Friday, April 27, 2012
What Does Religion Know About Truth?
Thanks to Tawan for recommending this great clip from comedian Marcus Brigstocke. There are thousands of religions in the world but by definition there can be, at most, only one omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. That means out of the thousands of religions that humans have created, only one, at most, could be the truth. If you're a betting man, which I'm not, those are some terrible odds. So if you're looking for ultimate truth in religion, it's a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack of needles. You'd be better off and closer to the truth if you just stopped searching and meditated on the haystack. Religion is to spirituality what indoctrination is to education. Religion is someone else's pre-packaged box of beliefs for you to memorize and follow. Truth, however, is a bit more slippery, a bit more elusive. Truth is too rebellious to be boxed into a set of beliefs. Even God can't encapsulate the truth into a holy book or a set of commandments. In fact the truth doesn't exist anywhere out here in the external material world. Truth is only accessible from within - your own feelings, your own intuition, your own discernment. Discover who you are (or more specifically who is "I am") and you'll be beyond religion.