Religious differences important

Religious differences important

There are 3 comments on the Ventura County Star story from Jun 5, 2010, titled Religious differences important. In it, Ventura County Star reports that:

"God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World - and Why Their Differences Matter" by Stephen Prothero.

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Ron Krumpos

United States

#1 Jun 10, 2010
Orthodox, institutional religions are quite different, but their mystics have much in common. A quote from the chapter "Mystic Viewpoints" in my e-book at on comparative mysticism:

Ritual and Symbols. The inner meanings of the scriptures, the spiritual teachings of the prophets and those personal searchings which can lead to divine union were often given lesser importance than outward rituals, symbolism and ceremony in many institutional religions. Observances, reading scriptures, prescribed acts, and following orthodox beliefs cannot replace your personal dedication, contemplation, activities, and direct experience. Preaching is too seldom teaching. For true mystics, every day is a holy day. Divine revelation is here and now, not limited to their sacred scriptures.

Conflicts in Conventional Religion. "What’s in a Word?" outlined some primary differences between religions and within each faith. The many divisions in large religions disagreed, sometimes bitterly. The succession of authority, interpretations of scriptures, doctrines, organization, terminology, and other disputes have often caused resentment. The customs, worship, practices, and behavior within the mainstream of religions frequently conflicted. Many leaders of any religion had only united when confronted by someone outside their faith, or by agnostics or atheists. Few mystics have believed divine oneness is exclusive to their religion or is restricted to any people.

Note: This is just a consensus to indicate some differences between the approaches of mystics and that of their institutional religion. These statements do not represent all schools of mysticism or every division of faith. Whether mystical experiences vary in their cultural context, or are similar for all true mystics, is less important than that they transform each one’s sense of being to a transpersonal outlook on all life.

United States

#2 Jun 10, 2010
Religion is ignorance! It should be wiped from the world like the fecal matter it is.

United States

#3 Jun 11, 2010
Just another persons explaination of the difference in religions, then saying all religion is pretty much the same.

When there is a no comparison to the true Christian religion, it is as different as black or white. Day or night, of God or ungodly.

The true Christian religion is no part of this world or it's religions that make up Christendom of this world.

The true Christian religion obeys the Law of Christ and lives under the New Covenant. That means whatever Jesus taught his followers, true Christians obey him, and worship his Father Almighty God Jehovah as the one true God, as Jesus did.

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