “Zarathushtra asked Ahura Mazda: O Ahura Mazda, most Beneficent Spirit, Maker of the material world, Thou Holy One! Who was the first (manifestation, messenger, prophet), before myself, Zarathushtra (Zoroaster), with whom Thou, Ahura Mazda (God), didst converse, whom thou didst teach the Religion of Ahura, the Religion of Zarathushtra?” 2. And “Ahura Mazda answered: The fair Yima the good shepherd, O holy Zarathushtra! He was the first (mortal, manifestation, prophet), before thee, Zarathushtra, with whom I, Ahura Mazda, did converse, whom I taught the Religion of Ahura, the Religion of Zarathushtra.” 3 “Unto him, O Zarathushtra, I, Ahura Mazda, spake, saying: be thou the preacher and the bearer of My Religion!” For it, “(O Zoroaster) is through the strength of the shepherd that the (shepherd) dog leads the sheep.” And so, “O Zarathushtra, I, Ahura Mazda, spake, Saying be thou the bearer of my Religion!” So we can all clearly see that, 5. “Ahura Mazda taught Zarathushtra at discussions, at meetings, at which Mazda and Zarathushtra conversed.” 6. So than, “as Ahura Mazda taught Zarathushtra at all of their discussions, at all meetings, at which Mazda and Zarathushtra conversed.” 10. It was “Ahura Mazda (that) showed before to him; and Zarathushtra (than) taught the corporeal world (the men of the world)!” “He, (Zoroaster), himself was taught (the law, the holy teachings) by Ahura Mazda, The Holy One,” Ahura/God talked through Zoroaster and taught him what he should say, and do and teach.” For, 1. “to Thee, O Ahura Mazda (God) I (am) to thee, O Zarathushtra, we do the same; and to Thee, O Lofty Lord;” here again, we see that Zoroaster is within Ahura and that Ahura is to be found within Zoroaster as-well. So, 3. “we worship the former religions of the world devoted to righteousness which were instituted at the creation, the holy religions of the Creator, Ahura Mazda, the Resplendent and Glorious.” 3. So, “we worship the former religions of the world devoted to Righteousness which were instituted at the creation, the holy religions of the Creator Ahura Mazda, the resplendent and glorious.” And, 2. “If by reason of these things the better path is not in sight for choosing, then will I come to you all as judge of the parties twain whom Ahura Mazda knoweth, that we may live according to the Right.” For, “the busy world is apt to forget the most important lessons of life so The Merciful Mazda sends (His) prophets now and then to remind men of their highest destiny.” Because “Ahura Mazda is not unmindful of His creatures and sends a prophet to every nation and people. He had already said that the religion taught by all the prophets are one in all essential points.” So, “Zarathustra proceeds to announce the great truths that he had learned from Ahura Mazda.” For, “God speaks through His prophets.”
For, “The path, O Ahura, which You told me to be of conscience, and which happens to be the religion of all of the prophets, and which, by good deeds promotes rectitude, and which brings to the righteous, recompense of which You are the giver; so the way of all the saints (saoshyants) may be said to be only one.” “For in essential matters, there is no difference between one prophet and another. In as much as the same God is worshiped everywhere.” For “all of them are different phases of the same religion.” And so “if one disbelieves in the spiritual experience of the prophet he deprives himself of the (true) means of salvation.” “The gospel of the prophet enables one to have a glimpse of His Spirit. All of the prophets teach the same truth. The lamps are different, but the flame is the same.” So than, “In all essential matters there is no difference between one prophet and another.” And so again We worship the former religions of the world devoted to righteousness which were instituted at the creation; the holy religions of The Creator Ahura Mazda (God), The Resplendent and The Glorious.” For, “God, in order to give joy to the good creation, had, from the beginning of the world, created, in pure and luminous essence, The Holy Zartosht (Spitaman pure spirit, Spitama Zarathustra) as an associate of the Amaha-spands, endowed with all their good qualities, thoughtful, and fully attentive. And his essence was made in the Spiritual World fitted for (the task of) proselytism, and of propagating the religion through out the world. And at the right time he was sent down to the world as a man, invested with the earthly body. At that time (i.e. when the pure Spirit of Zartosht entered this tenement of clay, the human body).” So, 14. The “righteous man is thy friend for the great covenant, and the friend of the covenant!” But, “the thieves and robbers, of the Zandas, and the sorcerers, the covenant breakers; (are) those who tamper with the covenants!” So, 11. “I would thereby preserve Right and Good Thought for evermore, that I may instruct, do thou teach me, O Mazda Ahura, from thy spirit by thy mouth how it will be with the First Life.”
So, “hear the best with your ears, and discern by pure mind. Choose the ought, man by man (every man), for his own self.” For, “one should rely on his own conviction, and not allow himself to be drifted by the opinions of others.” For, 31. “this Our word, (Our spiritual message), I have proclaimed as a symbol, (The True, Spiritual, Word of Ahura), to be (discovered) and learned, and to be recited, as it were, to every one of the beings under the influence of, and for the sake of Righteousness, The Best!” So than, 2. “Hear with your (own) ears, the best things and look upon them, with clear-seeing thought for decision each man for himself.” 11. For, “this Our word I have proclaimed (to thee) as a symbol to be learned.” “These are words of spirit, Ahura Mazda, (God) declared to me; and this Our word, I have proclaimed as a symbol, (The Spiritual, Word), to be discovered and learned, and to be recited, as it were, to everyone.” “And we worship then, every Holy Spiritual Yazad;” The Gathas, “this our spiritual food, yea, which (may) be to our very souls both food and clothing, for such are these Gathas to us, guardians, and defenders, and (spiritual) food, even such they are, both food and clothing to the soul.” And so, “from This True Spirit have the liars fallen away,” “whoso, O Mazda, makes his thought (now) better, (now) worse, and likewise his self, by action, and by word, follows his own inclinations, wishes, and choices, he shall in thy purpose be in a separate place at last.” “These words of my spirit I wail unto you, O Mazda, and to the Right.”
And so, “Maha Ratu Zarathustra enjoins love for the whole of mankind. One who does not love man, does not really love God. It should be realized that one soul resides in all. Thus one should be a friend to everyone. This social service, which is the concrete of the life of the individual, is not to be confined to any particular country but should extend throughout the world to the whole of humanity.” “God is all love and his loving presence may be felt everywhere.” “Brotherhood of man, is the idea that appealed to Him (Mazda) most. And that is the only meaning of the Service of the soul of the world.” “For if God is the one Father of all men then all men are equal.” For, “love attracts, while fear repels.” “Thus love is the principle of unity, unity with God and unity with men.” “When men love and help one another to the best of their power they derive the greatest pleasure from loving their fellow-men.” “The religion of the Gatha is the religion of love, and Mazda is the friend of men.” (Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasnas 12, 16, 19, 28, 31, 46, 61, 65 Vendidad, Khorda Avesta – Book of Common Prayer pt. 1 # 21, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 86, 314 thru 316, 468, 473, 500, 507, 547, 548, 549, 550, 651, 769, 834 and The Denkard)
Hinduism: “Krishna The Divine ~ charioteer:” “Live and thrive a hundred autumns; Agni shall be thy most excellent shepherd and overseer!“ “like a herdsman, thou by thine own might rulest o’er all that is in heaven and on the earth;” “Krishna. Learn now, dear Prince! how, if thy soul be set Ever on Me making Me thy Refuge- thou shalt come Most surely unto perfect hold of Me. I will declare to thee that utmost lore.” “Those know Me BRAHMA: know Me Soul of Souls, The ADHYATMAN: know KARMA, my work; Know I am ADHIBHUTA, Lord of Life, and ADHIDAIVA, Lord of all the Gods, and ADHIYAJNA, Lord of Sacrifice; Worship Me well, with hearts of love and faith, And find and hold Me in the hour of death.” 9 “Fulfill, ye twain, His work, the Great, the Ancient: as heavenly blessing keep your guard around us. whose voice is like a herdsman’s.” “he surveyeth the worlds and living creatures like a herdsman.” 3 “Let them return to us again: under this herdsman let them feed. 4 “I call upon their herdsman, him who knoweth well their coming nigh, Their parting and their home-return, and watcheth their approach and rest.” 5 “Yea, let the herdsman, too, return, who marketh well their driving-forth; Marketh their wandering away, their turning back and coming home.” 6 “We know the good we gain from him the Mighty One when we attract him as a herdsman calls the kine.” 2 “I come appointed messenger he shall be made the herdsman of Our cattle.” Therefore, 20. “We speak here to all the gods that hold to their covenant, agreements, to promote the order,” but, 9 “Men who lead evil lives, who break agreements, the covenant injure.”
So, “Krishna, Yea! I loved thee well, The secret countenance of Me, Shining, and wonderful, and majestic, manifold, Which none save thou in all the years had favour to behold; For not by Vedas cometh this nor sacrifice nor alms Nor works well-done nor penance long nor prayers, nor chanted psalms that mortal eyes should bear to view the Immortal Soul unclad, prince of the Kurus! This was kept for thee alone! Be glad! Let no more trouble shake thy heart, because thine eyes have seen My terror with My glory;” Arjuna, Krishna, I BRAHMA Am! The One Eternal GOD, And ADHYATMAN is My Being’s name, The Soul of Souls! What goeth forth from Me, Causing all life to live, is KARMA called: And, Manifested in divided forms, I am the ADHIBHUTA, Lord of Lives; And ADHIDAIVA, Lord of all the Gods, Because I am PURUSHA, who who begets. And ADHIYAJNA, Lord of Sacrifice, I- speaking with thee in this body here- Am, thou embodied one! (for all the shrines Flame unto Me!) And, at the hour of death, He that hath meditated Me alone, In putting off his flesh, comes forth to Me, Enters into My Being- doubt thou not! But, if he meditated otherwise At hour of death, in putting off the flesh, He goes to what he looked for, Kunti’s Son! Because the Soul is fashioned to its like.” For, “His (God/Brahma’s) manifestations have been declared.” “Manifestations of the Brahma-light.” “As I before have been So will I be again for thee; with lightened heart behold! Once more I am thy Krishna, the form thou knew’st of old! Sanjaya. These words to Arjuna spake Vasudev, and straight did take Back again the semblance dear Of the well-loved charioteer; Peace and joy it did restore When the Prince beheld once more Mighty BRAHMA‘S form and face Clothed in Krishna‘s gentle grace.” “O Krishna, Lord of Yoga! surely there shall not fail Blessing, and victory, and power, for Thy most mighty sake, Where this song comes of Arjun, and how with God he spake.” For, “From the beginning it was I (Brahma, Vishnu) who taught Krishna.” “Whatever words I (Krishna) speak, dependent on Thee .”
So, 17. “Let him avoid all (means of acquiring) wealth, which impede the study of the Veda; and let him maintain himself (and) study (the teachings), because that (devotion to the Veda-study secures) the realization of his aims.” And so, 218. “As the man digs with a spade (into the ground), obtains water, even so the obedient, pupil who digs into the word obtains the knowledge and true spiritual understanding, of that which lies hidden (within Brahma’s Holy words);” “Nor must we forget that oral tradition, is not without its dangers, many a word may have been misunderstood, many a sentence confused, as it was told.” “We must remember that those who handed down the ancestral treasures of ancient wisdom, would often feel inclined to add what seemed useful to themselves, to be handed down.” Therefore, “I come, and go, and come; When Righteousness Declines, O Bharata! When Wickedness Is Strong, I rise, from age to age, and take Visible Shape, and Move A Man With Men, Succoring The Good, Thrusting The Evil Back, and Setting Virtue on Her Seat Again.” “As I before have been, So will I be again for thee; with lightened heart behold! Once more I am thy Krishna, the form thou knew’st of old! (hence the creation of the other religions found within the world).” And so, “the hidden truths of religion are embalmed within The Ancient Upanishads.” “Whoso worship me, Them I exalt; but all men everywhere Shall fall into My path.” And so, it is one religion that is actually found throughout the world and not many, as most people believe; So, 6. “Show love and kindness here below.” “Who doeth all for Me; who findeth Me In all; adoreth always; loveth all Which I have made, and Me, for Love’s sole end.” “Fourfold are our human duties: first to study holy lore, Then to live as good householders, feed the hungry at our door, Then to pass our clays in penance, last to fix our thoughts above, But the final goal of virtue, it is Truth and deathless Love!” For, 9. “Men seek Thee as a Father with their prayers, win Thee, bright-formed, to brotherhood with holy act.” So, “speaketh out for brotherhood.” (Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 18 Vedas, Rig Veda – Books 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 10 and Upanishads vol. 1 and 2, Maitrayana-Brahmaya-Upanishad and The Mababharata)
Buddhism: “Brahma (God) has not been seen by man face to face the Buddha tells us. God is in a spiritual form not a material corporal form;” and He speaks through The Buddha, his image in this world of mankind, who than performs “the duties of (the) messenger,” “The manifestation,” (Buddhist Dharma, TEVIGGA SUTTA and The Eightfold Path) But, “A truly thoroughbred man (a Buddha, a manifestation, a messenger, a prophet) is hard to find. He is not born anywhere, but where that seer is born, the people prosper. Happy is the attainment of Buddhahood, happy the teaching of the true Teaching, happy is the concord of the Sangha, happy the training of those in concord.” But, “I am not the first Buddha who came upon the earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time another Buddha will arise; He shall reveal to you the same eternal truths which I have taught you. He will preach to you His religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at the climax and glorious at the goal, in the spirit and in the letter.” [Sermon of the Great Passing). For, “All the Buddhas of the past, present and future, are of one sameness.” “The Lord Buddha continued: (through) Numberless ages ago, Subhuti, before the advent of Dipankara Buddha, there were many other Buddhas and I recall my difficult experiences while serving them and receiving their religious instruction and discipline.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra and Diamond Sutra) So, “He who takes refuge in The Buddha, the Dhamma and the Saõgha Sees with wisdom.” “Such indeed is a refuge secure, Such indeed is a refuge supreme. To such a refuge, (a saviour) should one go; One is released from all sorrow.” But again, 20. “Making the effort is your affair. The Buddhas have pointed out the Way.” So, 18. “Make yourself an island; work hard; be wise. When your impurities are purged and you are free from guilt, you will enter into the heavenly world.” (God, Brahma, through His shepherd Buddha, is telling man if you live by the right path then you will enter heaven, through God’s eternal covenant with humanity, Who promises us our redemption). For, “I (God) Am known by uncounted trillions of names. They address Me by different names not realizing that they are all names of the one Tathagata. Some recognize Me as Tathagata, some as The Self-Existent One, some as Gautama the Ascetic, some as Buddha. Then there are others who recognize Me as Brahma, as Vishnu. Thus in this world and in other worlds am I known by these uncounted names, but they all see Me as the moon is seen in water. Though they all honor, praise, (revere) and esteem Me, they do not fully understand the meaning and significance of the words they use; not having their own self-realization of Truth they cling to the words of their canonical books, or to what has been told them, or to what they have imagined, and fail to see that the name they are using is only one of the many names of the Tathagata.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra) So, “When all lesser things and ideas are transcended and forgotten, and there remains only a perfect state of imagelessness where Tathagata and Tathata are merged into perfect Oneness, then the Buddhas will come together from all their Buddha-lands and with shining hands resting on his forehead will welcome a new Tathagata.” “Among all the Buddhas there is a sameness of Buddha-nature, there is no distinction among them except as they manifest various transformations according to the different dispositions of beings who are to be disciplined and emancipated by various means. In the Ultimate Essence which is Dharmakaya, all the Buddhas of the past, present and future, are of one sameness.” “The self-realization of Noble Wisdom by all the Tathagatas is the same as my own self-realization of Noble Wisdom; there is no more, no less, no difference.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra) For, “All the Buddhas past present and future having obtained Highest Samadhi awake to find themselves realizing Parjna-Paramita (the transcendent truth). Therefore everyone should seek the self realization of Parjna-Paramita the unsurpassable truth that ends all pain, that spans the troubled ocean of life and death, safely carrying all to the other shore of enlightenment.” (Buddha, Parjna Paramita)
So, “(Give) devout attention to the teaching(s) of the Blessed One.” “Study the words for yourself.” for, “to hear the true spiritual teaching of the Buddha, is difficult.” And, “the meaning of the Blessed One’s (Buddha’s) discourses, He has no (real, absolute) system of doctrine that can be specifically formulated. And why is this? Because of, what the Blessed One adumbrates (gives partial disclosure, or hints at) in the terms of the Dharma which is, in reality, inscrutable and inexpressible, with the true message being of a purely spiritual concept.” So, “not to speak harshly and not to harm others, this is a spiritual teaching of the Buddhas.” For again, “I am not the first Buddha who came upon (this) earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time another Buddha will arise…. He shall reveal to you the same eternal truths which I have taught you. (The same essential teaching The Creator is continually teaching to all of mankind). He will preach to you His religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at the climax and glorious at the goal, in the spirit and in the letter, (so again we are being informed by yet another one of The Creators holy ones, of the formation of The other holy religions of The Creator on this earth, by a continual message being sent to all mankind, by various divine prophets, messengers, manifestations and divine teachers, from all around the world; being sent to us from The Creator Himself).” So again we, as in all of us, need to look into God’s holy writings for ourselves, because: “There are common heretics Of this world who teach amongst humans what is not true. You will be beset by these heretics on every hand within and without. There will be plenty of these heretics about hiding themselves in the very personalities of the saints, the better to carry out their deceitful tricks on the un- weary persons.” For, “The memory-habit of erroneous intellection will ever cling to them. To make the matter worse, the simple-minded ones, poisoned by this erroneous view, will declare this incorrect way of thinking taught by the ignorant, to be the same as that presented by the All-knowing One.”(Buddhism, The Eightfold path, Buddha, Surangama Sutra)
And so it must always be remembered that, 25. “one is one’s own guard, what other guard could one have?“ For, “one is one’s own destiny (your actions in this life lead to your own salvation; no one else can do that for you)!” 20. So, “you yourself, should make (the) effort, for The Buddhas have only pointed out the way (the true effort is still on your part).” So “study the words for yourself!” So, “The true Samana who is seeking the way to Brahma, let him have thoughts of love everywhere throughout the whole world pervading with thoughts of love far reaching, beyond measure, all embracing. Regard all with mind set free and filled with deep felt love. this is the way to a state of union with Brahma. Be filled with thoughts of pity, sympathy and equanimity far reaching beyond measure all embracing even for all things that have form or life with deep felt pity, sympathy and equanimity not one is set aside.” (Buddha, Tevigga Sutra) “The virtuous man pervades all directions.” “He has cast away ill-will; he dwells with a heart free from ill-will; cherishing love and compassion toward all living beings.” (The Eightfold Path and Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1, 2 and 3 (tr. J. Richards))
Sabeanism: “Thou wast in existence before all.” “In the name of The Life! I worship The First Life. Thou art immeasurable, infinite and (for-ever).” “Arise, worship and praise The Great Life (Haiyi/God) .” “I worship and praise that channel of light, The messenger of all rays-of-light.” (The manifestation of God on this earth) “In the Name of The Great Life. Vines shone in the water And in the Jordan mighty they grew.” “Ye are flourishing offshoots. Messengers hither I bring you.” “Establishing Your likeness and giving us light, Let your radiance shine upon us.” “And it was revealed to me (His messenger) and to all of them in this book, and they acted upon this reliable baser acting according to this (its) light and removing nothing from this writing of great revelation that was given to Adam the first man.” “And Thou hast spoken to us with Thy Word And hast commanded us with Thy commandment – Be My glory and I will be your Glory. Be my light and I will be your Light. And my name shall be in your mouths And I will be with you.” “Thou art He who over-throwest (false) gods in their high-places And bringest reproach on the divinity of (false) deities.” This is the agreement, or covenant God has with Adam. God has manifestations, messengers, who are His image and counterpart in this life on this world, but God Himself will never take on the imperfect shape of an earthly human; He is to grand and magnificent to become a mere mortal human. “Arise, worship and praise The Great Life And praise His Counter-part, that is the image of the Life.” “I worship and praise that channel of light, The messenger of all rays-of-light (The manifestation of God on this earth). Every day, daily, they (plural) gaze on His likeness And upon the great Countenance of Glory.” So, “Thou, my lord Manda-d-Hiia, art blessed and praised And thy praise is established (on high). This is prayer and praise which came to them (plural) from The great place of Light and the everlasting Abode.” “We have acknowledged,’ ‘Praises,’ and ‘Thee (Life)’ for Myself so that there may be commemoration for Me on earth.” So, “to you (people) do I call and (to you) do I teach; Men who have received the sign. Hearken not to the talk of all people and generations; and let not their stumblings: (doctrines, dogmas, theologies and traditions), cause you to stumble, stumble not because of their stumblings, (rantings and ravings)!” “If thou readest (the holy word and teachings), read it as it is written, and be careful and make inquiry, into the word of Haiyi (God).” For, “My chosen ones, ye sought and ye have found, moreover ye shall seek and ye shall find. Ye sought and ye have found, My chosen ones, even as the first (souls), sought and found.” “Not through coercion; but by true self investigation.” “The first (generations) sought and found: and let those that come after seek, and they will find. Seek and find for yourselves, for your eyes shall not turn away from Me unsatisfied.” Here Adam himself, hints at the coming of more prophets and more revelations that will be coming to mankind from The Creator; the other religions of God! So, “be careful; and make inquiry, display kindness, and show forth love and compassion,” For, “(the spirit of the Word of Haiyi/God), falleth on the dead man, (the spiritually dead man) and he liveth again: on the sick man and he stretcheth himself out and is well; on the blind man, (the spiritually blind man) and (his eyes) are opened up and he sees; on the deaf man and hearing: (spiritual hearing), is bestowed, and wisdom, and perception are infused into his soul.” For, “the one who partaketh of this bread pihta (the True spiritual living word of Haiyi/God), put out (for him), will be truly sinless in the Place of Light, the Everlasting Abode.” So, “pour out wisdom into my heart! – and open up the eyes of my True, Spiritual Understanding!” “Wreath is light, its weapon is the true living (spiritual) word of (Haiyi/God), and its seal the chosen, pure one (the manifestation of God). Every man who openeth it, (the spiritual word) and readeth (the book and teachings) therein, shall live and shall be whole, and his name will be set up in The House of Life (heaven), in the name of The Great Sublime Life (GOD), from the worlds (of light?).” So than, “Lord of The Mystic (Spiritual) Books of Truth, Lord of The ‘Letters-of-Truth’ “The name of The Life (Haiyi/God) For again, “every man who openeth it, (the spiritual word) and readeth the book and teachings therein, shall live and shall be whole, and his name will be set up in The House of Life (heaven), in the name of The Great Sublime Life (GOD), from the worlds of light.” This is His words, His covenant that He has made with His followers. So, “Diffuse Thy light over all who love.” For Thy sake do we love all that liveth, humanity is one in love;” than, “Praise Thee, for amongst them all hatred, Envy and dissensions exist not.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 35, 75, 76, 77, 114 thru 116, 177 and 382)
THE BAB: “FEAR ye God and breathe not a word concerning His Most Great Remembrance other than what hath been ordained by God, inasmuch as We have established a separate covenant regarding Him with every Prophet and His followers. Indeed, We have not sent any Messenger without this binding covenant.” “The Lord of the universe hath never raised up a prophet nor hath He sent down a Book unless He hath established His covenant with all men, calling for their acceptance of the next Revelation and of the next Book; inasmuch as the outpourings of His bounty are ceaseless and without limit.” “Thus is divine revelation inaugurated in each Dispensation at Our behest. We are truly The Supreme Ruler. Indeed no religion shall We ever inaugurate unless it be renewed in the days to come. This is a promise We solemnly have made. Verily, We are supreme over all things.” “Verily He doth exercise undisputed authority over His revelations unto all mankind.” “Thus, according to the Shaykh, as God’s essence was totally beyond the reach and comprehension of man, it was necessary for there to be intermediaries in order for man to gain access to any of the divine attributes and teachings. These intermediaries, themselves in their essence neither God nor men, were the prophets.” “Only through the intermediary of the Manifestation of God, who manifested God‘s attributes to mankind, could the believer approach the object of his religious quest. Of these Manifestations, who included, amongst others, Abraham, Zoroaster, Moses, Christ, Muhammad and the Báb; Bahá’u’lláh was the latest, the point of religious focus for all humanity in this new age.” “O concourse of light! By the righteousness of God, We speak not according to selfish desire, nor hath a single letter of this Book been revealed save by the leave of God, the Sovereign Truth. “Not I speak these words, but God speaketh them.” So, “Fear ye God and entertain no doubts regarding His Cause, for verily, the Mystery of this Gate is shrouded in the mystic utterances of His Writ and hath been written beyond the impenetrable veil of concealment by the hand of God, the Lord of the visible and the invisible.” “THERE is no doubt that the Almighty hath sent down these verses unto Him.” [The Bab] “When the verses of this Book are recited to the infidels they say: Give us a book like the Qur’án and make changes in the verses. Say: ‘God hath not given Me that I should change them at My pleasure.’ I follow only what is revealed unto me. Verily, I shall fear My Lord on the Day of Separation, whose advent He hath, in very truth, irrevocably ordained.” Therefore, “TAKE heed to carefully consider the words of every soul, then hold fast to the proofs which attest the truth.” For, “The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion.” “WHENEVER the faithful hear the verses of this Book being recited, their eyes will overflow with tears and their hearts will be deeply touched by Him Who is the Most Great Remembrance for the love they cherish for God, the All-Praised. He is God, the All-Knowing, the Eternal. They are indeed the inmates of the all-highest Paradise wherein they will abide for ever.” “Love, (is) the mainspring of every energy, tolerance towards each other, desire of understanding each other, knowing each other, helping each other, forgiving each other.” “Verily I am none other but the servant of God and His Word, and none but the first one to bow down in supplication before God, the Most Exalted; and indeed God witnesseth all things.” “Refresh my heart, O my God, with the living waters of Thy love and give me a draught, O my Master, from the chalice of Thy tender mercy,” and let, “God‘s all-encompassing love and protection surround them.” It was for words such as these that people, “renounced the world and flocked to his (the Bab’s) standard, a standard which is but a symbol of their Faith.” For it was “the Qá’im Himself (The Bab), who (was) their Shepherd.”
“Know thou that every ear which hearkeneth unto His Words with true faith shall be immune from the fire. Thus the believer, through his recognition of Him will appreciate the transcendent character of His heavenly Words, will whole-heartedly choose Him over others, and will refuse to incline his affections towards those who disbelieve in Him. Whatever one gaineth in the life to come is but the fruit of this faith. Indeed any man whose eye gazeth upon His Words with true faith well deserveth Paradise; and one whose conscience beareth witness unto His Words with true faith shall abide in Paradise and attain the presence of God; and one whose tongue giveth utterance to His Words with true faith shall have his abode in Paradise, wherein he will be seized with ecstasy in praise and glorification of God, the Ever-Abiding, Whose revelations of glory never end and the reviving breaths of Whose holiness never fail.” “O LORD! Enable all the people, of the earth, to gain admittance into the Paradise of Thy Faith; so that no created being may remain beyond the bounds of Thy good-pleasure.”
“Every hand which setteth down His Words with true faith shall be filled by God, both in this world and in the next, with things that are highly prized; and every breast which committeth His Words to memory, God shall cause, if it were that of a believer, to be filled with His love; and every heart which cherisheth the love of His Words and manifesteth in itself the signs of true faith when His Name is mentioned, and exemplifieth the words, ‘their hearts are thrilled with awe at the mention of God, that heart will become the object of the glances of divine favour and on the Day of Resurrection will be highly praised by God.” So, “Love (again, is) the mainspring of every energy, tolerance towards each other, desire of understanding each other, knowing each other, helping each other, forgiving each other.” “To each you will convey the expression of My love and tender affection. You will strive to inflame their hearts anew with the fire of the love of the Beauty of God; a flock the different members of which love each other so bitterly.” “He hath cherished and will ever cherish the desire that all men may attain His gardens of Paradise with utmost love, that no one should sadden another, not even for a moment!” For, All are but Thy servants and are held within Thy grasp.” (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 33, 45, 57, 60, 62, 66, 75, 80, 86, 98, 133, 178, 191, 208, The Dawn-Breakers, pp. 197, 260, 406, 463, 663, Peter Smith, The Babi & Baha’i Religions, pp. 11, 73) (Moojan Momen, The Babi and Baha’i Religions, p. 60 (Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 181)
BAHA’I FAITH: “Among the teachings of His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh is the oneness of the world of humanity; that all human beings are the sheep of God and He is the kind Shepherd. This Shepherd is kind to all the sheep, because He created them all, trained them, provided for them and protected them. There is no doubt that the Shepherd is kind to all the sheep and should there be among these sheep ignorant ones, they must be educated; if there be children, they must be trained until they reach maturity; if there be sick ones, they must be cured. There must be no hatred and enmity, for as by a kind physician these ignorant, sick ones should be treated.” So, “It is evident that the divine prophets have appeared in the world to establish love and agreement among mankind. They have been the shepherds and not the wolves. The shepherd comes forth to gather and lead his flock, and not to disperse them by creating strife. Every divine shepherd has assembled a flock which had formerly been scattered,” “The shepherd is one and all people are of his flock.” And so, “The great ones are from all time in their glorious station; their reality is luminous from the beginning, the reality that causes the qualities of God to appear, but the day of their manifestation is the day when they proclaim themselves of this earth.” “The divine Manifestations since the day of Adam have striven to unite humanity so that all may be accounted as one soul. The function and purpose of a shepherd is to gather and not disperse his flock. The prophets of God have been divine shepherds of humanity. They have established a bond of love and unity among mankind, made scattered peoples one nation and wandering tribes a mighty kingdom. They have laid the foundation of the oneness of God and summoned all to universal peace. All these holy, divine Manifestations are one. They have served one God, promulgated the same truth, founded the same institutions and reflected the same light. Their appearances have been successive and correlated; each one has announced and extolled the one who was to follow and all laid the foundation of reality. They summoned and invited the people to love and made the human world a mirror of the Word of God. Therefore the divine religions they established have one foundation; their teachings, proofs and evidences are one; in name and form they differ but in reality they agree and are the same.” “Each of the Prophets was a mediator through whom God visited and spoke to His people. Jesus was such a mediator, and the Christians have rightly regarded His appearance as a coming of God. In Him they saw the Face of God and through His lips they heard the Voice of God. Bahá’u’lláh tells us that the ‘Coming’ of The Lord of Hosts, the Everlasting Father, the Maker and Redeemer of the World; which, according to all the Prophets, is to take place at ‘the time of the end,’ means no other than His manifestation in a human temple,” “The splendors of the perfections, bounties, and attributes of God shine forth and radiate from the reality of the Perfect Man, that is to say, the Unique One, the universal Manifestation of God. Other beings receive only one ray, but the universal Manifestation is the mirror for this Sun, which appears and becomes manifest in it, with all its perfections, attributes, signs, and wonders.” And so, “I speak naught except at His bidding, and follow not, through the power of God and His might, except His truth. He, verily, shall recompense the truthful.” “This Wronged One speaketh wholly for the sake of God;” “not I speak these words, but God speaketh them.” “The Prophets of God are the Mediators of God. All the Prophets and Messengers have come from One Holy Spirit and bear the Message of God, fitted to the age in which they appear. The One Light is in them and they are One with each other. But the Eternal does not become phenomenal; neither can the phenomenal become Eternal.”
“From the days of Adam until today, the religions of God have been made manifest, one following the other, and each one of them fulfilled its due function, revived mankind, and provided education and enlightenment. They freed the people from the darkness of the world of nature and ushered them into the brightness of the Kingdom. As each succeeding Faith and Law became revealed it remained for some centuries a richly fruitful tree and to it was committed the happiness of humankind. However, as the centuries rolled by, it (religion) aged, it flourished no more and put forth no fruit, wherefore was it then made young again,” by the coming of the new manifestation.
“The religion of God is one religion, but it must ever be renewed. Moses, for example, was sent forth to man and He established a Law, and the Children of Israel, through that Mosaic Law, were delivered out of their ignorance and came into the light; they were lifted up from their abjectness and attained to a glory that fadeth not. Still, as the long years wore on, that radiance passed by, that splendour set, that bright day turned to night; and once that night grew triply dark, the star of the Messiah dawned, so that again a glory lit the world.”
You see, “the power of the Covenant will protect (and will establish humanities further development)!” “The Holy Land was conquered by the power of the Covenant of God with Abraham, and the glory of the Solomonic wisdom and sovereignty dawned. All this was due to the religion of God, which this blessed lineage established and upheld.” “It is evident that throughout the history of Abraham and His posterity, this was the source of their honor, advancement and civilization.” For the “power of the Covenant shall heat every freezing soul, (and) shall bestow light upon everything that is dark.” “The dynamic power of the world of existence is the power of the Covenant, which like unto an artery pulsateth in the body of the contingent world.” “Gather them then, together around this Divine Law, the covenant of which Thou hast established with all Thy Prophets and Thy Messengers, and Whose ordinances Thou hast written down in Thy Tablets and Thy Scriptures. Raise them up, moreover, to such heights as will enable them to perceive Thy Call.” So, “Blessed the one who hath remained faithful to the Covenant of God, and woe betide him who hath broken it.”
O ye beloved of God, know that steadfastness and firmness in this new and wonderful Covenant is indeed the spirit that quickeneth the hearts, which are overflowing with the love of the Glorious Lord; verily, it is the power which penetrates into the hearts of the people of the world! Your Lord hath assuredly promised His servants who are firm and steadfast to render them victorious at all times, to exalt their word, propagate their power, diffuse their lights, strengthen their hearts, elevate their banners, assist their hosts, brighten their stars, increase the abundance of the showers of mercy upon them, and enable the brave lions to conquer.” So, “suffer the friends to become firm in the Covenant.” For, “trials and tribulations have, from time immemorial, been the lot of the chosen Ones of God and His beloved, and such of His servants as are detached from all else but Him, they whom neither merchandise nor traffic beguile from the remembrance of the Almighty, they that speak not till He hath spoken, and act according to His commandment.”
And so, “the first teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is the duty incumbent upon all, to investigate reality. What does it mean to investigate reality? It means that man must forget all hearsay and examine truth himself, for he does not know whether statements he hears are in accordance with reality or not. Wherever he finds truth or reality, he must hold to it, forsaking, discarding all else; for outside of reality there is naught but superstition and imagination.” “The Prophets and Manifestations of God bring always the same teaching; at first men cling to the Truth but after a time they disfigure it. The Truth is distorted by man-made outward forms and material laws. The veil of substance and worldliness is drawn across the reality of Truth.” For, “the beginnings of all great religions were pure; but priests, taking possession of the minds of the people, filled them with dogmas and superstitions, so that religion became gradually corrupt.” “For example, during the days of Jesus Christ the Jews were expecting the appearance of the Messiah, praying and beseeching God day and night that the Promised One might appear. Why did they reject Him when He did appear? They denied Him absolutely, refused to believe in Him. There was no abuse and persecution which they did not heap upon Him. They reviled Him with curses, placed a crown of thorns upon His head, led Him through the streets in scorn and derision and finally crucified Him. Why did they do this? Because they did not investigate the truth or reality of Christ and were not able to recognize Him as the Messiah of God. Had they investigated sincerely for themselves, they would surely have believed in Him, respected Him and bowed before Him in reverence. They would have considered His manifestation the greatest bestowal upon mankind. They would have accepted Him as the very Savior of man; but, alas, they were veiled, they held to imitations of ancestral beliefs and hearsay and did not investigate the truth of Christ. They were submerged in the sea of superstitions and were, therefore, deprived of witnessing that glorious bounty; they were withheld from the fragrances or breaths of the Holy Spirit and suffered in themselves the greatest debasement and degradation.” “For is it not thy clear duty to investigate (and) to inform thyself ~ and to cleave unto justice?” For, “God has created man and endowed him with the power of reason whereby he may arrive at valid conclusions. Therefore, man must endeavor in all things to investigate the fundamental reality. If he does not independently investigate, he has failed to utilize the talent God has bestowed upon him.”
“By the righteousness of God! I speak not falsely, and utter naught save that which God hath bidden Me.” “Bahá’u’lláh taught, that Religion is the chief foundation of Love and Unity, and the cause of (Universal) Oneness.” “His mission was to change ignorant fanaticism into Universal Love and to establish in the minds of His followers the basis of the unity of humanity and to bring about, in practice, the equality of mankind.” “The divine purpose is that men should live in unity, concord and agreement and should love one another.” “Do not only say that Unity, Love and Brotherhood are good; you must work for their realization.” “Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation.” “O ye beloved of the Lord! Strive to become the manifestations of The Love of God, the lamps of divine guidance shining amongst the kindreds of the earth with the light of love and concord.” “God is loving and merciful. His intention in religion has ever been the bond of unity and affinity between humankind.” And so, “unity is the expression of the loving power of God and reflects the reality of divinity. It is resplendent in this day through the bestowals of light upon humanity.” (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 52, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 24, 28, 37, 56, 60, 125, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, pp. 27, 51, 102, 208, Baha’i World Faith pp. 217, 245, 271, 279, 285, 323, 356, 425, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp. 62, 312, Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, pp. 14, 22, 81, Dr. J.E. Esslemont, Baha’u’llah and the New Era, p. 212, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 126, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 106, Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 18, Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 181, Baha’u’llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, 1.125 and pp. 192, 207, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 129)
And so I state again, to try and re-emphasize the importance of This message from The Creator, (one more time): 1 Corinthians: 4:33 “God (definitely, absolutely) is not the author of confusion, but of peace,” and so, if your religious beliefs are still not instilling thoughts of love, unity and peace into your hearts, for your fellow human brothers and sisters, than there is something definitely going terribly wrong here with the actual process of religious spiritual development and enlightenment for you. Because I still seem to hear, all too often, from different adherents of different religious beliefs, their over whelming desires; in wishing for the destruction and damnation of their fellow human brothers and sisters, with in many, it seems, an excessive, over-zealous desire, that all of these other people, they have chosen to condemn, burn and go straight to an agonizing, pain filled hell, to suffer there for all of eternity! I mean what can I say here; in-deed, what can anyone really say about such hatefulness and heartlessness? There is something definitely going terribly wrong here with the spiritual development and the spiritual growth of anyone who would actually wish and desire something like this on someone else; and I have to ask the question, do these people really believe that this is actually what The Creator actually wishes and desires for His human children? Do they really believe that The Creator, Who we are told, knows absolutely everything, actually just creates human beings, just so He can watch them agonize and suffer and burn in hell like this, for all of eternity? What kind of a Creator, Who we are told is all-loving, all-merciful and justice incarnate, would actually create even one individual who He is knowingly creating, just so that person can suffer an excruciating, unbearably pain filled unrelenting existence for their unending, unrelenting entirety of time? What kind of monster do these people really think God is? I know this scenario is what some people seem to think and believe, and some people maybe even hope for; because I have actually heard some people state this in my presents, with my very own ears. Can you actually imagine what something like the searing temperatures of flames blazing at thousands of degrees, burning all over your body would be like, for just a few seconds, let alone feeling something like this kind of unimaginable agony and excruciating pain for all of eternity? It would have been better if The Creator had never created that person in the first place, or anyone for that matter, who is going to suffer like this, for all of eternity. I mean, it pretty much, goes without saying, that a Creator Who is truly all about love, kindness and mercy, as we are told He is, does not create beings just so He can hurt them, and throw them away into a physical fiery pit for all of eternity; that makes absolutely no real kind sense to a reasonable thinking, sane being; fortunately for the human race, that is not what The Creator actually tells us, He actually desires and intends for His created children. You see, The Creator actually wishes better for us, and actually desires for us to join Him in heaven. He actually tells us this, within the writings of His different religions. Read them for yourselves, I have picked out a few of these quotations, on this subject stated below; and hell is fortunately for us, not what humanity seems to think it is or what some of us have been told to believe anyway. Remember, His writings are of the spirit: John: 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit.” But please don’t get me wrong; I am not saying that hell doesn’t exist! All that I am saying is that God is not a monster, hell is not a physical burning place made just to torture humans, and hell is definitely not what we think it is or have been led to believe. Hell is not a physical place made to torture human bodies, but is an ethereal place and of the spirit, dealing with our true ethereal, spiritual selves; not a place for our worn out, discarded, useless physical human bodies to reside. Besides, The Creator desires for us to reside with Him in paradise, not in hell; focus on living a good, loving, decent, giving life, not a life of decadence, depravity and debauchery. Ezekiel: 33:10 “Turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, (subsist in hell).” 18:31 “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit; for why will ye die, (have your existence in hell).”
Christ tells us:
Christianity: Luke: 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (give you heaven).” So that, Luke: 3:6 “all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” 1 Timothy: 2:3 “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;” 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved,” 4:10 “Who is the Saviour of all men.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation.” You see, The Creator actually does want us up in heaven with Him; and He actually did create all of humanity for this true purpose; and not so much for hell, as some people seem to want to believe and shove down our throats. But than again, there is still a lot about all of this ethereal existence of heaven and hell, that we still don’t really, fully understand? Luke 21:27 “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” 21:31 And, “when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.” 17:20 “And when he (Jesus) was demanded of (by) the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:” 17:21 “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” You see, heaven is not really a physical place for our physical bodies to go to; the holy scriptures tell us this: 1 Corinthians 15:50 “Now this I say brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (heaven);” 15:49 “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” 2 Corinthians 5:1 “For we know that if our earthly house of this (body, the) tabernacle, were dissolved, we have a building of God an house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.” 1 Corinthians 4:20 “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” 2 Peter 1:13 “Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;” 1:14 “Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath.” For, John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” Genesis 9:6 “For in the image of God made He man.” And, John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit.” We are spirits when we die. Because, John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” So, I ask you, what would be the use of a physical place to take up our new spiritual existence, and what would be the use of a physical fire to harm a spiritual, ethereal being; think about it? For, 1 Corinthians 15:49 “As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” 15:50 “Now this I say (again), brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” If flesh and blood, or the physical body, cannot inherit the Kingdom of God or the physical body has no place in heaven, think about it, why do we think that the physical body of man can go to a physical hell, and burn? If the physical body of man cannot go into heaven, then it only stands to reason, that the physical bodies of men cannot go to hell either; for when we die, we cast off this physical form we are currently living in. 2 Corinthians: 5:4 “For we that are in this tabernacle (physical body) do groan, being burdened; 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” John: 2:18 “Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?” 2:19 And, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 2:20 “Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?” 2:21 “But he spake of the temple of his body.” For, Mark: 14:58 “We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.” So, we should now be able to clearly see, that it is not the physical body that passes on, beyond the grave, but our true spiritual form, that is made in the same ethereal image as The Creator; and He is spirit, without a physical form; and so are we, once we pass on beyond this physical world. Therefore, hell is not a real physical place eather, but is of the spirit, contained within us, like heaven is also contained within us, or in our minds or being. And so, once those individuals get there, that are going there; The Creator can choose to bring them back out of Hell again; if He so chooses, for it is completely up to Him not us, period! Jeremiah: 3:12 “for I am merciful, saith The LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.” Acts 2:26 “Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:” Acts 2:27 “Because Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption (hell).” Colossians For, 1:16 “All things were created by Him, and for Him:” 1:17 “And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” Ephesians 4:4 For, “there is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;” for, 4:6 “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
James 3:17 For “the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” Not some cruel raving, brutal monster, who has planned out your excruciating, pain filled suffering, who gleefully watches you as you scream and writher in pain filled anguish, for the whole duration of an unbearable eternity! Revelations 20:14 “And (so) death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.” So hell itself gets cast into the lake of fire; so than, I must ask, where will the naughty-disbelievers/misbelievers go after their separation from the body; maybe this will be what actually happens to them, or at least in-part after they die: 2 Thessalonians Those, 1:9 “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of The Lord.” They may be able to see the good things, in the next world, but they will not be able to partake of them; for Jesus Christ tells us: Luke: 16:19 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day;” 16:20 “and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores;” 16:21 “desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table;” 16:22 “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom; the rich man also died, and was buried;” 16:23 “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” 16:24 “And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me.” 16:25 “But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” Wisdom 16:13 “For Thou (God) hast power of life and death; Thou leadest to the gates of hell, and bringest up again.” (Deuterocanonical Apocrypha) Acts 2:27 For, “Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell!” You see, all is up to God, with Him even the sinful can be liberated from hell at His discretion! Micah: 7:18 For, “Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression? (and) He retaineth not his anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy.” 1 Timothy: 2:3 “For God our Saviour;” 4:10 “Who is the Saviour of all men,” 2:4 “will have all men to be saved,” For, 1 Thessalonians 5:9 “God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation.” Luke: 12:32 “For it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Judaism: Isaiah: 64:4 “Since the beginning of the world, men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He (God) hath prepared for him; (that waiteth for him).” 45:17 “Be saved in The LORD with an everlasting salvation!” 45:22 “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I Am God, and there is none else.” Ezekiel: 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith The Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” And, 33:11 “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live; for why will ye die.” Psalms: 149:4 “For The LORD taketh pleasure in His people.” 49:8 “For the redemption of their soul is precious;” 49:9 “That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption (or see hell).” For, 34:22 “The LORD redeemeth the soul of His servants; and none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate.” 111:9 “He sent redemption unto His people: (and) He hath commanded His covenant for ever; holy and reverend is His name,” 130:7 “for with The LORD there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption.” For, 3:8 “Salvation belongeth unto The LORD!” Jeremiah: 3:23 “Truly in The LORD our God is the salvation.” 68:20 So “He that is our God is The God of salvation.” Psalms: For, 20:6 “The Lord, ~ He will hear him, (us) from His Holy Heaven with the saving strength.” And so, 85:7 “Shew us Thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us Thy salvation.” For, 103:19 “The LORD hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.” 36:5 “Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.” 36:6 “Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; Thy judgments are a great deep; O LORD, (and) Thou preservest man and beast.” 36:7 “How excellent is Thy loving kindness, O God!” 36:8 “They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house (heaven); and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures.” 36:9 “For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light.” 57:10 “For Thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and Thy truth unto the clouds.” 89:2 For Thy, “mercy shall be built up for ever; Thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.” 103:17 “The mercy of The LORD is from everlasting to everlasting.” 89:11 “The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine.” 96:11 “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad.” Jeremiah: For, 23:23 “am I a God at hand, saith The LORD, and not a God afar off?” 23:24 “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith The LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith The LORD. 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! there is nothing too hard for Thee; 32:18 Thou shewest loving kindness unto thousands.” So, Lamentations: 3:26 “It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of The LORD.” And so, Micah: 7:7 “therefore I will look unto The LORD; I will wait for The God of my salvation.” Psalms: 130:7 “For with The LORD there is mercy and with Him is plenteous redemption.” Proverbs: For, 29:17 “He shall give thee rest; yea, He shall give delight unto thy soul.” For 20:27 “The spirit of man is the candle of The LORD.” Micah: 7:18 For, “Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?” For, “He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy.” Then, Isaiah: 48:16 “Come ye near unto Me, (and) hear ye this; I have not spoken (it) in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now The Lord GOD, and His Spirit, hath sent me.” 48:17 “Thus saith The LORD, thy Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel; I Am The LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” So, Isaiah: 45:22 “Look unto Me, and be ye saved!”
Again we see that The Lord God, desires for man to join Him in heaven; to be saved unto salvation, and He clearly wants to have compassion and mercy upon His children, all of His children! The Creator has no real, true desires for harshness or wrath or the punishment of humanity; He tells us this in Ezekiel, Ezekiel: 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith The Lord GOD;” and, 33:11 “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” God wants us to live and to be blessed! For, The Creator, created us, in His True Image: Genesis: 1:26 “And God said, Let Us make man in Our Image, after Our Likeness;” 1:27 and “so God created man in His Own Image, in The Image of God created He him; male and female created He them;” God created us like Him, a spirit: 2 Corinthians: 3:17 “Now The Lord is that Spirit,” Genesis: 1:2 “The Spirit of God moved,” Job: 26:13 “By His spirit He…” 1 Kings: 10:10 “And The Spirit of God came,” 16:13 “And The Spirit of The LORD,” 2 Chronicles: 15:1 “And the Spirit of God,” 24:20 “And the Spirit of God, etc… so we should clearly be able to see, that God again is a spirit, according to Jewish teachings; and so, we are also spirits, created in His, The Creators image. Job: 10:9 “Remember, I beseech Thee, that Thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt Thou bring me into dust again?” 10:10 “Hast Thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?” 10:11 “Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.” For, 10:12 “Thou hast granted me life and favour, and Thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.” 33:4 “The Spirit of God hath made me, and The Breath of The Almighty hath given me life.” 32:8 “There is a spirit in man and the inspiration of The Almighty giveth them (men, humanity) understanding.” So we are like Him (The Creator); spirits created in His true image; and so therefore, that which is beneficial to Him; is something that is also beneficial to our true spiritual side or nature, as-well; because He has created us to be like Him, in His image! And so, He actually gives us laws and ordinances that are for the spiritual benefit of our souls, and for our further development; and to help us get along better with one another; not because He is an All Powerful Deity, and He is just telling us what to do, because He, on a whim, just feels like telling us what to do! He does this because it is for our own good, and will help us in our integration and advancement in the next life; which is also of a spiritual nature. Isaiah: 48:17 “Thus saith The LORD, thy Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel; I am The LORD thy God, which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go;” because of-course, He is of the spiritual existence, as-well; and what exactly, would be the use of a physical heaven, for a spiritual entity to live and exist in? For, 3 Kings: 837 “the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee (God)?” So, “will God indeed dwell on the earth,” 2 Chronicles: 2:6 “But who is able to build Him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens can not contain Him?” And so, in creating us, He desires for us, that which He desires for Himself; which are the good things of the next life, or the things of heaven or paradise. 2 Kings: 23:1 “Now these be the last words of David, ~ the man who was raised up on high.” For, Jeremiah: 51:11 “The LORD hath raised up the spirit.” Ecclesiastes: 12:7 “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God Who gave it.” For, Proverbs: 20:27 “The spirit of man, is the candle of The LORD, (not the physical body);” Isaiah: 32:18 “And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” ~ “peace and righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever.” Ecclesiastes: 3:21 And, “knoweth the spirit of man (the soul) that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast (the physical body) that goeth downward to the earth?”
So hell and heaven again, in The Old Testament, are not physical places for our souls to take up residence in, once we pass beyond this physical world; as I stated and hopefully proved earlier. So again, what is the real use of clinging, so tightly, to the physical things of this physical life; for none of that will help us, once we pass beyond this world; for the things of the next world, like us, are not physical in nature, but are spiritual in nature. So Satan will not be venomously burning our physical bodies to ash, over and over again, for all of eternity; like some people seem to imagine, and want to believe. God, is absolutely not that kind of a monster, Who would actually allow such a terrible thing to happen! Lamentations: 3:33 “For He (God) doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.” 3:34 “To crush under His feet.” For, 3:35 “to turn aside the right of a man before the face of The Most High,” 3:36 “to subvert a man in His cause, The LORD approveth not.” The spirit or soul of man, is not physical for a physical fire to be able to burn! Ecclesiastes: “For the spirit of man (the soul) that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast (the physical body of man), that goeth downward to the earth;” and again, you absolutely can not burn the soul with physical fire; for the soul is not physical; so hell is of a spiritual nature, as-well; that The Creator actually wishes for us to avoid: Ezekiel: 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith The Lord GOD ~ turn yourselves, and live ye.” And, 33:11 “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” Because He absolutely does not desire hell for us but He wishes for us to turn away from the things in this existence, that are harmful to our souls or harmful to the souls of others beings around us. God doesn’t take pleasure in our suffering, but, Psalms: 149:4 “The LORD taketh pleasure in His people,” 49:8 “For the redemption of their soul is precious, to Him.” Micah: 7:18 So, “God like(s) (to) pardoneth iniquity and transgression,” for “He retaineth not His anger forever, because He delighteth in mercy;” Jeremiah: 3:12 “for I am merciful, saith The LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.” For, Isaiah: 38:17 “Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption (hell), for thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back.” The Creator does not wish Hell for us or for anyone, but desires mercy for us! For, Psalms: 30:9 of “what profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit (down into hell)?” “Shall the dust praise Thee?” “shall it declare Thy truth?” 31:1 “In Thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in Thy righteousness;” and God, therefore, will eventually help those out of hell, because again, Micah: 7:18 “He retaineth not His anger for ever!” and can show forgiveness and mercy at His discretion, whenever He so chooses. Jeremiah: 3:12 “For I am merciful, saith The LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.” For, Isaiah: 50:1 “Thus saith The LORD,” 50:2 “is My hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness.” 51:11 “Therefore the redeemed of The LORD shall return, and come ~ and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” 51:12 “I, even I, am he that comforteth you.” 54:8 “I with everlasting kindness, will I have mercy on thee, saith The LORD thy Redeemer.” Ezekiel: 18:32 “For (again) I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith The Lord GOD.” And, 33:11 “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” So, Isaiah: 45:22 “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I Am God, and there is none else.” Than, 45:17 “Be saved in The LORD with an everlasting salvation!” Psalms: 149:4 “For The LORD taketh pleasure in His people.” 49:8 “For the redemption of their soul is precious;” 49:9 “That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption (see hell).” For, 139:8 “If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.” 34:22 “The LORD redeemeth the soul of His servants!” For, 3:8 “Salvation belongeth unto The LORD!” Jeremiah: 3:23 And, “truly in The LORD our God is the salvation.” Psalms: For, 36:7 “How excellent is Thy loving kindness, O God! Lamentations: 3:33 “For (again) He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.” For, Psalms: 30:9 of “what profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit (down into hell)? Ezekiel: 18:32 For, 33:11 “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live.”
Isaiah: 42:5 “Thus saith God The LORD:” 42:6 “I The LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;” 42:7 “To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison (hell), and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house, (He will bring the people out of hell).” Psalms: 16:10 “For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” 86:13 “For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.” And, Jonah: 2:6 “I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever (hell); yet hast Thou brought up my life from corruption (hell), O LORD my God.” So, Job: 33:27 “He looketh upon men;” 33:28 “He will deliver his soul from going into the pit (hell), and his life shall see the light.” 33:29 “Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,” 33:30 “To bring back his soul from the pit (hell), (so) to be enlightened with the light of the living.” Zechariah: 9:11 “As for Thee also, by the blood of Thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit (hell)” 9:16 “And The LORD their God shall save them in that day (rescue them).” God shall eventually liberate even the souls of them that were wicked from the confines of hell! Isaiah: 24:22 “And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit (hell), and shall be shut up in the prison (hell), and after many days shall they be visited.” And, 24:23: “Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption (hell): for thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back.” 38:18 “For the grave cannot praise Thee, death can not celebrate Thee: they that go down into the pit (hell) cannot hope for Thy truth.” For, 38:20 “The LORD was ready to save me.” Jeremiah: 3:12 “For I am merciful, saith The LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.” For, Isaiah: 50:1 “Thus saith The LORD,” 50:2 “is My hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver?
Islam: 67. “Ye desire the lure of this world and Allah desireth (for you) the Hereafter (paradise).” (The Qur’an Pickthall, Sura 8) “Ye wish to have the goods of this world, but God wishes for (you) the next (paradise)!” (The Qur’an Palmer, Sura 8) “Ye desire the passing fruitions of this world, but God desireth the next life (heaven) for you.” (The Qur’an Rodwell, Sura 8) 67. “Ye look for the temporal goods of this world; but Allah looketh (wishes for you) the hereafter (heaven).” (The Qur’an Yusuf Ali, Surah 8) 10. “Is there a doubt about Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth?“ “It is He Who invites you, in order that He may forgive you your sins and give you respite,” Clearly, Allah (God) desires heaven for us; (for all of us). 198. “For those who fear their Lord, are gardens, with rivers flowing beneath, (heaven); therein are they to dwell (forever), a gift from the presence of Allah (God), and that which is in the presence of Allah is the best.” 20. “For those who fear their Lord, lofty mansions, one above another, have been built; beneath them flow rivers (of delight): (such is) the promise of Allah; never doth Allah fail in (His) promise!” For, 35. “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth; and here is the parable of the Garden (another name for heaven for the Muslims), which the righteous are promised! — beneath it flow rivers; (and) perpetual is the enjoyment thereof and the shade therein.” “Such is the End of the Righteous and the End of Unbelievers is the Fire (hell).” Muhammad calls the garden a parable, which is something that is not to be taken literally; he also mentions hell in this parable as-well. So if heaven is not a real, literal, physical place; so why do we believe that hell is a literal, physical place? Hell is a place of great shame according to the words of Muhammad: 192. “Our Lord! any whom thou dost admit to the fire (hell), truly thou coverest with shame.” So a burning hell, is again a parable within Islam, not a real physical place, but a place of shame, or burning shame; for 26. “Allah disdains not to use the similitude of things;” Allah/God likes to use, similitudes or parables about matters of faith or the heart. 58. “For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with a spirit from Himself,” “perchance (they) might grow in spiritual understanding?” Because, “the pure spirit (at death) escapes from the bonds of the body.” So again we see, that we are spirit or a soul, created in the spiritual image of our Creator, Who is also of a spiritual nature. So we are of the spirit when we die, not a physical being to take our place in heaven or hell when we die, but a spirit or a soul, taking our place in a non-literal heaven or hell: “Allah created you with His Own Hand, and breathed into you of His Spirit meaning the spirit which he created for you.” So, 53. “soon will We show them Our Signs in the (furthest) regions (of the earth) and within their own souls.” So soon will the Allah (God) like spiritual properties, begin to reveal themselves within our demeanor, and our outward actives towards one another, if we strive towards becoming more like God. “We show them Our Signs (Our Image), within their own souls.” For, 119. “Allah will say: ‘This is a day on which the truthful will profit from their truth; theirs are Gardens, with rivers flowing beneath, their eternal home (again their heavenly home); Allah well-pleased with them, and they with Allah; that is the great Salvation.’” Again, heaven is not to be taken as a real, physical place. For, 16. “On that day, if the penalty is averted from any, it is due to Allah’s Mercy; and that would be (Salvation), the obvious fulfillment of all desire.” 17. For, “if Allah touch thee with affliction, none can remove it, but He; if He touch thee with happiness, He hath power over all things.” 18. “He is the Irresistible, (watching) from above over His worshippers; and He is the Wise, acquainted with all things.” 9. “And those saved from the covetousness of their own souls, they are the ones that achieve prosperity.” Again we see that heaven is not a physical place, but again a spiritual place or a good state of mind or being.
“Allah is most surely, full of kindness (and) Most Merciful to all people!” “Can those in such ultimate, unimaginable Bliss, coming from an all Loving, kind Creator, really be compared to such as shall dwell forever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels (to pieces)?” This is a very stark contrast to how Muhammad describes Allah in the Quran: “For Allah is to all people most surely full of (all) kindness, (and is) Most Merciful.” Which this, in reality, should tell us that hell is also non-literal just like heaven; for how could a truly All Loving God possibly create even one soul that is going to suffer throughout eternity like that; its unimaginable to the intelligent mind. But again, don’t get me wrong, there really is, very much a hell of the spiritual world, we just can’t imagine it’s true direness yet!
18. “The parable (similitude, story) of those who reject their Lord is that their works are as ashes, on which the wind blows furiously on a tempestuous windy day. No power have they over aught that they have earned; That is the straying far, far from the goal.” 72. “Those who were blind in this world will be blind in the Hereafter, and most astray from the Path.” Those who were blind to God in this world will also be blind to God in the next world. They are those: 1:9 “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of The Lord.” These people will be blind to the presents of The Lord and to heaven in the next world, and know not where to turn for relief and salvation, from their predicament, for they cannot find the path of God, and will be punished with destruction FROM THE PRESENTS OF THE LORD!!! 49. “Among them is (many) a man who says: ‘Grant me exemption and draw me not into trial.’ Have they not fallen into trial already?“ “And, indeed, hell surrounds the unbelievers on all sides.” 63. “Know they not, that for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, is the fire of Hell? — wherein they shall dwell, that is the supreme disgrace.” We see again, hell being described as a place of humiliation and now disgrace. These, again, are mental afflictions and torments of the mind, not the physical torments of a physical burning hell.
Again, “Can those in such ultimate, unimaginable Bliss, coming from an all Loving, kind Creator;” “for Allah is to all people most surely full of kindness, (and) Most Merciful;” “to all people, ” “really be compared to such as shall dwell forever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels (to pieces)?” This again, is such a dark, stark contrast to how Muhammad actually describes Allah in The Quran: “For Allah is to all people most surely full of (all) kindness, (and is) Most Merciful.” Which, in reality, again tells us that hell is also as non-literal as heaven is. For how could a truly, All Loving Creator, possibly create even one soul who is going to suffer thus throughout all eternity like this; its unimaginable to the intelligent mind! The Creator Himself, in seeing this, would suffer with that person who is suffering in such agony; think about it!
“Some Sabi (Sabian war prisoners) were brought before the Prophet and behold, a woman amongst them was milking her breasts to feed and whenever she found a child amongst the captives, she took it over her chest and nursed it (she had lost her child but later she found him) the Prophet said to us, ‘Do you think that this lady can throw her son in the fire?’ (The fires of hell)? We replied, ‘No, if she has the power not to throw it (in the fire).’ The Prophet then said, ‘Allah is more merciful to His slaves (His children) than this lady to her son.’” Here we find out that Allah is more merciful than humans are; the very act of Allah/God, Who is Omniscient, All-Knowing, All-Loving and All-Merciful, knowingly creating even one soul who is going to suffer in a fiery, burning, abysmal of hell throughout all of eternity is unthinkable and unimaginable, for such an Enlightened, Caring Being. How could a Truly Loving, kind, Mercy filled God, Who does believe in justice, knowingly create even one soul who He knows is going to suffer such a terrible fate? The very idea is completely monstrous, and it would take a real monster to do such a thing; and I do not believe God is a true monster. So a real fiery hell is absolutely out of the question for a True Loving God. And Muhammad indicates this here with his story of the Sabian woman. Allah/God is a True God of Love and mercy, and could not bear to even witness such a terrible thing, let alone cause it to happen; and Muhammad, with this story, definitely tells us that Allah is definitely more merciful than that. Indeed the very idea of doing such a terrible thing to any living creature is injustice incarnate. This is not the act of a Just, Merciful Creator, but the act of a deranged, maniacal, inhuman madman. But, in saying all of this, again, please don’t misunderstand me. Just because I am emphatically stating that there is no physical hell, don’t get me wrong. There is, in reality, very much a hell of the spirit; we just can’t imagine it yet! So, don’t be one of those foolish people who think they can just skate on by without incurring any real consequences for their actions here in this life. Just because the hell God has set aside for the evil acting human beings in this life, is not a real, physical hell, there is just too much being said about it, in all of the writings, from all of God’s holy manifestations and prophets, not to have an extreme caution about hell. Whatever hell may be, I can unequivocally promise you, it’s not a place or state of being you want to find yourself in. God’s messengers and chosen ones have chosen to use the most painful, frightful, worst images we can imagine in this world, here in this life, to describe hell to us; and since the earthly language of mankind cannot even begin to come close to describing the true nature of what God has been trying for thousands of years to get across to us; you do the math. Whatever hell is, it’s a thousand, thousand times worse than whatever these words are trying to convey to us, and it is a thousand, thousand times worse than anything that you can imagine, here in this life. I promise you, you do not want to go there, no matter how arrogant and self-absorbed you might be. The very thought of what hell might be, scares the hell right out of me, think about it; which is, in fact, the whole point behind this warning given to us by all of the prophets of God, in the first place. My guess is that, by the very act of God creating this wonderful heaven for us; that is so, so wonderful, hell than, is, in part, a byproduct that would naturally come into play for those individuals who are not welcome there, but who still have an existence, however diminished that existence may be. Or, in-other-words, hell is not a terrible place God, who is all love and complete mercy, purposely created for us, but actually the result of there being such a wonderful existence for us that will be getting even better and more wonderful, for His loved ones, throughout all of eternity, as they spiritually grow and develop, and can appreciate more of what He has given to them; while the wicked people, who by their very own terrible deeds and actions, right here in this life, deprived themselves of this wonderful gift, that only keeps getting better, while they keep doing without. And, as to what they may suffer and or possibly do to their own selves out of pure remorse, guilt and penance for their depraved situation, one can only guess at. But this is only a conjecture on my part, do to some of the observations I have made reading the writing of The Creator; 82. “we send down (to them) (stage by stage)… that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (and) to the unjust, it causes nothing but loss after loss.” Spiritual pain and anguish, after spiritual pain and anguish… 83. And, “yet when We bestow Our favors on man, he turns away and becomes remote (instead of coming to Us), and when Evil seizes him he gives himself over to the despair!” 84. “So every man acts according to his own disposition.” Accordingly, “We have made Hell a prison for those who reject (Our message and disobey Our commands).” “Every man’s fate We have fastened (around) his own neck and on the Day of Judgment We shall bring out for him a scroll, which he will see spread open.” “(It will be said to him): ‘Read thine (own) record; sufficient is thy soul this day to make out an account against thee.” “Whoso receiveth guidance, receiveth it, to his own benefit: and whoso goeth astray doth so to his own loss: no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another, (hell or otherwise).” Therefore hell will, most likely, be of a very personal nature, conforming to the individual personality and reality of each and every individual co-inhabitant. But this is again just conjecture created from observations taken from right out of the writings of God.
For, 106. “Those who are wretched, shall be in the Fire; there will be for them therein (nothing but) the heaving of sighs and sobs:” 107. “They will dwell therein for all the time that the heavens and the earth endure, except as thy Lord willeth: for thy Lord is the Accomplisher of what He planneth.” In-other-words, we see again, that the duration of one’s stay in hell, again, depends on The Creator, for He leaves open, to Himself, the possibility of releasing the individual from hell; which is as it should be. 44. “To Allah belongs exclusively (the right to grant) Intercession; to Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; in the End, it is to Him that ye shall be brought back,” (from suffering, from hell etc…) For, 147. “What can Allah gain by your (eternal, everlasting) punishment, if ye are grateful and ye believe? Nay, it is Allah that recogniseth (all good), and knoweth all things.” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 24, 29, 38, 39, 41, 47, 58, 80 and The Masnavi Vol 6 and Hadith Bukhari Vol 6, Book 60, # 236, Vol 8, Book 73 # 28)
I found that the rest of the religions also state we will not be left in hell forever: “They will dwell therein (in hell) for all the time that the heavens and the earth endure, except as thy Lord willeth: for thy Lord is the (sure) Accomplisher of what He planneth.” The other religions hint at or strongly indicate that we will not be left in hell for all time as-well: 44. “To Allah belongs exclusively (the right to grant) Intercession: to Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: in the End, it is to Him that ye shall be brought back.” (from suffering, from hell etc…) for 147. “What can Allah gain by your (eternal, everlasting) punishment, if ye are grateful and ye believe? Nay, it is Allah that recogniseth (all good), and knoweth all things.” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 4 and 39)
Zoroastrianism: 2. “And to Thy Good Kingdom ~ (heaven), O Ahura Mazda (God, The Creator), may we attain forever, and A Good King be Thou over us; and let each man of us, and so each woman, thus abide, O Thou most beneficent of beings, and for both the worlds!” 1. “Grant that reward which Thou hast appointed to our souls, O Ahura Mazda!“ 2. “Of this do Thou Thyself bestow upon us for this world and the spiritual;” 3. “Thereupon spake Mazda: Salvation to this one, whosoever he may be! May the absolute ruler Ahura grant it.” 21. “I created, O Spitama Zarathushtra! good renown and salvation of the soul;” 22. “That is to say, good renown in this world and salvation of the soul in the next.” “I will (aid him and) bring his soul over the Bridge of Chinvat, I who am Ahura Mazda, (God) (I will help him to pass over it) to Heaven (the best life),” And so, 32. “The Amesha-Spentas, will come and show thee, O Zarathushtra (Zoroaster)! the way to that world to long glory in the spiritual world, to long happiness of the soul in Paradise; To bliss and Paradise.” Here we see that Ahura/God wishes to guide us into heaven, and that it is the soul of man and not the physical body of man, that goes to heaven, and so therefore heaven is not a real physical place in the Zoroastrian religion either, but a place of the spirit or a spiritual place, which Zarathushtra or Zoroaster also tells us.
For, “From the same jug, Mazda distributes the portion to all. But one gets honey and another gets poison as his share. The pot is the same, and so its content is the same. The mentality of the recipient makes the difference.” It is all about the mental state of the believers whether they find themselves in heaven or hell; and receive honey or poison for their actions in this life, in the next world. It is a spiritual state of mind that we shall find ourselves in, when we die; for all eyes will be opened to all the things we have done or in many cases left undone. The jug, or the abode, is the same. We will, all find ourselves in the same spiritual realm, but some will see their goodness, while others will only see the consequences of the evil actions they have performed. This is, of course, an over simplification of things to come and does not take into account God’s interactions with us or in some cases, the lack thereof; “Evil is not wholly evil! In tackling it the soul acquires moral strength i.e. competence for nearness to God. This is a relieving feature of sin.” “Even evil operates for the ultimate good.” So, “Evil is only apparently evil. It is ultimately for our good. It helps us to build our character and character is necessary for God realization, which is (for) our ultimate and permanent good.” And, “Mazda as the upholder of moral order, is sure to give His support to Zarathushtra and to punish his enemies. The punishment would, however, be for their own good, to lead them to the path of rectitude. Why should God, who is all kindness, inflict punishment on anybody unless it is for his own good [i.e. even hell].” Denkard. Zoroaster, For, “the damnation (in hell, which they have merited); and having neglected the Deity during life, they remember Him the more at the moment of death. Because it is declared concerning those who fall into hell, that from the severity of their punishment in hell, their life which in this world they deemed to be proper (or free from blame), appears to them in hell so unfit or stained with sin [lit. so changed into unfitness], that they eagerly express the wish: ‘Would that we had never been born, or that we had not lived to follow the faith of the sinful,’ on account of which (penalty) they also exclaim that (it would have been) better if they had never been born.” Denkard. Zoroaster, “Those that are dwellers in Hell have been mentioned as (inmates) of Darkness, not of Light. Under their dominion is called (the thing) of darkness (infernal) and non-existent.” Hell is described here, as non-existent or non-literal; in-other-words, hell is not a physical, literal place for us to take up our literal residence when we die, but a spiritual place, waiting for our soul. So, “desire for pleasure should be discarded, but not desire for the good. Without the desire for self-realization or God realization, life becomes blank, mere darkness.” “Those who smother every resolution, live in an atmosphere of dense darkness. This is tantamount to the killing of the self” “Mind is its own place, and itself can make a heaven of hell and a hell of heaven. Nonchalance can turn hell into heaven, as the Mahabharata notes.” “It is strange that the man lives in the prison, though he has the keys in his hands all the while, that he lives in hell though he can live in heaven.” “It is a very true saying that what one considers to be happiness, depends very much on his mentality.” Here we see that hell and heaven are states of mind or spiritual being, and are not physical places for our spiritual selves to take up their spiritual residences.
“The sinner however is not lost forever; as soon as he gets rid of his passion, he develops conscience and nonchalance, and opens himself to the influence of Mazda and is saved.” 7. “Praise be to The Merciful Lord who bestows rewards for meritorious deeds on those who obey his commands according to his will, and at last will liberate even the wicked from (the torture of) hell and will embellish with purity the whole creation.” Denkard. Zoroaster, “Those who are delivered from hell will obtain greatness (from the pious) and the imprisoned will be let out of hell.” (ZOROASTER, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasnas 19, 21, 40, 41, 55, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 112, 120, 121, 371, 320, 321, 405, 832, 833, Denkard and Hindu Mahabharata and The Zend-Avesta, Khorda Avesta – Book of Common Prayer and Avesta Fragments)
Hinduism: “Now will I open unto thee- whose heart rejects not, that last lore, deepest-concealed, that farthest secret of My Heavens, which but to know shall set thee free from ills! Yea, for the soul, such light purgeth it from every sin; a light of holiness with inmost splendor shining; plain to see; inexhaustible!” “By Me the whole vast Universe is spread abroad; by Me, The Unmanifest (The Uncreated One, The One Who is of a Spiritual nature)!“ “In Me is all existences contained; Not I in them; Creating all, sustaining all, still dwell outside of all, so all things are in Me, but are not I.” 3. “Heaven’s light, most excellent, I offer, (Brahma/God offers us heaven).” 3. “He fill the heaven,” “laud He — heaven and earth – “This treasure of heaven, (Brahma, Vishnu, God’s, gift, and creation for man), that lays concealed, close and yet hidden, from the eyes of men.” Heaven is Brahma’s gift and creation for man. “He, The Lord, with power to give, The light of heaven.” So, “seek refuge in thy soul; have there thy heaven, under the spirit’s buckler from the world, which hath wisdom’s mark!” Heaven here we see, is a gift to us from The Creator and is of the spirit or spiritual in nature, and is found within the soul, not physical in nature, not a physical existence. “Krishna speaketh in this wise! Yea, and whoso, full of faith, Heareth wisely what it saith, Heareth meekly, when he dies, Surely shall his spirit rise To those regions where the Blest, Free of flesh, in joyance rest.” Krishna tells us that heaven is free of flesh or not a physical place, so with this in mind, isn’t hell also free of flesh or not a physical place? For, 240. “Single is each being born; single it dies; single it enjoys (the reward of its) virtue; single (it suffers the punishment of its) sin.” “Leaving the dead body on the ground like a log of wood, or a clod of earth, the relatives depart with averted faces; but spiritual merit follows the (soul).” “Let him therefore always slowly accumulate spiritual merit, in order (that it may be his) companion (after death); for with merit as his companion he will traverse a gloom that is difficult to traverse.” “That companion speedily conducts the man who is devoted to duty and effaces his sins by austerities, to the next world, radiant and clothed with an ethereal body.” “The heaven of the Atman is, of course liberation, that state in which the individual soul becomes merged in the Brahman or Paramatman, which is pure essence, (spiritual, with no physical body), intelligence and joy, Free of flesh.” 4. For, “to be an outcast means to be deprived of the right to follow the lawful occupations of twiceborn men,” “And to be deprived after death of the rewards of meritorious deeds.” “Some call (this condition) hell.” Clearly Krishna is telling us we are of the spirit or spiritual in nature when we die, with an ethereal body; and he also tells us that heaven and therefore hell are both free of flesh or not physical places for us to take up our new spiritual residences, but places of the mind or spirit.
And as far as hell is concerned: we will be outcasts denied the rewards of our accomplishments in this life, which is one of the conditions of hell. 207. “But he who, intending to hurt a Brahmana, has threatened (him with a stick and the like) shall remain in hell during a hundred years; he who (actually) struck him, during one thousand years.” 54. “Those who committed mortal sins (mahapataka), having passed during large numbers of years through dreadful hells, obtain, after the expiration of (that term of punishment, may be allowed into heaven, according to the will of Brahma).” (Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapters 2, 9, 18, and Vedas, Rig Veda – Books 1 and 10 and Hindu, Laws of Manu 4 and The Dharma Sutras, Apastamba Prasna I, Patala 8, Khanda 22, Gutama 21) In-other-words, we as in all of humanity, can and will be eventually be liberated from the pains and anguish of hell!
Buddhism: He, “Brahma (God) only desires that which is of good benefit for us;” you see, “no beings are left outside by the will of the Tathagatas; some day each and every one will be influenced by the wisdom and love of the Tathagatas and ascend the stages of heaven.” Eventually everybody will be allowed into heaven regardless of what their actions have been in their past life, no one will be left in hell forever or for all of eternity. For, “Brahma; only desires good benefit for us, [i.e. our salvation].” Brahma/God, in creating us, does want us in heaven with Him, and will eventually bring us there, all of us. “I urge deliverance.” You see, “The Tathagata guides you in the way, let Him admonish, exhort, And shield from wrong.” For the, “Tathagatas are in close fellowship with each individual comforting, encouraging, guiding, strengthening.” Again we see, that The Creator desires for us to be in heaven with Him, and desires to guide man there! For, “blind is this world, Few are they who clearly see; As the birds escaping from a net, (we escape the bonds of our mortal bodies).” Again we see, that we leave this mortal body of ours behind, when we exit this mortal world, so again, heaven and hell are not physical, literal places for us to take up our new spiritual lives. “For a man who obeys the divine laws prescribed in the holy revealed texts, gains after death, unsurpassable bliss (heaven, paradise), according to the (sacred spiritual teaching) of the revealed texts.” “The doctrines, which I advised you to penetrate, you should — so that this Holy Life may take its course for the weal and welfare of the many, as a consolation to the world, for the happiness, weal and welfare of heavenly beings (to the heavenly worlds of the spirit).” And so, “When we subject ourselves to the least differentiation or particularization, transformation takes place; otherwise all things would be as void as space, as they inherently are. By letting our minds dwell on evil things, hell arises. By letting our minds dwell upon good acts, paradise is manifested.” Again we see, that heaven and hell are both states of mind according to the Buddhist writings. “No beings are left outside by the will of the Tathagatas; some day each and every one will be influenced by the wisdom and love of the Tathagatas of Transformation, to lay up a stock of merit and ascend the stages. (The stages of heaven, the stages of spiritual development the soul has to go through).” “But, if they only realized it, they are already in the Tathagata’s Nirvana for, in Noble Wisdom, all things are in Nirvana from the beginning.” (Buddhism, The Eightfold Path, Buddha, the Word and The Sixth Patriarch, The Lankavatara Sutra, Surangama Sutra, Diamond Sutra and Tevigga Sutra) Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 and 3 (tr. J. Richards))
Sabeanism: “Thou hast shown us that which the eye of man hath not seen, and caused us to hear that which human ear has not heard. Thou hast freed us from death and united us with life, released us from darkness and united us with light, led us out of evil and joined us to good. Thou hast shown us the Way of Life and hast guided our feet into ways of truth and faith; so that Life cometh and expelleth darkness and goodness cometh and casteth out evil.” “Good, (the gift of heaven) is from the Good One (God/Haiyi); for the good. He (God) set His nature upon those who love His name,” goodness cometh to man from God above. “(As) the mingling of wine with water, so may Thy truth, thy righteousness and thy faith be added to those who love Thy name of Truth; and Life be praised.” So, “Bliss and peace there shall be on the road which Adam built.” “The soul has loosened its chains and broken its fetters. It shed its bodily coat. The call of the soul is the call of life which departs from the body of refuse;” So, we are a soul or spirit when we die, casting off our bodily coat. And so, “The soul flieth and travelleth.” For, “to every man whose term of life is over Thou wilt be a Helper, Saviour and Guide.” “I (Haiyi/God), will take his hand and be his Saviour and Guide to the great Place of Light and to the Everlasting Abode; (Heaven). So here again we see The Creator’s desire for us to enter into heaven with Him; as He guides our soul, not our physical body, to takes it’s flight unto the road to heaven. The physical body is cast aside. Then, “raising my eyes and lifting up my countenance toward the Place which is all portals of radiance, light, glory, beauty, repute and honour and to the Abode which is all beams of light (heaven); I adore, laud and praise the Mighty, Strange (other-worldly) life.” “The assembly of souls which proceeded from Him, on the Last Day, when they leave their bodies, will rejoice in Him, will embrace Him and will rise up and behold the outer Ether and the everlasting Abode.” “For Thou knowest hearts and understandest minds and searchest out the (our) consciences (even) in the nethermost hells of darkness. Like a servant lying prostrate before Thee, our eyes are lifted to Thee, our lips give Thee praise.” Hell is darkness here, not flames or fire, and God is there with you searching out the consciences and the spiritual eyes are lifted up towards Him with praise on the spiritual lips of those He is comforting. For, “Those who seek of Him find, and to those who ask of Him it will be given. For to him that standeth at a closed door Thou wilt open the closed door. In the Place of Light Thou wilt wipe away and remove from us our sins, trespasses, follies, stumblings and mistakes and wilt cast them into the hells of the earth and the nethermost limbos (oblivion) of darkness. Thou wilt raise us up as sinless and not as guilty, as virtuous and not as vicious before Thee.” “May the gate of sin be barred to them and the gate of light be open for them. May they all be knit together in the communion of Life, in which there is no separation.” So than, “Manda-d-Hiia (God) went to the stars. His appearance loosed the bound (souls): He knit (them into) the communion that is without parting and without limit or number, by His word which issued from Him in that place. He passed by: the captives were freed. He loosed them from their sins and trespasses:” He freed the damned from their imprisonment in hell. So we see, here also, that Haiyi/God does not desire hell for us and will eventually liberate the sinful from the confines of hell and bring them into heaven with Him. (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 9, 34, 35, 45, 48, 73, 76, 117 and 170 and Sabeanism, Bliss and Peace)
The Babi Faith: “God hath cherished, and will ever cherish, the desire that all men may attain His gardens of Paradise, (heaven) with utmost love, that no one should sadden another, not even for a moment, and that all should dwell within His cradle of protection and security.” God, as He states in all of His religions; wishes, that all of mankind may join Him and attain unto His spiritual, heavenly kingdom. “He hath cherished, and will ever cherish, the desire that all men may attain His gardens of Paradise.” “O LORD! enable all the people of the earth, to gain admittance into the Paradise of Thy Faith; so that no created being may remain beyond the bounds of Thy good-pleasure.” “O Lord! Render victorious Thy forbearing servants in Thy days, enable their souls to ascend to the presence of God, the Most Exalted, and to attain the supreme Paradise.” All men are called, not just a certain few! “Indeed no paradise is more glorious in the sight of God than attainment unto His good-pleasure.” So, “WORSHIP thou God in such wise that if thy worship lead thee to the fire, no alteration in thine adoration would be produced, and so likewise if thy recompense should be paradise, Thus and thus alone should be the worship, which befitteth the one True God. Shouldst thou worship Him because of fear, this would be unseemly in the sanctified Court of His presence, and could not be regarded as an act by thee dedicated to the Oneness of His Being. Or if thy gaze should be on paradise, and thou shouldst worship Him while cherishing such a hope, thou wouldst make God‘s creation a partner with Him, notwithstanding the fact that paradise is desired by men. (For) that which is worthy of His Essence is to worship Him (alone) for His sake, without fear of fire, or hope of paradise.” For, “there is no paradise, in the estimation of the believers in the Divine Unity, more exalted than to obey God’s commandments, and there is no fire in the eyes of those who have known God and His signs, fiercer than to transgress His laws and to oppress another soul, even to the extent of a mustard seed. For, “Paradise is (the) attainment of His good-pleasure and (the) everlasting hell-fire His judgement through justice.” Again we see that heaven and hell are not being looked at or explained in the more traditional sense, but more as a state of mind or being we find ourselves in or that we strive for. “O LORD! Thou art the Remover of every anguish and the Dispeller of every affliction. (And) Thou art He Who banisheth every sorrow and setteth free every slave, the Redeemer of every soul;” Eventually, every soul can and will be redeemed, at His desire and good pleasure, even from hells fires. “Thou seest Paradise and the inmates thereof; Thou beholdest the realm below and the dwellers thereof. All are but Thy servants and are held within Thy grasp.” Here, we see God is connected with man where ever he finds himself, indicating that heaven and hell are not real, physical places, but states of being: “I affirm that no Paradise is more sublime for My creatures than to stand before My face and to believe in My holy Words, while no fire hath been or will be fiercer for them than to be veiled from the Manifestation of My exalted Self and to disbelieve in My Words.” “Indeed no paradise is more glorious in the sight of God than attainment unto His good-pleasure.” Again, we see, that heaven and hell are not to be taken literally, as physical places. “O LORD! Thou art the Remover of every anguish and the Dispeller of every affliction. Thou art He Who banisheth every sorrow and setteth free every slave, the Redeemer of every soul.” Here again, The Bab hints at the possibility that God will eventually redeem every soul or retrieve, each and every person, from the dark pit of hell! For, “In Him I have found my paradise, and in the observance of His law I recognize the ark of my salvation,” so all of us, again, will eventually be brought out of hell, again by His discretion! -all destined for “the fruits of the Paradise of His good-pleasure;” so we see, that heaven again, is not thought to be a physical place, but the fruits of The Creator’s desires and good pleasure; where all people will eventually abide; “exalt the downtrodden, enrich the poor, and redeem the fallen.” For, “this mortal life is sure to perish; its pleasures are bound to fade away and ere long ye shall return unto God.” So, our bodies will soon fail and be discarded and soon we will only be of the spirit! “The soul of man is immortal; it survives physical death. The goal of the individual during his life, should be to develop those spiritual qualities and attributes which will enhance the soul in its eternal journey. Heaven is thus interpreted as the state of possessing those qualities and Hell as being bereft of them.” “I swear by Him Who createth all beings and unto Whom all shall return, if anyone at the hour of death beareth hatred towards Me or disputeth the clear tokens wherewith I have been invested, then naught but afflictive torment shall be his lot. On that day no ransom will be accepted, nor will any intercession be permitted, unless God so please, and “in very truth, on that Day (there is no) helper except God, The Exalted.” It is all up to our Creator, period, not the sordid whims of humans, it is up to Him to choose to forgive and bring the disbelievers into heaven! “THERE is no paradise, in the estimation of the believers in The Divine Unity, more exalted than to obey God’s commandments, and there is no fire in the eyes of those who have known God and His signs, fiercer than to transgress His laws and to oppress another soul.” “The day will come when ye will earnestly desire to know that which would meet with the good-pleasure of God, but alas, ye shall find no path unto Him.” For, “We shall therefore, banish thee from Our presence, as a token of justice on Our part, Verily we are equitable in Our judgement.” This is tantamount to what Baha’is view hell to be for mankind and not a fiery pit as some people envision. “The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion. This hath been God’s method in the past, and shall continue to be in the future!” “We enjoin thee to save thyself and all the inhabitants of that land from the fire, then to enter the peerless and exalted Paradise of His good-pleasure.” (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 12, 15, 16, 29, 33, 41, 44, 75, 77, 78, 79, 82, 86, 87, 98, 100, 101, 102, 107, 110, 136, 147, 154, 157, 159, 161, 178, 191, 193, 215 and Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 509 and Moojan Momen, The Babi and Baha’i Religions, p. xxiv)
The Bahá’í Faith: “Know thou, that I have wafted unto thee all the fragrances of holiness, have fully revealed to thee My word, have perfected through thee My bounty and have desired for thee, that which I have desired for My Self. Be then content with My pleasure and thankful unto Me.” “We, verily, desire for you naught save what shall profit you, and to this bear witness all created things, had ye but ears to hear.” “I confess that Thou hast no desire except the regeneration of the whole world, and the establishment of the unity of its peoples, and the salvation of all them that dwell therein.” God desires good for us, and He desires for us what He desires for Himself, and so He desires heaven for us. “There is no God, but One God, and all the Messengers, from the beginning to the Seal of the Prophets (Muhammad) were sent on the part of, The True One!” “May be raised; the flag’ (may the flag be raised) – of the oneness of the world of humanity, be unfurled, the melody of universal peace may reach the ears of the East and the West, (may the melody of universal peace be unfurled and reach the ears of the east and the west), all the paths may be cleared and straightened, all the hearts may be attracted to the Kingdom of God (and all the paths be cleared and straightened and all hearts be attracted to The Kingdom of God)!” This paragraph was written in a Spanish prose or format. I have added statements in parenthesis, within this paragraph, for those people who are not familiar with Spanish prose; to help those people who are not familiar with Spanish writing, make sense out of what is being said. “I desire for you, such a spiritual effulgence as will give you power to make ideal advancement and enter The Kingdom of El-Abha (enter heaven).” “I beg of God to illumine you with the light of His love so that you may enter into The Kingdom and draw nigh unto The Threshold.” “Enable Thy servants, O my God, to discover the things Thou didst desire for them in Thy Kingdom.” “Day and night I pray to Heaven for you that strength may be yours, and that, one and all, you may participate in the blessings of Bahá’u’lláh, and enter into The Kingdom.” “Issue forth from your habitations and bid the people enter The Kingdom of God, The Lord of the Day of Judgement.” “O beloved of God! Is there any giver save God? He chooseth for His mercy whomsoever He desireth. He shall open unto you the doors of His knowledge, fill your hearts with His love, rejoice your spirits by the wafting of His holy fragrances, illumine your faces by the Manifest Light and elevate your names among the people.” “Verily, thy Lord is The Mighty, The Powerful! He reviveth whomsoever He wisheth by the spirit of righteousness, and granteth unto whom He wisheth great bounty, (He) guideth whom He wisheth unto the path of life, and confirmeth whom He desireth in attaining The Kingdom of God.” “Any soul that enters The Kingdom of BAHA’U’LLAH will enjoy an eternal communion with God. It is my hope that each of you may enter This Kingdom.” For, “The light of God is verily shining in the face of the man who is of The Kingdom, spiritual, heavenly, divine.” Clearly God desires heaven for us, Baha’u’llah repeatedly tells us this. But, “if man does not become the recipient of the heavenly bestowals and spiritual bounties, he remains in the plane and kingdom of the animal; they are captives of nature, unconscious of the spiritual world, uninformed of the divine Kingdom and unaware of heavenly bestowals.” For man, “although he possesses all the virtues of the lower kingdoms (animal kingdom, etc…), he is further endowed with the spiritual faculty, the heavenly gift of consciousness.” “There he witnesses and realizes that the world of nature is a world of gloom, whereas The Kingdom (Kingdom of The Spirit), is a world of radiance; the world of nature is a world of defects, The Kingdom (heaven), is a realm of perfection; the world of nature (the physical world) is a world without enlightenment, the Kingdom of spiritual humanity is a heaven of illumination.” “If no fruits of The Kingdom appear in the garden of his soul, if he is bereft of divine bounties, spiritual susceptibilities and heavenly glad tidings, man is not in the image and likeness of God; but if those fruits are forthcoming, he becomes the recipient of ideal bestowals and is enkindled with the fire of the love of God.” “If his morals become spiritual in character, his aspirations heavenly and his actions conformable to the will of God, man has attained the image and likeness of his Creator; otherwise, he is the image and likeness of Satan.” “Therefore, Christ hath said, ‘Ye shall know them by their fruits.’” “What are the fruits of the human world? They are the spiritual attributes which appear in man. If man is bereft of those attributes, he is like a fruitless tree.” “One whose aspiration is lofty and who has developed self-reliance will not be content with a mere animal existence. He will seek the divine Kingdom; he will long to be in heaven although he still walks the earth in his material body, and though his outer visage be physical, his face of inner reflection will become spiritual and heavenly.” “Until this station is attained by man, his life will be utterly devoid of real outcomes. The span of his existence will pass away in eating, drinking and sleeping, without eternal fruits, heavenly traces or illumination — without spiritual potency, everlasting life or the lofty attainments intended for him during his pilgrimage through the human world.” “It is my wish that you shall arise to live according to these teachings and exhortations; that all of us may be divinely strengthened, enter the paradise of the spiritual Kingdom, diffuse the lights of the Sun of Truth, cause the waves of this Most Great Ocean to reach all human souls so that this world of earth may be transformed into the world of heaven and this devastated ground be changed into the paradise of Abha.” Again, it is God’s wish that all of mankind join Him in heaven. For, “The Spirit of God is giving eternal life.” “Men have always been taught and led by the Prophets of God; The Prophets of God are the Mediators of God. All the Prophets and Messengers have come from One Holy Spirit and bear the Message of God, fitted to the age in which they appear. The One Light is in them and they are One with each other. But the Eternal does not become phenomenal; neither can the phenomenal become Eternal.” “To man, the Essence of God is incomprehensible, so also are the worlds beyond this, and their condition. It is given to man to obtain knowledge, to attain to great spiritual perfection, to discover hidden truths and to manifest even the attributes of God; but still man cannot comprehend the Essence of God. Where the ever-widening circle of man’s knowledge meets the spiritual world, a Manifestation of God is sent to mirror forth His splendour.” So, “The Essence of God is incomprehensible to the human mind, for the finite understanding cannot be applied to this infinite Mystery. God contains all: He cannot be contained. That which contains is superior to that which is contained. The whole is greater than its parts. Things which are understood by men cannot be outside their capacity for understanding, so that it is impossible for the heart of man to comprehend the nature of the Majesty of God. Our imagination can only picture that which it is able to create.”
But again, God only desires good for His children, “According to Them, Heaven is the state of perfection, and Hell that of imperfection; Heaven is harmony with God’s will and with our fellows, and Hell is the want of such harmony; Heaven is the condition of spiritual life, and Hell that of spiritual death. A man may be either in Heaven or in Hell while still in the body. The joys of Heaven are spiritual joys; and the pains of Hell consist in the deprivation of these joys.” “They say: ‘Where is Paradise, and where is Hell?’ Say: ‘The one is reunion with Me; the other thine own self.”’ “Thy Paradise is My love; thy heavenly home, reunion with Me.” “Think ye of love and good fellowship as the delights of heaven, think ye of hostility and hatred as the torments of hell.” “From the moment the soul leaves the body and arrives in the Heavenly World, its evolution is spiritual, and that evolution is: The approaching unto God. The soul does not evolve from degree to degree as a law — it only evolves nearer to God, by the Mercy and Bounty of God.” “What fire is fiercer on the Day of Reckoning than that of remoteness from the divine Beauty and the celestial Glory?” Clearly we see, in the Baha’i writings, that heaven and hell are not physical places, but spiritual states of mind. “The paradise and hell of existence are found in all the worlds of God, whether in this world or in the spiritual heavenly worlds.” “He (God) does not punish us for our sins and shortcomings, and we are all immersed in the ocean of His infinite mercy. Inasmuch as God is clement and loving to His children, lenient and merciful toward our shortcomings, why should we be unkind and unforgiving toward each other? As He loves humanity without distinction or preference, why should we not love all?” Than, “What fire is fiercer on the Day of Reckoning than that of remoteness from the divine Beauty and the celestial Glory?” The Creator does not wish hell and destruction on us, we do that to ourselves, without even realizing it! God is All-Loving and All-Merciful and filled with forgiveness; and so, “it is even possible that the condition of those who have died in sin and unbelief may become changed; that is to say, they may become the object of pardon through the bounty of God, not through His justice; for bounty is giving without desert, and justice is giving what is deserved.” (Baha’i Faith: Paris Talks, pp. 23, 66, 95, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 19, 24, 66, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 244, Divine Philosophy, p. 99, Tablets of the Divine Plan, pp. 78, 129, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v1, pp. 50, 70, 207, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp. 177, 258, 315, 316, 332, 335, 461, Baha’i World Faith – pp. 323, 329, 386, The Arabic Hidden Words 70 and The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 75, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 198, Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 132 and The Arabic Hidden Words, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 44, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 243 and Baha’u’llah, Dr. J.E. Esslemont, Baha’u’llah and the New Era, p. 190)
So you hopefully clearly see now, God absolutely does want us with Him in heaven, all of humanity, not just a few certain, select individuals; which we hear from all of His divine religions. What He doesn’t appear to want, is us burning away in hell, burning alive for all of eternity; which of-course is not a real, true scenario, because hell like heaven is not a real, true physical place, but a spiritual place, which I have hopefully clearly demonstrated now to all of your satisfactions; because God truly wants our spirits in heaven with Him, not suffering in hell; whatever hell may actually be!
In the Bahá’í Faith, it is accepted, that God is, in truth, a good loving Father, not some maniacal being who purposely goes out of His way to make mankind suffer, and who has ultimately arranged some terrible, everlasting, unbearable end that even some of the worst humans on this planet would find unjust. If we humans would consider this ending to be unjust, how can we attribute this kind of behavior to a God who is Love and Justice incarnate? It would be a grave injustice for a Creator, who knows absolutely everything to even create one soul, who He knowingly, is going to condemn to agonizing suffering for all eternity in burning fire; it would have been best to have never created that soul in the first place; and where would God’s all merciful essence play into any of this? God Who, all of His religious writings tell us, is mercy incarnate! Lamentations: 3:33 “For He (God) doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.” 3:34 “To crush under His feet.” For, “He does not punish us for our sins and shortcomings!“ “The station of God is mercy, kindness, forgiveness, sacrifice, favor, grace, and giving life to the spirits and lighting the fire of His love in the hearts and arteries.” “God is mercy, God is justice, God is life, etc, etc…” A God who is all mercy Himself would not create even one soul, who is going to suffer such a terrible fate; nor would He allow those who go the hell, do to their actions in this life, to remain in hell, whatever that may be, without making an eventual way for that soul to come out of this anguish; not to do so, goes completely against any form of true justice. “They say: ‘Where is Paradise, and where is Hell?’ Say: ‘The one is reunion with Me; the other thine own self.”’ Therefore, “it is even possible that the condition of those who have died in sin and unbelief may become changed; that is to say, they may become the object of pardon through the bounty of God.” (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v1, p. 65 and Foundations of World Unity, p. 102, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 315 and The Baha’i World Faith, p. 329 and Tablets of Baha’u’llah p. 118)
“Light must be spread afar, so that, in the school of humanity, all may acquire the heavenly characteristics of the spirit, and see for themselves, beyond any doubt, that there is no fiercer hell, no more fiery abyss, than to possess a character that is evil and unsound; (that there is) no more darksome pit, nor loathsome torment, than to show forth qualities which deserve to be condemned.” (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 136)
So God, by whatever name He may be going by, in this world: God, Jehovah, I AM That I AM, Yahweh, I AM, Allah, Ahura Mazda, The First Life, Haiyi, The Most Great Spirit, Vishnu, Brahma, Indra, Agni, The Un-born One, The Un-created One, and any number of other names He may be going by, etc…, but one thing is for certain; He wants you in heaven with Him, no matter what religion you may hail from! Christians, no matter what their clergy might say, do not own exclusive rights to heaven, God does; and all of His religions, including Christianity, tell us this truth. But these statements found within the holy writings of The New Testament are also true: Acts: 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other.” John: 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life.” And, John: 14:6 “no man cometh unto The Father, but by me.” For you see, as I hopefully demonstrated earlier, the spiritual essences of Jesus was and is to be found in all of the other holy manifestations of God, and theirs in him: 1 Peter: 1:11 “The Spirit of Christ, which was in them [i.e. the other manifestations; again the repeated, returning nature of the prophets;]” which is what makes these statements true. There is an inherent unity and oneness, among all of God’s holy manifestations, through the presents of God, that is to be found inside each and every one of His holy manifestations; which again, makes these statements true. For, these statements were made with this truth about God and His Divine Teachers in mind; as a test to see if mankind can see beyond the mere physical words and look into the spiritual nature found within His Holy Words. The prophets/manifestations are one with each other; and it is actually God Who is, granting salvation and heaven unto mankind: His heaven, His paradise, His creation, His choice, no one else’s!
Humanity is saved and granted salvation and admittance into heaven by God’s desires, all of His religions, tell us this truth; individuals only need to read into the writings of the other religions of The Creator to see this truth: Judaism: Psalms: 3:8 For, “salvation belongeth unto The LORD (Alone), (not unto the ideas and manipulations of mankind)!” Christianity: Luke: 3:6 “And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Islam: 119. “With Allah, that is the great Salvation.”(The Qur’an Yusuf Ali, Surahs 5) Zoroastrianism: The “men who worship Ahura Mazda, salvation be to this man.” “May the absolute ruler Ahura grant it.” (The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 62) Hinduism: For, “the people obtain the most liberal aid for their salvation, (from) Thee, Indra (Brahma/Vishnu/God).” (Vedas, Rig Veda – Book 10) Buddhism: “Brahma; only desires good benefit for us, [i.e. our salvation].” (The Buddha, Tevigga Sutra and Diamond Sutra) Sabeanism: For, “Thou wilt be a Helper, Saviour and Guide” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 58) The Babi Faith: And, “O Lord! Thou art the Redeemer of every soul. ~ Grant deliverance through Thy mercy.” (Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 193) And The Bahá’í Faith: “I confess that Thou hast no desire except the regeneration of the whole world, and the establishment of the unity of its peoples and the salvation of all them that dwell therein.” (Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 243) So clearly mankind is receiving his salvation from God, and likewise, man is also being drawn toward heaven, by that same God: Christianity: Luke: 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom, (heaven).” So, Luke: 3:6 “all flesh shall see the salvation of God (The Lord).” 1 Timothy: 2:3 “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;” 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved,” 4:10 “Who is the Saviour of all men,” for 1 Thessalonians 5:9 ‘God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation.” Judaism: Isaiah: 64:4 For, “since the beginning of the world, men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He (God) hath prepared for him; (that waiteth for him).” 45:17 “Be saved in The LORD with an everlasting salvation!” 45:22 “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I Am God, and there is none else.” Ezekiel: 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith The Lord GOD!” Islam: 67. “Ye desire the lure of this world and Allah desireth (for you) the Hereafter (paradise).” (The Qur’an Pickthall, Sura 8) 67. “Ye look for temporal goods of this world; but Allah looketh (wishes for you) the hereafter (heaven/paradise).” 10. For, “their Messengers said: ‘Is there a doubt about Allah, The Creator of the heavens and the earth?’” “It is He Who invites you, in order that He may forgive you your sins and give you respite.” (The Qur’an Yusuf Ali, Surahs 8 and 14) Zoroastrianism: 21. “I created, O Spitama Zarathushtra! good renown and salvation of the soul;” 22. “that is to say, good renown in this world and salvation of the soul in the next.” And “I will (aid him and) bring his soul over the Bridge of Chinvat, I who am Ahura Mazda, (God) (I will help him to pass over it) to Heaven (the best life),” Hinduism: 3. “To heaven’s light, most excellent, I offer,” 3. “This treasure of heaven, (Brahma, Vishnu, God’s gift, and creation for man),” “He, The Lord, with power to give, The light of heaven.” Buddhism For “Brahma (God) only desires that which is of good benefit for us;” “no beings are left outside by the will of the Tathagatas; some day each and every one will be influenced by the wisdom and love of the Tathagatas and ascend the stages of heaven.” Sabeanism: “To every man whose term of life is over Thou wilt be a Helper, Saviour and Guide.” “I (Haiyi/God), will take his hand and be his Saviour and Guide to the great Place of Light and to the Everlasting Abode; (Heaven). The Babi Religion: “God hath cherished, and will ever cherish, the desire that all men may attain His gardens of Paradise, (heaven), with utmost love, that no one should sadden another, not even for a moment, and that all should dwell within His cradle of protection and security.” The Bahá’í Faith: “Know thou, that I have wafted unto thee all the fragrances of holiness, have fully revealed to thee My word have perfected through thee My bounty and have desired for thee, that which I have desired for My Self. Be then content with My pleasure and thankful unto Me.” “We, verily, desire for you naught save what shall profit you, and to this bear witness all created things, had ye but ears to hear.” “I confess that Thou hast no desire except the regeneration of the whole world, and the establishment of the unity of its peoples, and the salvation of all them that dwell therein.” God The Creator, desires good for us, and He desires salvation and heaven for us, for all of us; all of His religions tell us this truth, but it will take reading on our parts to see this truth. But it must also be remembered, when reading these scriptures, that man has also taken it upon himself to tamper with God’s writings, to make them better suited for his own desires. Example: Many books were left out of the New Testament, because somebody, in the past, didn’t like what they had to say. Some of these books were even books by the various apostles themselves; but someone decided, for you, that you didn’t need to see, hear or read these things. The New Testament, like the writings of all of the other religions, started out as a collection of various texts and writings, and not as the single book or volume, that you are familiar with today. These various texts, books and teachings were brought together to form the book we read today; only that book was also tampered with. If you can manage to get your hands on an older bible and compare its words with the words found within the bibles of today, you will see this; I am only warning you! The thing is, this has also happened to the writings of some of the other religious books as-well. None of these books started out as a singular volume, but started out as collections of writings, teachings and memories; that then had to be gathered together; which were then also tampered with. But it is these works, that eventually formed the nexus for the modern books we now read in the religions of today.
It also needs to be understood, that different teachings were also needed and given out to different groups of people along the way. The teaching given to those individuals wondering through a desert world, would be somewhat different than those teachings given out to people living in cities, with civilization spread out around them. Example: “Laws embodying drastic punishments were enacted by Moses — an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. The penalty for theft was amputation of the hand. These laws and penalties were applicable to the degree of the Israelite people of that period, who dwelt in the wilderness and desert under conditions where severity was necessary and justifiable. But, in the time of Jesus Christ this kind of law was not expedient; therefore, Christ abrogated and superseded the commands of Moses.” Matthew: 5:38 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:” 5:39 “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” The material, worldly laws or the laws that help man interact with one another, in this world, would not necessarily be the very same laws, between one religion and another: “The social laws and regulations applicable to human conduct, (the material laws or nonessential laws, laws not related to the spiritual development of the soul),” “it is these laws that are subject to change and transformation according to the exigencies and requirements of time and place.” (Bahá’í Faith: Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 56 and Baha’i World Faith, p. 274) Hebrews: 8:7 “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.” 8:8 “For finding fault with them, He saith, behold I will make a new covenant;” 8:13 “in that He saith, A new covenant, He hath made, the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” Ecclesiastes And so, 3:15 “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.” 3:17 “for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” 66. “Say, Not mine is the responsibility for arranging your affairs;” 67. “For every Message is a limit of time, and soon shall ye know it,” “everything has its fixed time.” 106. “None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar. (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 2, 6 and Hadith, Bukhari Vol 8, 77 # 599) 11. “Mark those commandments which Ahura Mazda (God) hath ordained.” 2. “Making straight the paths for the Religion of the future Deliverer which Ahura ordained.” 47. “He wields his power according to the wish of Ahura Mazda, the Good Spirit,” and “among beings Ahura Mazda has known the excellence (lit. something better).” (Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta -Yasna 30, 53 and Avesta Fragments and The Khorda Avesta – Book of Common Prayer pt. 1) For, “All things change! Know that qualities and changes of them are by Nature wrought.” (Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr)) For, “Among all the Buddhas there is a sameness of Buddha-nature, there is no distinction among them, except as they manifest various transformations according to the different dispositions of beings who are to be disciplined and emancipated by various means.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra) “It will be given day by day; behold us who stand in Thy name and are upheld by Thy name.” (Sabeanism Ginza Rba chapters 75) “So the nonessential laws are subject to change with each new manifestation and each new revelation from The Creator, but the essential spiritual laws; the laws that help our souls develop the spiritual attributes of The Creator, would all stay the same. It is, in-fact, these laws that help unite all of the religions of The Creator, into one religion. For you see “The religion of God has two aspects in this world. The spiritual (the real) and the formal (the outward). The formal side changes, as man changes from age to age. The spiritual side which is the Truth, never changes. The Prophets and Manifestations of God bring always the same teaching; at first men cling to the Truth but after a time they disfigure it. The Truth is distorted by man-made outward forms and material laws. The veil of substance and worldliness is drawn across the reality of Truth.” “The second kind of ordinances in the divine religions (are) those which relate to the material affairs of humankind. These are the material or accidental laws which are subject to change in each day of manifestation, according to exigencies of the time (and) conditions and differing capacities of humanity.” For, “All the Prophets and Messengers have come from One Holy Spirit and bear the Message of God, fitted to the age in which they appear.” (The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 106 and Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 56)
These are just a few things to keep in mind, if any of you decide to delve into the writings of the various religions for yourselves, as I did. These are all religions coming from The One Same God, The Creator. They may not seem like it; especially listening to some of the things some of these people say; especially those people who are trying to lead people astray and cause divisions within the human race! But these religions still all come from The One Same God. You just can’t listen to the words of some of these people and just believe everything that you hear. You need to look for yourselves and come to your very own conclusions; because some people act and talk in ways, that are completely opposite to what their Holy Writings, actually teach and have to say! We are seeing a lot of this in this world of today; and you just, absolutely, can not watch the actions of some of these fanatical, unbalanced people or listen to the warped, twisted things they have to say, and than actually judge the teachings of the religion they profess to believe in! These people have bent, warped and twisted the true, actual words and teachings of their religious books completely or simply just completely ignored the real, true, actual words, writings and teachings of their books! This is the only way that these people can be doing and saying the things that they are doing and saying, in this world of today; because the things that they are doing and saying, are all, pretty much, completely in opposition to their real, true, actual religious teachings and writings. But the only way you will ever really know this, for sure, is if you take the time and actually investigate into their religious books and writings for your very own selves; which is actually what The Creator is actually instructing all of us to do, in the first place; here take a look and see for yourselves, I have listed a few of His quotes on this subject, below:
Christianity: John: 5:39 “Search the scriptures.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good,” So, 5:15 “follow that which is good! 1 Corinthians 2:10 For, “The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
Judaism: Lamentations 3:40 “Let us search.” Isaiah 34:16 “Seek ye out of the book of The LORD, and read:” Deuteronomy 27:26 For, “Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words.” Proverbs 2:5 “Then shalt thou understand the fear of The LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”
Islam: 121. “Those to whom We have sent the book study it as it should be studied;” 48. “To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety; so judge between them by what Allah (God) hath revealed, and follow not vain desires, diverging from the truth that hath come to thee.” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 2 and 5)
Zoroastrianism: “Hear the best with your ears, and discern by pure mind. Choose the ought, man by man (every man), for his own self. “One should rely on his own conviction, and not allow himself to be drifted by the opinions of others.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 87 and 197)
Hinduism: 2.44 “By study comes communion with The Lord.” 106. “(To study) this (work) is the best means of securing welfare, it increases understanding.” (Hindu, Laws of Manu chapter 1 and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)
Buddhism: “Get into the habit of affirming that things are just so, and not otherwise,” “wisely investigate.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra and The Eightfold Path)
Sabeanism: “If thou readest (investigate into the word), read as it is written; be careful; make enquiry.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 70, 74)
The Babi Religion: “TAKE heed to carefully consider the words of every soul, then hold fast to the proofs which attest the truth.” “investigate the matter,” “seek ye whole-heartedly!” (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 62, 133 and The Dawn-Breakers, p. 580)
The Bahá’í Faith: And than, “The first teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is the duty incumbent upon all to investigate reality. What does it mean to investigate reality? It means that man must forget all hearsay and examine truth himself, for he does not know whether statements he hears are in accordance with reality or not. Wherever he finds truth or reality, he must hold to it, forsaking, discarding all else; for outside of reality there is naught but superstition and imagination.” (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 62)
We should now be able to clearly see, that God is telling us, in all of His religions, to investigate truth for ourselves and then come to our very own conclusions. That way we will know what we know, and not, unknowingly, be led around by people with poison minds or people who are blind, and just don’t know what the truth is. Because, The Creator wants us to actually be well informed, and actually come to our own conclusions, and come to Him of our very own volition and actually know what His covenant and agreement with us actually is. Because, 1 John: 2:21 “No lie is of the truth.” John: 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Proverbs: 22:21 “Know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth.” 256. “Truth stands out clear from error,” 26. “Hold to the truth!” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 2, 70) “Salvation be to this man who worships Thee in verity and truth,” “who speaks truth.” (The Zend-Avesta, Yasna and Avesta – Vendidad) “Knowing Truth, thy heart no more Will ache with error, for the Truth shall show All things.” (Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr)) “Those who imagine truth in untruth and see untruth in truth never arrive at truth, but follow vain desires. Those who know truth as truth and untruth as untruth arrive at truth and follow true desires.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards)) “Arm me against all that is evil: be for me a bulwark against rebels (bad people) and a Hand of Truth against the destructive powers of this world.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 410) “TAKE heed to carefully consider the words of every soul, then hold fast to the proofs which attest the truth.” “See the real truth and then hold on to it.” (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 133 and The Dawn-Breakers, p. 514) So, “Take fast hold of justice and adhere unto equity that perchance thou mayest not, for selfish motives, use religion as a snare, nor disregard the truth.” “Lofty is the station of man, were he to hold fast to righteousness and truth.” “So let us one and all hold fast to truth, and we shall be free indeed!” (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, pp. 42, 219 and Abdu’l-Baha, The Paris Talks, p. 120)
And so, real knowledge of the truth is something that is extremely important for us, and is something He truly desire for us: that way thou “shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbour.” (Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words p. 2) That way you will come to your own conclusions, and not rely on someone else to make your decisions for you. So truth, as you should now be able to clearly see, is something that is of extreme importance to us in this world and the next.
And so in review, holding to the words of truth that we have pulled out of The Creator’s holy teachings and writings; that we might discover the truth that lies hidden therein. We should now be able to clearly see for ourselves, that all of the religions of God are in-fact one religion, and that all of the Holy Manifestations/Messengers of The Creator are absolutely one and unified with each other; and so therefore, all of His Divine Teachers and Messengers teach the very same essential truths, in all of His religions; and so all of His Holy Manifestations/Messengers are in-fact ways to His Holy Writings and Teachings, and so all of His Divine Teachers are, in-fact, actual ways to The Creator Himself: God, Allah, Jehovah, Ahura Mazda, Brahma, Vishnu, Haiyi, The First Life, The Un-created One, The Most Great Spirit, etc, etc… Also, in doing all of this research, it should have also became quite evident to the reader, that The Creator, in creating us, absolutely desires for us to join Him in heaven, and be with Him. Also it should be evident that He really does not desire our punishment: For, “He (God) does not punish us for our sins and shortcomings, and we are all immersed in the ocean of His infinite mercy. Inasmuch as God is clement and loving to His children, lenient and merciful toward our shortcomings.” “They say: ‘Where is Paradise, and where is Hell?’ Say: ‘The one is reunion with Me; the other thine own self!”’ For, “What fire is fiercer on the Day of Reckoning than that of remoteness from the divine Beauty and the celestial Glory?” And, “it is even possible that the condition of those who have died in sin and unbelief may become changed; that is to say, they may become the object of pardon through the bounty of God.” (Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace p. 315, Baha’i World Faith, p. 329 and Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 132 and Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 55) And so, Genesis: 18:25 “Shall not The Judge of all the earth do right?” And my response to this statement is yes, He will, and He has done right by us; it just takes people opening up their eyes and hearts, and truly looking!
I was out traveling the other day, when I drove by a Christian church, and out on their marquee they had displayed the question, “where will you spend eternity,” and the first question that came to my mind for the persons who had displayed the words of this question was just where will these people really spend eternity, because a lot of the people who talk like this, like to talk the talk, but many of them fail to walk the walk. And my question to them is what have they really done to deserve the heaven they are talking about for their eternal home. What are they doing to make this world a better place for the people in it, and just what are they doing to make peoples lives better, besides dictating demands on them, as we see so much of nowadays.
Whatever you do in this world, whether a job or acquiring education, do it with the thought of making things better in this world; like you are actually worshiping The Creator by your actions for what you are doing: Judaism: Job: 36:24 “Remember that thou magnify His work, which men behold, (that) every man may see it.” Psalms: 37:3 “Trust in The LORD, and do good.” 37:27 “Depart from evil, and do good.” 125:4 “Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.” Proverbs: 16:3 “Commit thy works unto The LORD. and thy thoughts shall be established.” Exodus 33:19 “Be gracious, and shew mercy,” and, Proverbs 3:3 “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee.” Zechariah: 7:9 “Thus speaketh The LORD of Hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassion every man to his brother” 7:10 “And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.” Leviticus 19:11 “Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.” Genesis: 5:1 “In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God, made He him;” 5:2 “male and female created He them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam;” God didn’t even make a distinction between man and woman in name, when He created them, man later did. Judges 4:4 “And Deborah, a prophetess, — judged Israel,” demonstrating a certain amount of equality between males and females at that time. So than, 19:20 “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of The LORD, that shall stand,” that, 19:22 “The desire of a man is his kindness:” than, Isaiah 26:7 “The way of the just is uprightness.” 56:1 “Thus saith The LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed.” Psalms 24:4 “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully (one who is virtuous).”24:5 “He shall receive the blessing from The LORD.” 37:7 “Rest in The LORD, and wait patiently for Him.” Proverbs 29:7 “The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.” 19:17 “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto The Lord; and that which he hath given will He pay him again.” Deuteronomy 15:7 “If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which The LORD Thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother; 15:8 but thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need:” For, Ecclesiastes: 3:12 “I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.” 1 Samuel: 2:3 “Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth.” Exodus: 22:21 “Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him;” Leviticus: 19:18 “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Proverbs: 24:17 “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth;” 25:21 “If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink;” 31a. “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men.” The Talmud, Shabbat. Numbers: 10:32 “do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.” Malachi 2:10 “Have we not all one Father? hath not one God created us?” Psalms 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Zechariah: 8:19 “Thus saith The LORD, love the truth and peace.” Isaiah: 32:17 “And the work of righteousness shall be peace.” 57:19 “Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith The LORD.” 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace.” 54:13 “And all thy children shall be taught of The LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” 26:12 The “LORD, Thou wilt ordain peace.” 52:7 “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace.” Micah: 4:1 “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of The LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.” 4:2 “And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of The LORD, and to the house of The God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of The LORD from Jerusalem.” 4:3 “And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more;” 4:4 “for The Mouth of The LORD of Hosts hath spoken it.” Hosea: 2:18 “And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.” Numbers: 25:12 “Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant (agreement) of peace.” Christianity: Romans: 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,” 12:9 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” 12:10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” 12:11 “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving The Lord.” 12:17 “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.” 1 Timothy: 2:1 “I exhort therefore, lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Colossians: 3:9 “Lie not one to another.” Romans: 13:13 “Let us walk honestly.” 12:18 “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Mark: 9:50 “Have peace one with another.” Acts: 10:36 “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace, by Jesus Christ:” Luke: 2:13 “On earth peace (and) good will toward men.” 9:56 “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” Matthew: 26:52 “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” 5:5 “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Romans: 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” 14:19 “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace.” So, Hebrews: 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” 2 Corinthians: 13:11 “Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and The God of love and peace shall be with you.” 1 Timothy: 2:3 “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;” 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12 “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:” Mark 12:31 “…..Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself…..” Hebrews 13:1 “Let brotherly love continue.” Romans: 12:20 “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink.” Matthew: 7:12 “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” Luke: 6:31 “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” 5:44 “I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” 5:45 “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Galatians 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men.” Mark 12:31 “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” 1 John 4:21 “He who loveth God love his brother also.” Ephesians: 4:1 “I therefore beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.” Colossians: 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and The Father.” 3:23 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to The Lord, and not unto men.” 1 Corinthians: 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to The Glory of God.” Titus: 2:12 “We should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” 2:14 zealous of good works.” 3:1 “Be ready to every good work,” 3:2 “speak evil of no man, be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” 3:8 “Be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” John 8:31 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, (which were males and females). If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;” Jesus treated women equally and respectfully in his ministry. Mark 16:9 “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene.” 16:10 “And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.” Jesus appeared first to a woman, and she went and informed the rest of the disciples that he was risen. This does not show a lack of credibility or respect on the part of Jesus for women; but that he holds females in high regards. Acts: 5:14 “And believers were the more added to The Lord, multitudes both of men and women.” Both men and women were sought out and taught the word of The Lord by Jesus’ disciples. 1 John 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” 1 Timothy: 1:5 “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:” 6:17 “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;” 6:18 “That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;” 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all your things be done with charity.” We are to be charitable with our possessions. 6:19 “Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 John: 3:17 “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” James: 2:15 “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” 2:17 “Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” Philippians: 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Luke 6:36 “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.” Colossians 3:12 “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, be patient toward all men;” 2 Corinthians 6:6 “By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,” Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Islam: Letter 31. “Advise people to do good and to live virtuously. Let your words and deeds teach the world lessons of how to abstain from wickedness and vicious deeds.” “You should be a source of comfort, love and respect.” 10. “The believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between contending brothers.” 39. “To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), which means, 227. “defend themselves only after they are unjustly attacked.” 61. “But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace.” 16. “Wherewith Allah guideth all who seek His good pleasure to ways of peace and safety, and leadeth them out of darkness, by His Will, unto the light, guideth them to a Path that is Straight.” 23. “Allah is He, than whom there is no other god — The Sovereign, The Holy One, The Source of Peace (and Perfection).” 9. “If two parties among the Believers fall into a quarrel make ye peace between them with justice, and be fair, for Allah loves those who are fair (and just).” 25. “Allah doth call to the Home of Peace.” 7. “It may be that Allah will grant love (and friendship) between you and those whom ye (now) hold as enemies: for Allah has power (over all things); and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” 2. “Help ye one another in righteousness and piety.” 224. “And make not Allah’s (name) an excuse in your oaths against doing good, or acting rightly, or making peace.” 27. “The Lord’s displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquility.” So, 7. “let there be peace and tranquility for all the creatures of Allah.” “enter not into conflict.” “See the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body.” “Those who have the same religion as you have; they are brothers to you, and those who have religions other than that of yours, they are human beings like you. Men of either category suffer from the same weaknesses and disabilities that human beings are inclined to, they commit sins, indulge in vices either intentionally or foolishly and unintentionally without realizing the enormity of their deeds. Let your mercy and compassion come to their rescue and help in the same way and to the same extent that you expect Allah to show mercy and forgiveness to you.” “Do unto others as you wish others to do unto you.” “Whatever you like for yourself, like for others, and whatever you dislike to happen to you, spare others from such happenings.” “The Prophet said, ‘None of you will have faith till he wishes for his brother what he likes for himself.”’ 8. “Feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive;” 43. “and be steadfast in prayer and practice regular charity.” 119. “O ye who believe! fear Allah and be with those who are true (in word and deed).” 42. “Cover not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know (what it is)” 15. “For in Allah’s sight are (all) His servants, (male and female).” 10. “The believers are but a single Brotherhood.” 13. “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (and love each other, not that ye may hate, despise and dictate over each other).” 19. “Mankind was but one nation, but differed (later).” Thus: 25. “The Sacred Mosque, which We have made (open) to (all) men — equal is the dweller there and the visitor from (any) country.” 19. “O ye who believe! ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should ye treat them with harshness…. live with them on a footing of kindness and equity (equality).” 97. “Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily, to (him or her) will We give a new life, a life that is good and pure, and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions (man or woman equally).” And, 9. “those who believe and do deeds of righteousness hath Allah promised forgiveness and a great reward.” 23. “Those who believe and work righteousness, and humble themselves before their Lord — they will be Companions of the Garden (heaven), to dwell therein for aye!” 35. “For Muslim men and women — for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity for men and women who fast, for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise — for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward.” 162. “Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah (God), the Cherisher of the Worlds.” So, 8. “keep in remembrance the name of The Lord and devote thyself to Him wholeheartedly.” “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and worship Allah in the forenoon and in the afternoon and during a part of the night, and always; (In everything you do).” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 22, 26, 33, 43, 49, 59, 60, 70, 73, 76, Letters from Nahjul Balaagh, Hadith, Bukhari Vol 8, Book 73, # 40 and Vol 8, Book 76, Number 470 and Masnavi Vol 1) Zoroastrianism: 4. “I desire with my voice the thoughts well thought, and the words well spoken, and the deeds well done,” 1. “Strive after the good thoughts, words, and deeds.” “Virtue is not a matter of thoughts and words. It must find expression in acts.” “Live uprightly according to the Right.” “Be it known that the usage of the good faith is to do good and virtuous deeds.” “The religion that does not purify character hardly deserves to be called religion.” “Oil that extinguishes the lamp, is not oil it is water.” “Religion is mere pretension if no care is taken for the formation of character.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 458 and 658) “Man or woman, O Mazda who for My sake, sticks to what You told to be the best asset of life (virtue) for virtue and nonchalance through conscience, and those whom I associate in Your worship, with all of them, I would cross the Chinvat bridge.” “There is no discrimination against anybody. Everyone, man or woman, can cross the Chinvat bridge if he (or she) sticks to conscience, rectitude and nonchalance.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 532 and 534) Denkard. Zoroaster, “The man ought not to be considered better than the woman.” “Maha Ratu Zarathustra enjoins love for the whole of mankind. One who does not love man, does not really love God. It should be realized that one soul resides in all. Thus one should be a friend to everyone. This social service, which is the concrete of the life of the individual, is not to be confined to any particular country but should extend throughout the world to the whole of humanity.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 547 and 548) The “brotherhood of man is the idea that appealed to Him (Mazda/God) most. And that is the only meaning of the Service of the soul of the world.” “For if God is the one Father of all men then all men are equal.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 549 and 550) “Mazda is not the God of any particular tribe. The doors of Mazda are not closed to foreigners. So soon as anyone of them becomes fit he is to be included in the fold.” “Love of God is calculated to remove the distinction between one nation and another.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 542 and 544) “Love attracts, while fear repels. Thus love is the principle of unity, unity with God and unity with men.” “When men love and help one another to the best of their power they derive the greatest pleasure from loving their fellow-men.” “The religion of the Gatha is the religion of love, and Mazda is the friend of men.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 500, 507 and Denkard) 7. “Violence must be put down! against cruelty make a stand.” 5. “May Sraosha (Obedience) conquer disobedience within this house, and may peace triumph over discord here, and generous giving over avarice, reverence over contempt, speech with Truthful words over lying utterance. May the Righteous Order gain the victory over the Demon of the Lie.” “Strive for the good and fight against the evil, but without losing equanimity of the mind and without any malice towards the evil doer and leave the result to Mazda.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 777) “None desires inequity to his own self. Thus one should not do to others, what he does not desire for himself.” “Do to others as you would that they should do to you.” “Do not do to others that which you would that they would not do to you.” (Zoroaster, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 230 and 816) “A conscience virtuous man can convert an enemy into a friend.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 67) Denkard. Zoroaster, “The soul is for righteous principles, and wealth for helping the afflicted, and ingenuity for perseverance.” “The will of the Lord is the law of holiness: the riches of Vohu-Mano shall he given to him who works in this world for Mazda, and wields according to the will of Ahura the power he gave him to relieve the poor.” “Thus therefore do we worship Ahura Mazda (God).” “Whatever I may happen to do, that is Your worship.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 615) “By all that he does, O Mazda, the sage accomplishes Your worship (all his work is worship).” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 282) (The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasnas 3, 48, 50, Hymns of Atharvan p. 187, The Zend-Avesta, Khorda Avesta – Book of Common Prayer pt. 1 and Visperad and Denkard) Hinduism: “Find full reward Of doing right in right! Let right deeds be Thy motive, not the fruit which comes from them.” 96. “To be mothers were women created, and to be fathers men; religious rites, therefore, are ordained in the Veda to be performed (by the husband) together with the wife (in equity).” 232. “Let (them) always be good in thoughts, speech, and actions.” 11. “Let (them) live the pure, straightforward, honest life,” 334. “For virtue is the highest duty.” 2.36 “When one is firmly established in speaking truth, the fruits of action become subservient to him.” 2.37 “All jewels approach him who is confirmed in honesty.” “Arise, become great, stand upright, be thou firm;” in all trustworthiness. 32. “Let him act with justice,” 8. “be patient of hardships, friendly (towards all),” “unto friends and unto foes alike in tolerance;” “of collected mind, ever liberal and never a receiver of gifts, and compassionate towards all living creatures.” “Deal with others as thou wouldst thyself be dealt by. Do nothing to thy neighbour which thou wouldst not have him do to thee after.” 8. “Learn that sacred law which is followed by men learned (in the Veda) and assented to in their hearts by the virtuous, who are ever exempt from hatred and inordinate affection.” 3. “Whatever is given should be given with faith, not without faith,-with joy, with modesty, with fear, with kindness.” 226. “Let him, without tiring, always offer sacrifices and perform works of charity with faith.” “Be subdued, Give, Be merciful, Subduing, Giving, and Mercy.” For, “fourfold are our human duties: first to study holy lore, Then to live as good householders, feed the hungry at our door, Then to pass our days in penance, last to fix our thoughts above, But the final goal of virtue, it is Truth and deathless Love!” On all alike, 9. “and speaketh out for brotherhood.” “Be united, be in harmony, in affection, Radiant, with kindly thought, Clothed in food and strength, United have I made your minds, your ordinances, your hearts.” (Be ye a) “Helper to his brother men.” 9. “Men seek Thee as a Father with their prayers, win Thee, bright-formed, to brotherhood with holy act.” 6. “Show love and kindness here below.” “Better to live on beggar’s bread With those we love alive, Than taste their blood in rich feasts spread, And guiltily survive!” Than, 2.30 “Self-restraint in actions includes abstention from violence, from falsehoods, from stealing, from sexual engagements, and from acceptance of gifts.” 2.35 “When one is confirmed in non-violence, hostility ceases in his presence.” And, peace reigns supreme. “Krishna uttered words of wisdom pregnant with his peaceful thought, For in peace and not by bloodshed,” “Yield to Krishna’s words of wisdom, for Thy weal he nobly strives, Yield and save thy friends and kinsmen, save.” “May union and peace be ours.” “Peace earned through a united world.” “Who doeth all for Me; who findeth Me In all; adoreth always; loveth all Which I have made, and Me, for Love’s sole end.” “Equally loving all that lives, loves well.” “Do all thou dost for Me! Renounce for Me! Sacrifice heart and mind and will to Me! Live in the faith of Me! In faith of Me All dangers thou shalt vanquish, by My grace.” “Whatever thou doest, eating or sacrificing, giving gifts, Praying or fasting, let it all be done For Me,” “Regard as true Renouncer him that makes Worship by work. So is that well said: By works the votary doth rise to faith.” (Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapters 2, 6, 9, 11, 14, 18 and Laws of Manu chapters 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11 and Vedas, Rig Veda – Books 2, 10 and Mababharata (R. Dutt, abridged tr, Hindu, Vedas, Rig Veda – Book 1, Vedas, Yajur Veda – Kanda IV, Kanda V, Kanda VII and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2 and Upanishads vol. 2, Taittiriyaka-Upanishad, Upanishads vol. 2, Brihadaranyaka-Upanishad Part 3) Buddhism: “In the practice of all good deeds, disciples should never indulge in indolence (idleness, being lazy). They should, therefore, be indefatigably zealous and never let even the thought of indolence arise in their minds; but steadily and persistently out of deep compassion endeavor to benefit all beings.” (Buddha, Diamond Sutra) “The Lord Buddha replied to Sabuti, saying: Truly a most excellent theme. Attend diligently unto me and I will enunciate a Truth whereby the mind of a good disciple, whether man or woman, seeking to attain supreme spiritual wisdom shall be adequately sustained and enabled to bring into subjection every inordinate desire.” (Buddha, Diamond Sutra) “Good disciples, whether men or women, should thus arrange their thoughts instinct or intelligence, -from these changeful conditions of being, I urge you to seek deliverance in the transcendental concept of Nirvana.” (Buddha, Diamond Sutra) “Not until all discrimination is abandoned is their perfect emancipation.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra) 1. Though, “even if the thoughtless can recite many of the scriptures, if they do not act accordingly, they are not living the holy life.” 2. “Even if he does not quote appropriate texts much, if he follows the principles of the Teaching by getting rid of greed, hatred and delusion, deep of insight and with a mind free from attachment, not clinging to anything in this world or the next – that man is a partner in the Holy Life.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 and 2 (tr, Richards)) “Wrong living as wrong, and right living as right, one practices Right Understanding and in making efforts to overcome wrong living, to arouse right living, one practices Right Effort and in overcoming wrong living with attentive mind, and dwelling with attentive mind in possession of right living, one practices Right Attentiveness. Hence, there are three things that accompany and follow upon right living, namely: right understanding, right effort, and right attentiveness.” ((The Eightfold Path), Buddha, the Word (The Eightfold Path)) “Practice kindness and compassion on all alike with no discrimination what-so-ever.” “Even in one’s speech and especially in one’s teachings one must practice kindness, for, no teaching that is unkind can be the teaching of the Buddha. Unkindness is the executioner of the life of wisdom. (Buddha, Surangama Sutra) 12. “Arise; do not be thoughtless. Follow the path of virtue. The virtuous rest in bliss in this world and in the next. Follow the path of virtue; do not follow the wrong path. (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards)) “Lay members should abstain from all unkindness, stealing, unchastity, lying, duplicity, slander, frivolous talk, covetousness, malice, currying favor and false teachings. Disciples should strictly observe all the precepts given by the Tathagatas, they should endeavor, by their example, to induce all beings to abandon evil and practice the good.” (Buddha, Diamond Sutra) 24. “The gift of the Truth beats all other gifts. The flavor of the Truth beats all other tastes. The joy of the Truth beats all other joys, and the cessation of desire conquers all suffering.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards)) “One should cherish ideals of charity, good behavior, patience, zeal, thoughtfulness and wisdom. Even in the worldly life the practice of these virtues will bring rewards of happiness and success.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra) 13. “The wise man who takes pleasure in giving is thereby happy hereafter.” 17. “If asked for little one should give. One may go, by these three means, To the presence of celestials.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddhas 1 and 3 (tr. J. Richards)) “We (must) constantly seek to realize our Mind-essence with wisdom; that we refrain from all evil; that we do all kinds of good acts with no attachment to the fruit of such action;” (Buddha, sixth patriarch) “The true Samana who is seeking the way to Brahma, let him have thoughts of love everywhere throughout the whole world pervading with thoughts of love far reaching, beyond measure, all embracing. Regard all with mind set free and filled with deep felt love. this is the way to a state of union with Brahma. Be filled with thoughts of pity, sympathy and equanimity far reaching beyond measure all embracing even for all things that have form or life with deep felt pity, sympathy and equanimity not one is set aside.” (Buddha, Tevigga Sutra) “He has cast away ill-will; he dwells with a heart free from ill-will; cherishing love and compassion toward all living beings,” ((The Eightfold Path), Buddha, the Word (The Eightfold Path)) “The ‘Analysis of the Body,’ and the Contemplation on the Buddha, the Law, the Holy Brotherhood, Morality, etc., will…. produce Neighborhood-Concentration.” ((The Eightfold Path), Buddha, the Word (The Eightfold Path)) “Not until all discrimination is abandoned is their perfect emancipation.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra) 20. “Pluck out your desire, like one does an autumn lotus with one’s hand. Devote yourself to the path of peace, the nirvana proclaimed by the Blessed One.” 26. “Abandoning violence to all living creatures moving or still, he who neither kills or causes killing – that is what I call a brahmin.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards)) 1. “Occasions of hatred are certainly never settled by hatred. They are settled by freedom from hatred. This is the eternal law.” “15. There is no happiness greater than peace.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards)) “The primary cause of pure unity of enlightenment that has existed from the beginning of time is compassion, purity, harmony, likeness, permanency and peace.” “Cast away Restlessness and Mental Worry; dwell with mind undisturbed, with heart full of peace,” “There is no Happiness greater than peace.” (The Eightfold Path, Dhammapada and Buddha, Surangama Sutra) “Joyful and faithful in the doctrine of the Buddha, the mendicant finds peace, the joy of ending natural existence.” “The mendicant who lives in friendliness with confidence in the doctrine of the Buddha will find peace, the blessed place where existence ends.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards)) “Even in time of dispute and quarrel, we should treat intimates and enemies alike and never think of retaliation.” (Buddha, Sixth Patriarch) “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varqa, 5:18. 14. “Not to speak harshly and not to harm others, self restraint in accordance with the rules of the Order (moral laws), moderation in food, a secluded dwelling, and the cultivation of the higher levels of consciousness – this is the teaching of the Buddhas.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards)) “There is no joy higher than peace.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards)) Than, 26, “The Truth Sublime Which the Awakened One proclaimed, Devotedly should one revere Him.” In all we do we should revere Him devoutly.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 3 (tr. J. Richards)) Sabeanism: “If right is different than wrong, then their retribution also must be different. They cannot lead to the same goal. The distinction between right and wrong is fundamental to man. Man lives under the power of supreme reality of moral distinctions and of their absolute significance. To invalidate the hypothesis would be to invalidate the life which is based upon it.” “To each according to the works of his hands It is awarded.” “Every man who toiled and was long-suffering shall come and take with both hands, But he who did not toil nor endure, Standeth empty in the House of Dues,” without the action of good deeds to assist him in his time of need. “He will seek but will not find, And ask, but naught will be given him, Because he had in his hand and gave not,” His deeds will not suffice him to salvation leaving him in desperation, wanting what he cannot have. Avoid his mistakes! “Be careful; make enquiry, display kindness, show compassion,” perform works of righteousness. “Strive with a pious and believing heart for the love of precious Truth.” “The names of righteous and believing people Will be established in the Place of Light.” “We will walk therein with the gait of righteous and believing men.” “Every man who giveth (charity) will be made to shine (doubly) On the day of deliverance.” “Diffuse Thy light over all who love.” For Thy sake do we love all that liveth, humanity is one in love. “Love the great Family of Life (all humanity).” “We will pray with Thee the ‘uthras’ prayer and ask of Thee, of the Great (Life, Haiyi or God), a petition for ourselves, for our friends, for our friends’ friends and for those who love the great Family of Life.” “Praise Thee, for amongst them all hatred, Envy and dissensions exist not.” “Bliss and peace there will be on the road which Adam attained,’ ‘My vigilance and praise,’ ‘Go in peace, chosen, pure and guiltless one,”’ “display kindness, show compassion,” on all alike, the friend and the foe. “I shall be pure in all my words (thoughts); and life,” and do no harm to others. (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 1) “Do not forget your Lord in your thoughts. In your coming in and your going out be careful not to forget your Lord. In your coming and going, be careful not to forget your Lord. In your sitting and your standing be careful not to forget your Lord. In your resting and your lying down be careful not to forget your Lord.” “The Mandaean religion stresses the importance of the active role of women in life since she constitutes half of society. Man and woman are equal creatures in the greatest miracle of heavenly creation. All the holy books including the Ginza Rba emphasize that the Great Creator created all creatures. He created Adam and Eve by His power, from clay, and created them as two equals. The woman is a symbol of fertility, regeneration and the cornerstone of the family and its happiness.” (Sabeanism, Instruction of Adam) (Sabeanism, Adam, Seth son of Adam and Ginza Rba- chapters 24, 74, 75, 76, 77, 123 and Sabeanism, Mandaean, in the name of the Great Life (Haiyi/God) Babi Religion: “The days when idle worship was deemed sufficient are ended. The time is come when naught but the purest motive, supported by deeds of stainless purity, can ascend to the throne of the Most High and be acceptable unto Him.” “It behoves each one of you to manifest the attributes of God, and to exemplify by your deeds and words the signs of His righteousness, His power and glory. The very members of your body must bear witness to the loftiness of your purpose, the integrity of your life, the reality of your faith, and the exalted character of your devotion.” “Purge your hearts of worldly desires, and let angelic virtues be your adorning. Strive that by your deeds you may bear witness to the truth of these words of God.” “You who are His spiritual children must by your deeds exemplify His virtues, and witness to His glory.” “It behoves each one of you to manifest the attributes of God, and to exemplify by your deeds and words the signs of His righteousness, His power and glory.” “The hand of Omnipotence has, in this day, separated truth from falsehood and divided the light of guidance from the darkness of error.” And, “truth can in no wise be confounded with aught else except itself; nor can error be confused with Truth, if ye do but reflect upon the testimony of God, the True One.” “Become as true brethren in the one and indivisible religion of God, free from distinction, for verily God desireth that your hearts should become mirrors unto your brethren in the Faith, so that ye find yourselves reflected in them, and they in you. This is the true Path of God, the Almighty, and He is indeed watchful over your actions.” “O ye that are invested with the Bayan! Denounce ye not one another, ere the Day-Star of ancient eternity shineth forth above the horizon of His sublimity. We have created you from one tree and have caused you to be as the leaves and fruit of the same tree, that haply ye may become a source of comfort to one another. Regard ye not others save as ye regard your own selves, that no feeling of aversion may prevail amongst you so as to shut you out from Him Whom God shall make manifest on the Day of Resurrection. It behooveth you all to be one indivisible people; thus should ye return unto Him Whom God shall make manifest.” “To each you will convey the expression of My love and tender affection. You will strive to inflame their hearts anew with the fire of the love of the Beauty of God; a flock the different members of which love each other so bitterly.” “Bábísm may be defined as a creed of charity, and almost of common humanity. Brotherly love, kindness to children, courtesy combined with dignity, sociability, hospitality and freedom from bigotry,” “I am bidden by Him to instill into men’s hearts the ennobling principles of charity and love, and to refrain from all unnecessary violence. My aim and that of my companions is, and ever will be, to serve our sovereign loyally and to be the well-wishers of his people.” “So great shall be your faith that should the enemy mutilate and tear your body to pieces, in the hope of lessening by one jot or tittle the ardour of your love, he would fail to attain his object.” “No one should sadden another, not even for a moment.” “Love, (is) the mainspring of every energy; tolerance towards each other, desire of understanding each other, knowing each other, helping each other, forgiving each other.” “You must neither defraud your neighbour nor allow him to defraud you. Such was the way of your Master.” “He indeed desireth that under all conditions, all may be adorned with such purity, both inwardly and outwardly, that no repugnance may be caused even to themselves, how much less unto others.” “He characterized as an emphasis on compassion, mercy, association with all peoples, trustworthiness towards all men, and the unification of mankind.” “O PEOPLES of the earth! Verily the resplendent Light of God hath appeared in your midst, invested with this unerring Book, that ye may be guided aright to the ways of peace and, by the leave of God, step out of the darkness into the light and onto this far-extended Path of Truth.” “May the peace of God be with those who have been guided aright through the power of divine guidance. He is God, the Supreme Ruler, the Sovereign Truth, He Whose help is implored by all.” “O LORD! Unto Thee I repair for refuge and toward all Thy signs I set my heart. O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee.” “Fear not, nor be Thou grieved, for indeed unto such as have responded to Thy Call, whether men or women, We have assured forgiveness of sins, as known in the presence of the Best Beloved.” “Verily We are equitable in Our judgement.” “It would be far more heinous a deed to sadden the hearts of the faithful, whether men or women, than to lay waste the sacred House of God.” The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, pp. 91, 92, 93, 260, 302, 313, 544, 553, 553, 600 and 663 and (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 14, 35, 54, 56, 60, 80, 86, 127, 133, 160 and 193 and Peter Smith, The Babi & Baha’i Religions, p. 82) Baha’i Faith: “Guidance hath ever been given by words, and now it is given by deeds. Every one must show forth deeds that are pure and holy, for words are the property of all alike, whereas such deeds as these belong only to Our loved ones. Strive then with heart and soul to distinguish yourselves by your deeds. In this wise We counsel you in this holy and resplendent tablet.” (Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words) “Bahá’u’lláh states there must be equality of man and woman. He has declared that in the estimation of God there is no distinction of sex. The one whose heart is most pure, whose deeds and service in the Cause of God are greater and nobler, is most acceptable before the divine threshold — whether male or female.” (Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace) “Whosoever has a pure heart and renders good deeds is nearer to God.” (Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 300) “Among the teachings of His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh is the equality of women and men. The world of humanity has two wings — one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women becomes equal to the world of men in the acquisition of virtues and perfections, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be.” (Baha’i World Faith p. 288) “I, therefore, pray to God that you, (human kind) may be strengthened in good deeds.” (Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 457) “In the sight of God sex makes no difference. He or she is greatest who is nearest to God.” (Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 104) “O people of God! Do not busy yourselves in your own concerns; let your thoughts be fixed upon that which will rehabilitate the fortunes of mankind and sanctify the hearts and souls of men. This can best be achieved through pure and holy deeds, through a virtuous life and a goodly behavior. Valiant acts will ensure the triumph of this Cause, and a saintly character will reinforce its power. Cleave unto righteousness, O people of Baha! This, verily, is the commandment which this wronged One hath given unto you, and the first choice of His unrestrained Will for every one of you.” (Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 93) “The essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds; he whose words exceed his deeds, know verily his death is better than his life.” (Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 156) “Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer to the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility. We pray God to protect thee from the heat of jealousy and the cold of hatred. He verily is nigh, ready to answer.” (Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 93) “In the estimation of the people of Baha man’s glory lieth in his knowledge, his upright conduct, his praiseworthy character, his wisdom.” (Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 67) “Strive to attain nearness to reality through the acquisition of strength of character, through morality, through good works and helping the poor, through being consumed with the fire of the love of God and in discovering each day new spiritual mysteries.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 99) “O people of God! Adorn your temples with the adornment of trustworthiness and piety.” (Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 135) “When we speak let our speech be an outward evidence of the inner light, for we must speak the truth, otherwise we shall not act wisely.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 103) “Be ye trustworthy on earth, and withhold not from the poor the things given unto you by God through His grace.” (Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 54) “Charity is pleasing and praiseworthy in the sight of God and is regarded as a prince among goodly deeds….. Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.” (Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 71) “Let us have love and more love, a love that melts all opposition, that sweeps away all barriers, that conquers all foes, a love that aboundeth in charity, large-heartedness, tolerance, and noble striving, a love that triumphs over all obstacle, a boundless, an irresistible, sweeping love! Ah me! Each one must be a sign of love, a center of love, a sun of love, a star of love, a palace of love, a mountain of love, a world of love, a universe of love! Hast thou love? Then thy power is irresistible. Hast thou sympathy? Then all the stars will sing thy praise.” (Compilations, Baha’i Scriptures, p. 454) “The divine purpose is that men should live in unity, concord and agreement and should love one another” (Baha’i World Faith p. 245) “Equality and Brotherhood must be established among all members of mankind. This is according to Justice. The general rights of mankind must be guarded and preserved. All men must be treated equally. This is inherent in the very nature of humanity.” “Let us be united and love one another.” (Abdu’l-Baha in London, pp. 28 and 61) “Our greatest efforts must be directed towards detachment from the things of the world; we must strive to become more spiritual, more luminous, to follow the counsel of the Divine Teaching, to serve the cause of unity and true equality, to be merciful, to reflect the love of the Highest on all men, so that the light of the Spirit shall be apparent in all our deeds, to the end that all humanity shall be united, the stormy sea thereof calmed, and all rough waves disappear from off the surface of life’s ocean henceforth unruffled and peaceful. Then will the New Jerusalem be seen by mankind, who will enter through its gates and receive the Divine Bounty.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 87) “O people of the world, ye are all the fruit of one tree and the leaves of one branch. Walk with perfect charity, concord, affection, and agreement.” (Abdu’l-Baha, A Traveller’s Narrative, p. 42) “Enkindle with all your might in every meeting the light of the love of God, gladden and cheer every heart with the utmost loving-kindness, show forth your love to the strangers just as you show forth to your relations.” (Baha’i World Faith p. 353) “Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 15) “The principle or teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is the proclamation of the oneness of the world of humanity — that all are servants of God and belong to one family; that God has created all and, therefore, His bestowals are universal; and that His providence, training, sustenance and loving-kindness surround all mankind.” (Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 106) “A fundamental teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is the oneness of the world of humanity. Addressing mankind, He says: “Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.” By this it is meant that the world of humanity is like a tree, the nations or peoples are the different limbs or branches of that tree and the individual human creatures are as the fruits and blossoms thereof. In this way His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh expressed the oneness of humankind.” (Baha’i World Faith p. 246) “In the days of old an instinct for warfare was developed in the struggle with wild animals; this is no longer necessary; nay, rather, co-operation and mutual understanding are seen to produce the greatest welfare of mankind.” (Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 19) “As the East and the West are illumined by one sun, so all races, nations, and creeds shall be seen as the servants of the One God. The whole earth is one home, and all peoples, did they but know it, are bathed in the oneness of God’s mercy. God created all. He gives sustenance to all. He guides and trains all under the shadow of his bounty. We must follow the example God Himself gives us, and do away with all disputations and quarrels.” (Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 38) “Discord will change to accord, dissension to unison. The roots of malevolence will be torn out, the basis of aggression destroyed. The bright rays of union will obliterate the darkness of limitations, and the splendours of heaven will make the human heart to be even as a mine veined richly with the love of God.” (Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 19) “Now must the lovers of God arise to carry out these instructions of His: let them be kindly fathers to the children of the human race, and compassionate brothers to the youth, and self-denying offspring to those bent with years. The meaning of this is that ye must show forth tenderness and love to every human being, even to your enemies, and welcome them all with unalloyed friendship, good cheer, and loving-kindness.” (Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 21) “Bahá’u’lláh has clearly said in His Tablets that if you have an enemy, consider him not as an enemy. Do not simply be long-suffering; nay, rather, love him. Your treatment of him should be that which is becoming to lovers. Do not even say that he is your enemy. Do not see any enemies. Though he be your murderer, see no enemy. Look upon him with the eye of friendship. Be mindful that you do not consider him as an enemy and simply tolerate him, for that is but stratagem and hypocrisy. To consider a man your enemy and love him is hypocrisy. This is not becoming of any soul. You must behold him as a friend. You must treat him well. This is right.” (Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 267) “O son of man! If thine eyes be turned towards mercy, forsake the things that profit thee, and cleave unto that which will profit mankind. And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself.” (Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 29) “O SON OF BEING! Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not. This is My command unto thee, do thou observe it.” (Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words) “Wish not for others what ye wish not for yourselves; fear God, and be not of the prideful.” (Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 72) “Bahá’u’lláh had also in His writings given a most important place to Art, and the practice of skilled trades. He had stated that the practice of an Art or Trade in the true spirit of service was identical with the worship of God.” (Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 71) “As thou enterest a school of agriculture and strivest in the acquisition of that science thou art day and night engaged in acts of worship — acts that are accepted at the threshold of the Almighty. What bounty greater than this that science should be considered as an act of worship and art as service to the Kingdom of God.” (Baha’i World Faith p. 377) “It is enjoined upon every one of you to engage in some form of occupation, such as crafts, trades and the like. We have graciously exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship unto God, the True One. Ponder ye in your hearts the grace and the blessings of God and render thanks unto Him at eventide and at dawn.” (Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 26)
Anyway, we are to supposed to try and make a positive difference, in our lives, and within the world and in the lives of the people in this world, by our actions in this life; or we are to try and make this world a better place for people to live in, by our actions in this life. That is one of the things, that living a Godly, holy life, in this world, is all about.
But some of the people, living in this world, seem to feel that with all of the dire problems associated with this life, and plaguing this world; that they just want to throw up their hands in desperation and despair, believing, with just cause, that the terrible problems plaguing this world have just gone way too far out of control and are just too far beyond their capability of having any possible way of effecting any real positive change in this world, for them to have any real positive effect on. And with all of the truly negative, debilitating problems, assaulting and debasing the world of today, there is true reason for this belief; but lets just take a look at how things got this bad, in the first place, before we throw up our hands, and just give up.
There is a saying that “if you put a frog in boiling water it will immediately jump out, but if you put a frog in lukewarm water and gradually raise the temperature of the water, it will just sit there till it slowly boils alive.” Well the world is like the frog sitting in lukewarm water, only the lukewarm water, in reality, is the problems of the world, and when you raise the heat or increase the problems in the world or raise the severity of the problems in the world; we humans just sit there in our quagmire of worldly problems and dilemmas, slowly being roasted alive or being destroyed by all of these vile worldly problems that are arising and assailing us from all sides. There is also another saying that I keep hearing from a lot of people, and that is, things were better in the world, in the past, than they are today; and each generation of kids is worse than the generation before it, and each generation of teens and young adults are worse than the generation before it; and I find that I have to wholeheartedly agree with these people, and say things were generally, morally and ethically better in the world of yesteryear than they are in the world of today. And the reason for this is that, when problems arise in this world or bad things we don’t really like or want in the world appear, the masses of people slowly and regrettably accept them or at least learn to tolerate them. Well the next generation of children see these problems already in the world, and grow up accepting these problems as a natural part of or product or phenomena of the world, that has always been a part of the world they know. They don’t see the problems as something that just came about, just a few years before them, and they just accept things the way they are, because they haven’t seen better in the world. And this process of worsening, deterioration within the society of mankind has continued over the years, on this downward spiral, with each new generation of people seeming to get progressively, morally worse, with the depravity and decadence of society seeming to be increasing in the world, with each new generation of human beings, with no end to this moral destruction, decadence and decay in the world, in sight for mankind in the foreseeable future of humanity.
For example, this desire and demand some people have for the freedom of speech above and beyond all other concerns and considerations in today’s society! Well, in this day and time, I find myself, at times, wishing for a new amendment to the bill of rights, granting some of us the freedom from speech; or the freedom, for some of us, from having to listen to some of the more uncouth, morally decadent things some of these people say or are allowed to say. In-other-words, allowing some of us to ask some of these completely uncouth people not to say some of the terrible things, some of these people are saying in-front of our children, parents and spouses. I know we are technically supposed to be able to say something to these inconsiderate people about their actions in front of those we are trying to protect, but than some of these people of seemingly slow wit just jump up and say we are trampling all over their 1st amendment rights; when, in reality, they are trampling all over our rights as responsible, caring parents, trying to protect our children. It’s like some of these people grew-up not knowing that you just don’t say some of the things coming out of their mouths, in front of small children or children period, for that matter! Which is actually the case for some of these people in today’s world. This is what many of these people have seen and are seeing continually, and they think this is the right way for people to do things; when they couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Well, it has taken years for some of these people who are wanting to do this to humanity, to purposely brake down human society the way they have; but if humanity and human society can be broken down like this, the way it has been done; being broken down and destroyed in small detrimental increments of destruction, than we, as a caring human society, can start pushing back against this force of immoral, decadence and make the effort to make things better, in the world, regardless of all the resistance coming from the more corrupt or depraved individuals of human society, who seem to be purposely pushing for a world of chaos, disruption and corruption. We have to all do our parts to make things better in the world and quite just blaming other people for the problems in the world and start doing our part to fix things in the world in our own little or big ways. We are one human race living on one world; we need to start acting like it and become the one human family The Creator envisioned for us, and start doing our parts to make the world a better place for all of us; while learning to love and care about one another. Do you really believe that once you cross over to the other side, that this hate you may feel and be harboring in your heart for others because of their skin color, political orientation, sex, religious beliefs, economic status, country they live in, etc, etc, etc, as if some of these people really need a reason to hate; well do you really believe that this hate of yours is going to help you advance and become a better spirit on the other side? The Creator is a God of love not hate, as I have already demonstrated, and shouldn’t need to do it again. If you go there and you are just filled with all of this hate for others; what makes you really think that The Creator really has a place for you around Him or that He and His followers really want you around them; think about it, before you find out the hard way!!!
BY: Edward Jewell
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Christianity: John For, 6:63 “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” So, 1 Corinthians 2:7 “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God (hath) ordained before the world unto our glory:” 2 Corinthians 10:7 “Ye look on the things after the outward appearance?” But, 4:18 “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things, which are not seen: for the things, which are seen, are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” For, 1 Corinthians 2:13 “We speak, not in the words, which man’s wisdom teacheth, but that which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” But, 1 Corinthians 2:14 “The natural man receiveth not the things of The Spirit of God: for they are but foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” John 8:43 “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my words.” Ephesians 3:3 For, “by (this) revelation He (God) made known The Mystery; (God’s Holy Words and Teachings).” 3:4 “Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand (the true inner knowledge, of this mystery)” 3:5 “Which in other ages, was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His Holy Apostles and Prophets by The Spirit (by His True, Spiritual, Essence).” 3:9 “And (now) to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world, hath been hid in (the spirit of) God, who created all things;”
JUDAISM: Proverbs 20:27 “The spirit of man is the candle of The LORD, searching all the inward parts (the spirit within the word).” Zechariah 4:6 “This is the word of The LORD – Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith The LORD of hosts.” 7:12 “The words which The LORD of hosts hath sent in His spirit.” Ecclesiastes 11:5 “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, even so thou knowest not the works (and words) of God.” Isaiah 34:16 “Seek ye out of the book of The LORD, and read, for my mouth it hath commanded, and His spirit it hath gathered them,” 59:21 “My spirit that is upon thee, and my words (God‘s spirit found within The Holy Words).” Hosea 11:4 “For thou hast said, my doctrine is pure, and I am clean in Thine eyes.” 11:5 “But Oh, that God would speak, and open (up) His lips against thee;” 11:6 “And that He would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double (in meaning, in His words) to that which is (the spirit found within the words)!” Hosea 12:10 “I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have (used) multiplied visions, and used similitudes (symbologies, stories), by the ministry of the prophets.” Zechariah 7:11 “But they have refused to hearken (unto My voice) and pulled away (their) shoulders, and stopped (up) their ears, that they should not hear.” “Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law and the words, which The LORD of hosts hath sent in His spirit (unto this people), by the former prophets of The LORD of hosts.”
ISLAM: It is, “The Holy Spirit that has brought the revelation from (Allah, God), Thy Lord in truth, in order to strengthen those who believe, and as a true guide and Glad Tidings.” For, “The Spirit (of the word) cometh by the command of my Lord of (spiritual) knowledge, but it is only a little of the real message of Allah’s word, that is communicated to you, (O men!)” For, “He it is Who showeth you His Signs — but only those receive — who turn (to Allah).” “Call ye, then, upon Allah with sincere devotion to Him, for He is The Lord of the Throne of authority, and by His command doth He send the spirit of inspiration to any of His servants as He pleases, that it may warn men,” and to instruct men in His spiritual word, and as “a Guide and a Message to men of understanding.” “For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with a spirit from Himself.” (Islam, Sarah 16 17 40 and 58) 7. “He (Allah, God), it is Who has sent down to thee The Book (The Qur’an): in it are verses basic, or fundamental, while others are allegorical,” (they are spiritual symbolisms, or parables, not so readily seen, or understood, by the people). For, 58. “This is what We have rehearse unto thee, of the Signs and the Message of Wisdom; this similitude, (semblance or likeness).” So then, 46. “See how We explain the Signs (of Allah), by various (spiritual symbols): Yet they, (the people), turn aside.” 46. “Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts (and minds) may thus learn wisdom, and their ears may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts, which are in their breasts.” For “these are the symbols or (the spiritual, symbolic Verses), of the Perspicuous Book. We have sent it down, as an Arabic Qur’án, in order that ye may learn (true, spiritual) wisdom. 7. Verily in it are Signs (and spiritual symbols) for Seekers (after The Truth).” 24. “Seest thou not how Allah sets forth a parable? — a goodly Word, (a word of spiritual nature and understanding), like a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and it’s branches (that reach) to the heavens — It brings forth it’s fruit, at all times, by the leave of it’s Lord. So Allah sets forth parables for men, in order (to teach them), that they may (grow in the spirit), and receive wisdom and admonition.” “They have eyes to see, but don’t see the true (spiritual) light of Allah when it dawns, and fail to hear the true (spiritual) truth of His words, but, instead, hold onto the literal words of their holy books, failing to see the new light of the spirit of God in the (spiritual) words of the new manifestation, and the new book.” It is, “The Holy Spirit that has brought the revelation from (Allah, God), Thy Lord in truth, in order to strengthen those who believe, and as a true guide and Glad Tidings. Those who believe not in the Signs of Allah, Allah will not guide them, and theirs will be a grievous Penalty.” 99. “The Messenger’s duty is but to proclaim (the Message, the true spiritual word): “They ask thee concerning the Spirit (of inspiration). Say: ‘The Spirit (of the word cometh) by the command of my Lord; of (the spiritual) knowledge, it is only a little that is communicated to you, (O men!)” “Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His (true, spiritual) Light. (For), Allah doth set forth Parables (hidden spiritual teachings), for men to follow; and Allah doth know all things.” And they have indeed, (turned away) and rejected (this true spiritual message from Allah): so they will know soon (enough) the real truth, of what they mocked at! Do they not look at the earth — how many noble things, of all kinds we have produced therein? Verily, in this is a sign (a hidden spiritual truth) but most of them do not believe. And verily, thy Lord is He, Exalted in Might, The Most Merciful.” “Without a doubt, it is (announced) in The Mystic, (Spiritual) Books of the former peoples, (and prophets).” And “Without doubt it is (announced) in the mystic Books of former peoples.” “It will profit them not that they do enjoyed (this life)!” “Seest thou not that they do wander distracted in every valley? 42. “Verily Allah doth know (everything), whatever that they call upon besides Him; and He is Exalted (in power) The Wise. And such are the Parables (the hidden spiritual messages) We set for mankind, but only those understand them, who have Knowledge.” 27. “We have put forth for men, in this Qur’án every kind of Parable, (hidden spiritual message) in order that they (humanity) may receive admonition. (It is) a Qur’án in Arabic, (a book of spirit), without any crookedness (therein): in order that they may guard against Evil.” by His command doth He send the spirit of inspiration to any of His servants as He pleases, that it may warn men,” and instruct men in His spiritual word, 54. “a Guide and a Message to men of understanding.”
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 2, 3, 5, 6, 12, 14, 16, 22, 24, 26, 27, 39, 40 and Hadith, Bukhari Vol 9, Book 93, # 532)
ZOROASTRIANISM: 1. “We present hereby and we make known, That the Gathas (The Holy Writings of Ahura Mazda, God) (may) be to us, our guardians and defenders, and our spiritual food (and spiritual sustenance), yea, which (may) be to us, our very souls, both food and clothing, for such are these Gathas to us; our guardians and defenders, and our (spiritual) food, even such they are, both food and clothing to the very soul of mankind.” Then, 9. “The teacher of evil destroys The Lore, (and perverts and destroys The Spirit of The Holy Word of Ahura, God). He by his false teachings destroys the very design of (spiritual) life and he prevents the possession of Good Thought from being prized. These words of my spirit, then I (do) wail unto you, O Ahura Mazda, and to the Right! And he it is, that destroys and desolates the righteous man.” So than, 3. “the best of teachings, which is beneficent to mankind; Ahura teaches through The Right; Ahura’s Spiritual Word and Teachings. He, The Holy One, even Thyself, O Mazda, that knows the true, secret lore (of right, spiritual thought), through the wisdom of Good Thought;” 6. “And (so) we worship The Holy Zarathushtrian law, and we worship the good Mazdayasnian religion, and the mathra, which is heart devoted and bounteous, (imparting the heart’s devotion); and (so) we worship the Mazdayasnian Religion, maintained in the Understanding of the saint; and we honor that science, which is the Mathra Spenta, and the innate spiritual understanding, Mazda-made, and the derived understanding, heard with ear, and Mazda-made. 7. Yea, we worship Thee O Ahura Mazda, The Holy Lord. And we worship every Holy Spiritual Yazad; and every Holy earthly Yazad (who exists)!” and those who abidest within the true spirit of the Gathas.” “Zarathushtra asked of Ahura Mazda (God): O Ahura Mazda, Thou most Bounteous Spirit! Maker of the corporeal worlds, The Holy One! Which was that word (the message), which Thou didest declare to me, before the sky, before the water, before the earth, before the plants, before the holy man, and before all the incarnate world; even before all the good creatures made by Mazda, and which contain the seeds of righteousness? Thereupon, Ahura Mazda said: The Ahuna-Vairya, O Spitama Zarathushtra, these are the words of spirit, which I pronounced before the creation of this heaven,” “And this Our word, (Our spiritual message), I have proclaimed as a symbol, (The True, Spiritual, Word of Ahura), to be (discovered) and learned, and to be recited, as it were, to everyone of the beings (we humans) under the influence of, and for the sake of Righteousness, The Best!” “This is the word, (even) the whole of this (spiritual) word of Ahura Mazda. He who is the best (of all) Ahura Mazda, (He, ever) the same, (as He is).” “The Zarathushtrian law, and of the long descent of the good, true Mazdayasnian Faith, (the holding in mind and devotion, to the Mathra Spenta, and spiritual knowledge of The True Mazdayasnian Religion), for the propitiation of the real, true understandings, which is, innate, and Mazda-made, and of that, which is heard by the ear; and for Thy propitiation, the Fire’s, O Ahura Mazda’s son! [(Pazand); (yea) thine, the Fire’s, O Ahura Mazda’s son] with all the fires, and for the propitiation of Mount Ushi-darena, the Mazda-made, radiant with sanctity; and of all the Holy Yazads, spiritual and earthly, and all of the Holy Fravashis, the redoubted and overwhelming, those of the ancient lore, and those of the next of kin and of the Yazad of the spoken name!” 9. “The teacher of evil destroys the lore, (perverts and destroys the spirit of the word). He by his false teachings destroys the design of (spiritual) life and he prevents the possession of Good Thought from being prized. These words of my spirit I wail unto you, O Mazda, and to the Right. And he it is, that destroys and desolates the righteous man.” “from This True Spirit have the liars fallen away,” 3. “The best of teachings, which beneficent mankind; Ahura teaches through The Right; Ahura’s Spiritual Word and Teachings. He, The Holy One, even Thyself, O Mazda, that knows the true, secret lore (of right, spiritual thought), through the wisdom of Good Thought;” “which is heard by the ear; and of all The Holy Yazads, spiritual and earthly, and all of All The Holy Fravashis, the redoubted, and overwhelming, those of The Ancient Spiritual Lore, and those of the next of kin, and of the Yazad of the spoken name!” 7. “Yea, we worship thee Ahura Mazda, The Holy Lord. And we worship every Holy Spiritual Yazad; and every Holy earthly Yazad (who exists)!” “making straight the true spiritual paths, for the Religion.” 1. “We present hereby, and we make known, as our offering to the bountiful Gathas, which rule, (as the leading spiritual chants),” “who abidest within the true spirit of the Gathas” “among the spiritual (Yazads).” but, “Not at all, would the spiritual Yazads find support, and stability, in the material world.” (The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasnas 19, 22, 25, 32, 47, 49, 53, 55 and Khorda Avesta – Book of Common Prayer pt. 1)
HINDUISM: 1. “The sacred law, which (is of the spirit), is followed by men learned (in The Veda, The Sacred Writings), and assented to in their hearts by the truly, virtuous, who are ever exempt from hatred and inordinate affection. So then, According to the (sacred spiritual words and teachings) of the revealed texts, The Kudakarman (tonsure) must be performed, for the sake of spiritual merit, by all twice-born men in order to increase his spiritual merit.” 91. The “learned Brahmanas, who know and who study the Veda and desire bliss after death, let him wake and think of (the acquisition of) spiritual merit, arising from the true (spiritual) meaning found in The Veda.” “There be paths shown to this world (through The Holy Word); two schools of wisdom. First The Sankhya’s, which doth save in way of works, prescribed by reason; next, The Yog, which bids attain by meditation, spiritually.” (Hindu, Laws of Manu chap 2, 4 and Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 3)
BUDDHISM: “He (the man), who has no entrapping, clinging desires, to lead him in any direction (other than, the true word and teachings of Brahma, God); The Buddha whose home is in the infinite, the pathless as he is; those wise men, who are much given over to true meditation, and find real true pleasure in the peace of a spiritual way of life, even the devas envy them, (and their knowledge in the ways and actions of the) perfect Buddhas, as recollected as they are. Then, to hear the true spiritual teaching of the Buddha, is difficult, and so the real, true achievement of Buddhahood is very difficult.” “Understand, words carry only an imaginary phenomenal meaning. When The Lord referred to them He never referred to their actual existence He has only used the words as figures and symbols.” “The Blessed One adumbrates (partial disclosure, hint at) in the terms of the Dharma (for the Dharma is), in reality, inscrutable and inexpressible. Being a purely spiritual concept,” “By, Following the Path, (the true teachings and spiritual instructions of The Buddha) will you will put an end to this great suffering, for I have taught you the true way, making the effort is your affair, for The Buddhas have only pointed out the way.” “When a Bhikkhu is restrained of tongue, and quotes wise sayings, and is peaceful, expounding both letter and the spirit (of the word) – his speech is good to hear,” “experiences a more than human joy, when he recognizes the supreme inner, spiritual truth.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards) chapter 14 and Buddha, Diamond Sutra)
SABEANISM: “I came to this congregation of souls, for The Life (Haiyi, God) has sent me forth. There were some who bought my wares (the real actual spirit of my true teachings); those who came to their end and lay down. Those who bought my wares, the eyes (of such a one) were filled with light and (true, spiritual, understanding). Filled with light were his eyes (on) beholding the Great (One, Haiyi, God), in the House of Perfection. There were also, those who did not buy my wares. They went on and reached their final end and lay down they were blind and saw not and their ears were stopped and they heard not, and their hearts were not awakened, to behold The Great One in the House of Perfection. As They called out to them, they answered not (the spiritual call). And when they call who will answer them? Because it was given to them, but they took not, of the spiritual bread; so who will give to them when they ask?” “Lord of The mystic (spiritual) books, Lord of ‘Letters-of-Truth’ The name of The Life (Manda-d-Haiyi, God) and the name of Manda-d-Hiia be pronounced upon thee! The name of the Great Mystic Wellspring (the manifestation) is pronounced upon thee, and the name of the Great Mystery, the true mystic spiritual Word of (Haiyi, God), is pronounced upon thee.” So, “The Great First Word (Haiyi, God), Who assured me of sight in mine eyes. Pour wisdom into my heart! Open the eyes of my True, Spiritual Understanding!” “Wreath is light, its weapon the living (spiritual) word of (Haiyi), and its seal the chosen, pure one (the manifestation of God). Every man who openeth it, (the spiritual word) and readeth (the book and teachings) therein shall live and shall be whole and his name will be set up in The House of Life, in the name of The Great Sublime Life, from the worlds (of light?).” “(The spirit of the Word of Haiyi, God), falleth on the dead man and he liveth again: on the sick man and he stretcheth himself out and is well; on the blind man and (his eyes) are opened up and he sees; on the deaf man and hearing is bestowed, and wisdom, and perception are infused into his soul.” So, “If thou readest, read it, as it is written, Lord of mystic (spiritual) books, Lord of the Letters-of-Truth.” In “The name of The Great Mystery; The True Mystic (Spiritual) Word, is pronounced upon thee.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 24, 63, 89, 90, 171, 173 and 410)
BABI RELIGION: “The generality of the people had made do with its (the words of God’s books) outer literal meaning. For the Bábís its inner meaning stood revealed. As in extreme Shi’i esotericism such meaning was not necessarily related to the obvious meaning of particular words and phrases. At the least, scriptural texts were to be understood in terms of symbol and metaphor (and the possibility of more than one meaning).” “Scriptural texts were to be understood in terms of symbol and metaphor.” “Thus messianic prophecies were not to be literally fulfilled.” Therefore we need to “Cast off dogma and discern the true spirit (of the word) of its founder.” (The Babi and Baha’i Religions, pp. 55 and 109) (Peter Smith, The Babi & Baha’i Religions, p. 37)
BAHA’I FAITH: “All the texts and teachings of the Holy Testaments have intrinsic spiritual meanings. They are not to be taken literally. I, therefore, pray in your behalf that you may be given the power of understanding these inner real meanings of the Holy Scriptures, and may become informed of the mysteries deposited in the words of the Bible, so that you may attain eternal life, and that your hearts may be attracted to the Kingdom of God. May your souls be illumined by the light of the Words of God, and may you become repositories of the mysteries of God, for no comfort is greater and no happiness is sweeter than (the) spiritual comprehension of the divine teachings. If a man understands the real, meaning of a poet’s verses, such as those of Shakespeare, he is pleased and rejoiced. How much greater his joy and pleasure when he perceives the reality of The Holy Scriptures, and becomes informed of the mysteries of the Kingdom!”
Baha’i Faith: “I pray that the divine blessings may descend upon you day by day, that your hearts may be opened to perceive the inner significances of The Word of God. There is no fruit in knowing the mere letters of the Book. Most of the Jews had memorized the texts of the Old Testament and repeated them night and day, but inasmuch, as they were ignorant of the (true) meanings, they were deprived of the bounties of Christ. I pray that you may be quickened by the breaths of The Holy Spirit and illumined, by the rays of The Sun of Truth. May you be favored, with heavenly blessings in The Threshold of God and attain to eternal life. This is my prayer. May God bless and enlighten you.”
(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 459)
Baha’i Faith: “In the spiritual realm of intelligence and idealism there must be a center of illumination, and that center is the everlasting, ever-shining Sun (of) The Word of God.” The “divine things are too deep to be expressed by (mere) common words. (So), The Heavenly Teachings are expressed in parable in order to be understood and preserved, for ages to come. When the spiritually minded (people) dive, deeply into the ocean of their meaning they bring to the surface the pearls of their inner significance. There is no greater pleasure, than to study God‘s Word, with a spiritual mind.” So, “Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover, all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths. Take heed that ye do not vacillate in your determination to embrace the truth of this Cause, a Cause through which the potentialities, of the might of God have been revealed and His sovereignty established.” “Immerse yourselves in this Ocean in whose depths, lay hidden the pearls of wisdom, and of utterance, an ocean that surgeth in My name, The All-Merciful.” “O My servants! Through the might of God, and His power, and out of the treasury of His knowledge and wisdom, I have brought forth and revealed unto you, the pearls that lay concealed, within the depths of His everlasting ocean.” “O My servants! Deprive not yourselves of the unfading and resplendent Light that shineth within the Lamp of Divine glory. Let the flame of the love of God burn brightly within your radiant hearts. Feed it with the oil of Divine guidance, and protect it within the shelter of your constancy. Guard it within the globe of trust and detachment from all else but God, so that the evil whisperings of the ungodly may not extinguish its light.” “O My servants! My Holy, My Divinely Ordained Revelation, may be likened unto an ocean in whose depths are concealed innumerable pearls of great price, of surpassing luster. It is the duty of every seeker to bestir himself and strive to attain the shores of this ocean, so that he may, in proportion to the eagerness of his search, and the efforts, he hath exerted, partake of such benefits as have been preordained, in God‘s irrevocable, and hidden Tablets. If no one be willing to direct his steps towards its shores, if every one should fail to arise and find Him, can such a failure be said to have robbed this ocean of its power, or to have lessened, to any degree, its treasures? How vain, how contemptible, are the imaginations, which your hearts have devised, and are still devising! O My servants! The one true God is My witness! This most great, this fathomless and surging Ocean is near, astonishingly near, unto you. Behold it is closer to you than your life-vein! Swift as the twinkling of an eye ye can, if ye but wish it, reach and partake, of this imperishable favor, this God-given grace, this incorruptible gift, this most potent and unspeakably glorious bounty.” “Arise, then, and make steadfast your feet, and make ye amends for that which hath escaped you, and set then yourselves towards His Holy Court, on the shore of His mighty Ocean, so that the pearls of knowledge and wisdom, which God hath stored up within the shell of His radiant heart, may be revealed unto you….” But, “today the world of humanity is walking in darkness because it is out of touch with the world of God. That is why we do not see the signs of God in the hearts of men.” For,”The power of The Holy Spirit has no influence,” on men today. “This humble servant is filled with wonder, inasmuch as all men are endowed with the capacity to see and hear, yet we find them deprived of the privilege of using these faculties.” (The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 305, Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 171) (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 79 and Baha’i World Faith – p. 254 and Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, pp. 33, 136, 325 and 327 and The Proclamation of Baha’u’llah, p. 8) Judaism: Deuteronomy 29:4 “Yet The LORD hath not given you (them), an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.” Christianity: Acts 4:25 “(the) people imagine vain things;” 5:38 “(and) it will come to nought!“