Posted by: gebs | December 5, 2007

Truth and Religious Pluralism

We all come to believe for different reasons, and thus, we all have different reasons for believing.  These reasons are all subjectively true.  In other words, the reasons we give for believing are true for us.

Despite all this, however, it is still necessary to identify an objective truth which lies beyond all our own subjective truths, and by which our own truth can be measured.  This is a truth which must be recognised, at least hypothetically.  Truths which are more universal are said to be closer to this truth than ones which are only believed by a few.  Only by recognising such a truth can we see the futility and decadence of having beliefs which we claim to be subjectively beyond change.  Through this acknowledgement of a universal truth we are challenged to keep questioning our own beliefs and hence we create the ability and potential for spiritual growth.     

This can be applied to religion and the many different beliefs people have.  Many people have varying beliefs about God and religion, but the closer one gets to spiritual enlightenment and God, the easier it is to converse with others about such things.  If we sit two people down, whose religious beliefs have led them to spiritual enlightenment and a life of goodness and love, then they will be able to speak the same language about spiritual things, although their references might be different due to their differing creeds.  Love has many languages, but it is able to be translated on so many different levels.  A spiritually enlightened Muslim will be able to converse on a meaningful level with a spiritually enlightened Christian, or Jew.  People who discover the transforming truth of the eternal Creator and his infinite grace are able to communicate with all other types of people, despite the differing creeds which define their own belief foundations. 

There are many roads which lead to truth, some being easier than others, yet once found, the language of truth – which is love – is universal in its application and sees beyond the mere boundaries of structured religious beliefs.  Religion seeks to lead people to truth, yet it is not identical with the truth itself.  Differing religious beliefs exist for differing reasons, but there is only one truth behind all creation which makes ALL life possible.  Our aim is to seek this truth, and be transformed by our search and through what we discover.  Our aim is to become universal (truly catholic) beings.         


Responses

  1. here’s my question: what does it mean to say that love has metaphysical existence (i.e., being God)? http://www.deligentia.But do we know??? http://deligentia.wordpress.com

    • It means that love is more than just an idea. Love is real beyond the human mind, and although we can come to have an idea about it, it exists in itself beyond our ideas.


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