In reply to my comment here, I got the reply below. Unfortunately, thanks to a glitch I don’t understand, I accidentally deleted it. WordPress has this little button/gizmo that supposedly makes it easier to reply to a comment.
That button/gizmo works okay when using it doesn’t delete the comment I am trying to reply to. Anyway, I have decided to stop using it.
Fortunately, I had a window open with that comment displayed. So, I copied it. Here it is.
The Indian philosophy gives space to your thought, it is called anekantavada(many-sidedness), the idea that truth is recognized differently in different points of view, and that none of the views are entirely true. Historically it has been established by many western scholars also, that almost all the world religions are based on two Indian scriptures Rig Veda and Yogasutras of Patanjali (unfortunately they have become Indian, but they are the oldest scriptures in the world, and the origin of humanity).
Yes, there is God, but it does not play a major role in an individual’s life. Because as you said that we are part of the same God. That is the reason, at the time of the beginning of the manifestation, we were one and all, a singularity. It is called collective consciousness. It is a very abstruse subject and meant for the evolved souls only. Now don’t start jumping that I am accusing of not being evolved. Maybe you are evolved, and I am not.
When commented on my blog, I was thoroughly puzzled. How do I respond? Rather than rush in where angels fear to tread, I took care of other matters. Eventually, I remembered what the Apostle Paul had said to the Athenian philosophers.
Acts 17:22-34 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Sermon on Mars Hill
Paul shared the Gospel. Without arrogance or worldly pride, he simply spoke of Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected.
We all have some access to the Truth. We can see what God has made, and we can know His law because He has stamped the knowledge of right and wrong upon our hearts. The Gospel, however, is a revelation He has given to His disciples to share. It is our opportunity to boast in Him, not ourselves. It is our opportunity to make new disciples for His glory.
Without the knowledge given to us by the Bible, what don’t we know?
- We don’t know that God is One, that He is the Creator, not His Creation.
- We don’t know that God is a Trinity of three persons who are One, and that man was made in His image. God is not like us. We were made in His image. We are His children.
- We don’t know that God cares about us, that He has not abandoned us in a universe far too vast for us to comprehend.
That knowledge, the knowledge that our Creator cares about us, is what gives Christians hope. It is why we cherish this verse.
Romans 8:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
When we speak of the Gospel, some will believe, and some will not. We each have choices, but everything that happens is God’s doing, not our own, even our own salvation.
This leads to a question. Is the Bible entirely true? Those who believe the Bible would say yes, but that does not mean that each of us correctly understands it. God is Truth. He defines reality, and only He has the capacity to correctly and perfectly perceive what He created.
1 Corinthians 13:8-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)