While I appreciate your commitment to the cause...I'll pass. After being an altar boy and going to catholic schools with religion and bible study daily growing up...I am good where I am at now...I'll leave the false prophets, imama, and saviours to you and MUQ to fight about...I'm good with Wakan Tanka amd the seven laws...although I struggle with number 7 on occassion...here you got- try it- you might like it instead of worshipping those muddle eastern appointed gods...<quoted text>
ABs, I had the same doubts, fears, confusions, thoughts, pondering all the world religions.
My suggestion too you is pray and ask JESUS if HE is real and then read the Gospels.
Start with Saint John the fourth book.
Take your time and pray the scripture, pondering and interpreting the meanings.
All you have to do is knock and JESUS will open the door.
P.S. I think our old friend Barksdale is back.
Naturally, just speculation on my part.
Number one is respect for the proper authority.
Number two is to preserve and promote the beauties of nature. I don't believe there is anything like this in the books of Christians, Buddhists, or Muslims, but there should be.
Number three is to judge with kindness and wisdom. Our law is to judge but with kindness and wisdom. Great Spirit gave us a brain to use to exercise good judgment, whether it's about a job or a relationship. We should use judgment in our daily lives so that we are not gullible or taken advantage of.
Number four is moderation in all things. We say that if it helps, it is good. We're not told don't do this or don't do that, but rather to exercise moderation, and that covers a lot. We don't want to be extremists, and this takes us out of the category of being fanatics.
Number five is to play fair in the game of life. It is not fair to take advantage of old people, women, or children, my chief BEEF with Islam...
Number six is that a person's word of honor is sacred.
Number seven is respect for difference, the basis of Indian teachings. Everything we do in our way of life has to be based on respect for other people and all living things. The Great Spirit made people of different colors like flowers. There are red flowers, white flowers, black flowers, and yellow flowers. These flowers all make us feel good when we look at them, and this is the way it is supposed to be when we walk among other people—we should walk with courtesy and respect, and never with aggression or lies because of their color or nationality. We should only think of beautiful things when we look at other people.
Like I said, I struggle with number 7, but hey, its a work in progress...