In every religion, we can identify what tenets are unique to them. Some prefer listening to the teachings of Jesus and others Buddha and others still to Mohammad. There are literally thousands of sects separated by unique tenets of belief. But what about universal truths; the kind that have always been and will always be with or without the support of religion? With so many religions, how do we know the Truth when we've found it?
If God is the Creator of us all, then it would seem real Truth draws us all closer together rather than separate us. This series of articles will explore a world view that starts with the assumption that we are all of one family, God’s. Another assumption is that God is omniscient, omnipotent and unwilling to lose any of His children (us). From there, the rest comes quite naturally.
The four cornerstone concepts that define our relationship to God are simple, but they are real game changers. From this author’s perspective, here they are together and each subsequent article will explore a deeper understanding of each:
- We live in a friendly universe because God created us to be happy…always!
- God is not angry with us because He never condemned us in the first place.
- The fear, guilt and pain we experience through karma (reaping what we’ve sown) is intended to be instructive rather than punitive.
- The reason we are here on earth is to understand how our choices are always connected to what happens to us. So we learn to treat others as we’d like to be treated.
The idea that we live in a friendly universe answers many of life’s questions all on its own. It implies that everything about life is geared toward helping us rather than hurting or getting even. If the deck of life is already stacked in our favor, we don’t ever need to fear the outcome of whatever challenges we’re going through. We simply need to learn the intended lesson behind the challenge and know we will be happier people for the effort.
Knowing how debilitating fear is, does it ever serve a good purpose? The answer is similar to evaluating the physical pains our bodies suffer. Pain helps us locate what part of the body needs attention and healing. In the same way, when we are fearful, we need to explore where the fear is coming from to know what part of our mind needs healing.
Does it make sense that we live in a friendly universe? We only have to reflect on how we feel about our children or beloved pets to get an inkling of how God feels about us. Our loved ones don’t need to accomplish great deeds or stand out over others to be loved by us. They simply have to exist and be who they are for us to love them. Anything our loved ones do that makes them and others happier only adds to everyone’s joy. In this way we become companions and even co-creators with our Father.
In the next article, we explore and define judgment, discernment and condemnation.