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    Same Message to all generations?

    Greetings of Peace to one and all


    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    The key to understanding religions is through scrutinizing their respective scriptures, which forms the foundation for that Faith/Belief/Philosophy and Not by scrutinizing its followers, .which is the common mistake we generally tend to make out of ignorance/haste . Each religion prides itself as being the TRUTH and everything else is false. Which is indeed a difficult situation for the occupants of this small planet. where man had drawn imaginary boundaries of lands, properties, ethnicity not realizing how silly they can be not realizing that what he/she claimed/bragged as his/hers will eventually consume him/her

    It is sad that, not all of us would be fortunate enough to scrutinize the scriptures and many that do would have only one objective that is to prove theirs as the truth and smear the rest as utter nonsense.


    In any case let us just look at the basics as to what religion ( meaning: the way of life) is meant to convey.

    This review is formatted according to time frame, from the latest to the oldest scripture known to mankind: Only one verse, embodying the fundamental essence of the message , of each scripture is being compared.

    PS: (some scriptures not mentioned in this list are actually off shoot religions from the mixture of one or two of these scriptures)

    Islam:

    ( Qur'an 2 : 44 )

    Do ye enjoin Right Conduct on the people and forget (to practice it) yourselves. And yet you study the scripture? (Law). Will ye not understand?

    No Harm or Harming (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad)

    (Scripture: Revealed about 632 A.D in Arabic Language in the Middle East, in book form by 640 A.D, <b> till today in its original form and language)[/b]


    Christianity:

    (Gospel: Matthew 7:12 )

    All things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you so to them: for this is the Law and the Prophets.

    (Scripture: Should have originated by 30 A.D in Aramaic and Hebrew Language in the middle East, but assumed to be written about 130 A.D in Latin & Greek, lost or missing until 325 A.D, when varying copies in Greek and Latin begin to appear and compiled to form the Bible.)


    Buddhism:

    ( Udana-Varga 5:18)

    Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful

    (Scripture: Origin should be around 480 B.C in India, but accepted, written and practiced from 3. B.C by a state Ruler in India


    Confucianism:

    (Lun Yu (analects) 15:23)

    Is there, one maxim, (Law) which ought to be acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness. Do not unto others What you would not have them do unto you.

    (Scripture: Origin should be around 480 B.C in China, but only accepted and written at about 140 B.C)


    Taoism:

    (Tai Shang Kan Ying Pien)

    Regard your neighbors gain, as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.

    (Scripture: Origin should be about 524 B.C, but accepted and even worshipped as god at about 2 B.C)


    Judaism:-

    (Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:18)

    Love your neighbor as yourself

    ( Talmud, Shabbat 3id)
    What is hateful to you do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law: all the rest is commentary


    (Scripture: Origin should be about 1250 B.C, had to be in print before 1 B.C, but missing around 70 A.D, re- written at about 200 A.D)


    Zoroastrianism:

    (Dadisten -I-dinik 94:5)

    That nature alone is good which refrains doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.

    (Scripture: Origin is believed to be around 1200 to 500 B.C in Persia , written at about 5 to 10 B.C


    Hinduism:

    ( Mahabharata 5 : 1517 )

    This is the sum of duty (Law): Do not unto others, which would cause you pain, if done to you.

    (Scripture: Origin believed to be about 2000 B.C in India, , written around 1000 B.C to 800 B.C nd some till 1400 AD )


    All these verses are surprisingly the same, they all mention a certain law and a certain norm that we are told to practice between ourselves. It does not tell us, that it was only for any particular nation, tribe or race as most of us seem to have assumed.



    In conclusion, although all these verses had been delivered in different time frames to different nations they are fundamentally the same message. Since this scriptures had been sent to various tribes in their very own mother tongue , all of mankind have had a chance to comprehend their importance and meanings , clearly , none can now deny the existence of our CREATOR. Further we need to note that all of these scriptures were delivered by one chosen man, who at that time of his lifetime, was not fully accepted or comprehended as the teacher until a few generations later, the current form of preaching were attributed to have originated from that chosen person or his disciples, who unfortunately had long passed away.

    Further to this and as in most cases the scriptures were not written by the teacher but memorized and transmitted orally among those who chose to follow the teachings of that teacher. This form of transmission, as we know within ourselves is easily corrupted intentionally and unintentionally and as generations progressed , could very easily contain numerous additions or omissions. This is the sad case of all most all of the current scriptures except the Qur'an, we are able to review here


    The following points in these verses must be noted:-

    1. The verses tells us about Equality and Right Conduct which are the essence for a peaceful atmosphere.

    2. The verses tells us about Unity, which will also lead us to Peace.

    3. They indicate Brotherhood, which leads to unity , which leads to Peace.

    4. Fundamentally we are advised to adopt a peaceful way of Life.

    The word for Peace in Hebrew is "Shalom"

    The word for Peace in Arabic is "Salaam"


    God revealed in the Bible that He is not the author of confusion but the author of Peace ( Bible, 1 cor 14:33)

    The Only Religious Scripture that had remained intact without any alteration and had been put into writing by the teacher and compiled into book form by his followers , who were actually present with him is the Qur'an. The followers of this scripture , practice "Islam", which surprisingly also means "Peace". Unlike other religions, the name "Islam", had been given in the scripture itself .


    All the earlier scripture's had indicated Shanti/Peace ( meaning : Islam) and surprisingly also, most had mentioned about the Prophet to come ( promised one ) who will guide us, to this "Peace"

    So indeed, it is we, who have divided ourselves into different varying creeds, due to our limited perception. Without doubt our CREATOR had only given us one message.

    This planet is too small to have many gods and many religions and indeed God had ensured a planet for the ignorant ( hell) and a planet for the enlightened ( heaven) on account of our own actions...make your choice, you have only ONE life to make it and no second chances, as full freedom has been given to you..the same freedom HE had given even to the Prophets.


    Devoted to Truth
    Ibrahim


    Spiritual journey does not begin after death, it is going on all the time ..we are in it, now.


    [This message has been edited by Ibrahim (edited August 04, 2001).]

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    Thanx a lot man,...I think you have given all what we need to know about other religions,..It will help us in future when talking to other faiths,...Inshallah.
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    A Faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.

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