Sunday, December 30, 2007

On Maybe Why We Don't Have Religious Peace: Because Each Deity Requires Exclusive Worship - Not!

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Why no peace? Is it because every religion has its own God, and these gods don't want it? Are there many deities, or only one God? Is it the gods who are the problem, or God who is behind our difficulty? Or is the culprit humankind? -gw

Maybe We Don't Have Religious Peace Because Each Deity Requires Exclusive Worship

Listed are a few of the scriptures and their religions concerning peace.

Christianity: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."
Confucianism: "Seek to be in harmony with all your neighbors ... live in peace with your brethren."
Buddhism: "There is no happiness greater than peace."
Hinduism: "Without meditation, where is peace? Without peace, where is happiness?"
Islam: "God will guide men to peace. If they will heed Him, he will lead them from the darkness of war to the light of peace."
Taoism: "The wise esteem peace and quiet above all else."
Sikhism: "Only in the name of the Lord, do we find our peace."
Judaism: "When a man's ways please the Lord, He maketh even His enemies to be at peace with Him."
Jainism: "All men should live in peace with their fellows. This is the Lord's desire."
Zoroastrianism: "I will sacrifice to peace, whose breath is friendly."
Baha'i: "War is death while peace is life."
Shinto: "Let the earth be free from trouble and men live at peace under the protection of the Divine."

A bit of irony here. These religions have striking differences on the outside and in the eyes of others, but in their spirit they carry the same message.

Ester Davis, United Press International.
Re-posted by Zardoz X: Hope you're well, happy and prospering.

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