A collection of inspirational wisdom sayings and quotes on the subject of religion and god.
My thoughts on religion and god:
For as far back as we can remember, religion has been a source of contention, being the cause of many wars and countless deaths and sufferenings in the name of God. Most religions say that they are the only true religion and that all others are wrong. This is a result of the false belief of separateness - separate from God and separate from each other and nature. We are all a part of God because we exist. God can be interpreted in many different ways. Religions tend to teach that God is a separate entity, whilst other belief systems speak only of a 'Creative Force'.
The notion that God is a separate external being, and that we are born 'sinners' who have to get back into the good graces of God (fear-based belief system to keep us in a powerless state), makes god a judgemental vengeful God. Yet, God (the creative force) is no such thing. God is LOVE, and there is no judgement. And the only 'hell' is the one we create for ourselves here on Earth. There is NO one true religion, each religion has its truths and there are many paths we can choose to take that will lead us to to God.
We are ALL God, each of us. We are of the same 'stuff' that God is made from. Each a spark of the Divine Creative force (Love). We are here to experience life in the form of matter. We are all spiritual beings having an adventure, and we will all eventually return to the same place. There is no judgement and there is no separateness. Heaven and Hell are what we create for ourselves. It is time now to have respect for each and every different religion or belief system, and allow each person his/her right to follow the path or belief system of their choice - without preaching at them or trying to convert them, or even killing those of a different belief system.
For the man who prays in his heart,
the whole world is a church.
The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.
For me, the different religions are
beautiful flowers from the same garden,
or they are branches of the same majestic tree.
Therefore, they are equally true,
though being received and interpreted
through human instruments equally imperfect.
We have just enough religion
to make us hate,
But not enough to make us
One who believes in God
can see God in the symbol of a wooden cross.
One who knows God
sees God in the wood and not the cross.
The place to begin the task of eliminating evil
is within yourself.
Evil needs to be understood for what it is:
the dynamic of the absence of Light.
It is not something that
one should prepare to battle, to run from, or to outlaw.
I asked Jesus ...
"How much do you love me?"
And Jesus said ...
Then He stretched out His arms
You pray in your distress and in your need.
Would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy
and in your days of abundance.
To me, God is Truth and Love;
God is ethics and morality:
God is fearlessness.
God is the source of Light and Life
and yet He is above and beyond all these.
God is conscience...
He is a personal God to those who need His personal presence.
He is embodied to those who need His touch.
He is the purest essence.
He simply is to those who have faith.
He is all things to all men.
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is
it will be enough.
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.
Each of us is here to discover our true Self…
that essentially we are spiritual beings
who have taken manifestation in physical form…
that we‘re not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences…
that we’re spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences.
There is no god higher than Truth.
If you have no time for prayer and meditation,
you will have lots of time for sickness and trouble.
The nature of God is a circle
of which the center is everywhere
and the circumference is nowhere.
We turn to God for help
when our foundations are shaking,
only to learn it is God who is shaking them.
Men will wrangle for religion,
wite for it, fight for it,
anything but live for it.
I once knew a man
who climbed up to a mountain top and reached up to God.
He stretched his arms to heaven and cried,
"Fill me full of light! I'm ready, I'm waiting!"
The voice of God answered him and said,
"I'm always filling you with light, but you keep leaking!"
The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place,
but a state of mind.