The Oneness of the Religions of God.(A book dedicated to the peace of mankind) Prologue (Please read the prologue first, so you will get a better understanding of the nature of this work and get the instructions on how to use this book!!!) ((If the message is truly important and God really wants us to know it, then it is found in The Word of God!!! The whole Word of God, from all of God’s divine teachers and manifestations, in all of God’s Holy Divine Religions, sent to all of mankind, and not just a few, scattered, groups of people, here or there!!!)) If you can’t accept this? If you can’t accept, the fact, that God does, in reality, actually love all of His children and is therefore, actually teaching and instructing all of mankind, and not just a few scattered groups of people living here on this world with us; then I suggest you just set this work aside and don’t read any farther; and stop wasting your time reading this book; because this book is actually about The Oneness of God, The Oneness of Mankind, and absolutely, The Oneness of The Religions, of The One Real, True God! This book is about unity and peace, and the very real word of God; and all of God’s very real, divine religions; and the actual word of God, actually agreeing, and making very real sense when you read it; because we, as in all of us, are actually supposed to read the word of God, and we are, actually supposed to study the word of God, for our very own selves: 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good!” Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world, (but) prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect…..” Deuteronomy 27:26 “Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law!” Isaiah 34:16 “Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read!” Islam 121. “Those to whom We have sent the book study it as it should be studied;”48. “To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it; so judge between them by what Allah hath revealed, and follow not — vain desires, diverging from the truth that hath come to thee!” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 2 and 5) Zoroastrianism 31. “We worship Ahura Mazda (God) to keep the Holy Word. We worship the understanding of Ahura Mazda, to study the Holy Word.” (So) 2. “Hear with your ears the best things; look upon them with clear-seeing thoughts, for decision between the two Beliefs, each man for himself before the Great consummation, bethinking you that it be accomplished to our pleasure.” (for) “One should rely on his own conviction, and not allow himself to be drifted by the opinions of others.” (Zoroaster, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 30, 87, 197 and The Zend-Avesta, Khorda Avesta – Book of Common Prayer pt. 1) Hinduism 106. “(To study) this (work) is the best means of securing welfare, it increases understanding!” 17. “Let him — study the Veda; because the Veda-study secures) the realization of his aims!” (Hindu, Laws of Manu chapters 1 and 4) Buddhism 20. “You yourself should make an effort, The Tathagata can but show the Way.” 10. “By confidence, virtue, effort and concentration, By the investigation of the Doctrine, By being endowed with knowledge and conduct And by keeping your mind alert, Will you leave this great suffering behind.” “(Give) devout attention to the teaching(s) of the Blessed One.” Study the word for yourself!” ((Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 3 (tr. J. Richards and Buddha Lankavatara Sutra) Sabeanism “Seek and find for yourselves, for your friends, for your friends’ friends and for those who love the great Family of Life. Your eyes shall not turn away from Me unsatisfied.” “Be careful; make enquiry, display kindness, show compassion.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 35 and 74) Baha’i Faith “He (Bahá’u’lláh) lays stress on the search for Truth. This is most important, because the people are too easily led by tradition. It is because of this that they are often antagonistic to each other, and dispute with one another. But the manifesting of Truth discovers the darkness and becomes the cause of Oneness of faith and belief: because Truth cannot be two! That is not possible” “The first teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is the duty incumbent upon all to investigate reality. What does it mean to investigate reality? It means that man must forget all hearsay and examine truth himself, for he does not know whether statements he hears are in accordance with reality or not. Wherever he finds truth or reality, he must hold to it, forsaking, discarding all else; for outside of reality there is naught but superstition and imagination. For example, during the days of Jesus Christ the Jews were expecting the appearance of The Messiah, praying and beseeching God (both) day and night that the Promised One might appear. Why did they reject Him when He did appear? They denied Him absolutely, refused to believe in Him. There was no abuse and persecution which they did not heap upon Him. They reviled Him with curses, placed a crown of thorns upon His head, led Him through the streets in scorn and derision and finally crucified Him. Why did they do this? Because they did not investigate the truth or reality of Christ and were not able to recognize Him as the Messiah of God. Had they investigated sincerely for themselves, they would surely have believed in Him, respected Him and bowed before Him in reverence. They would have considered His manifestation the greatest bestowal upon mankind. They would have accepted Him as the very Savior of man; but, alas, they were veiled, they held to imitations of ancestral beliefs and hearsay and did not investigate the truth of Christ. They were submerged in the sea of superstitions and were, therefore, deprived of witnessing that glorious bounty; they were withheld from the fragrances or breaths of the Holy Spirit and suffered in themselves the greatest debasement and degradation.”(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 27 thru 28 and The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 62) So, using very, real reason and very real, actual, common sense, to know and understand, all that we are reading, we must actually study The Word of God for our very own selves. So if you can not do this? If you can not accept that God actually does love all of mankind, and that He is actually teaching all of humanity, and that His word is actually a spiritual teaching, that actually does make very real sense, when we actually apply, real actual, reason and common sense, to our investigation, then I must really tell you, go no farther, because this work is not for you; because in this book I definitely ask you to study and really think for your very own self and come to your very own personal conclusion about the unified nature of the whole word of God, from all of His Divinely Revealed Religions and how they all actually, do in fact, actually interact and agree with one another, thereby setting up the, very real stage, for real possible unity and the very real possibility of peace within the complete, entire human race, through the real, actual, spiritual teachings of The Whole, Unified, Nature of The Complete, Entire, Word of God, and their very real actual teachings of peace, unity and true good will towards all of mankind! He is God!!! (The Creator, The Ever Existing, The Most Great Life, Haiyi, The First and The Last, Yahweh, I Am That I Am, Jehovah, The Uncreated One, The Eternal Being, Brahma, Vishnu, The Most Great Spirit, Ahura Mazda, Allah, The Alpha and The Omega, The Almighty, The All-powerful-Omnipotent One, The All-knowing-Omniscient One); and any of the number, of the untold, infinite number of other names our Creator goes by etc… His teachings, the teachings of the religions of God (Allah/The Creator) are like a huge, all-encompassing puzzle. A puzzle that takes untold centuries to solve, and many, thousands of years, spanning between the many different religions God has sent to mankind, for man’s investigation; but if we take the time, and carefully look through these seemingly different religions, these religious pieces come together forming a vast picture, that spans the centuries and forms the social glue that forms the society of humanity, up to the present day. But for us, what this means, is that, we can take these seemingly, different religious pieces, that form the framework for the development of the human society and the advancement of the human soul and look at these pieces individually; and we can see how these religions all interact with one another, and how each of these religions builds on the messages and teachings of the other religions, before it, and how each religion builds on the further development of the society of men and the advancement of the soul in man. This is also a way, I have found, to shed some light on the activities of God, with regards to humanity and what His great plans may be for us here, in this earthly life. It also reveals to us, a vast network of, teachings and prophecies, that tell us, of a story, of how the works of the various prophets and manifestations of God (messengers of God), relate to one another and how their many prophecies all interact with one another, indicating the advent of the various messengers in relation to one another; and telling a story of the oneness of God, the oneness of the religions of God and the overall oneness of all of mankind into one human family; which is told, in such a way, that it would seem to have indicated, that the messengers of God would have appeared to have personally known one another, and yet, this is something that is, really, totally out of the question, given the great distances between the places in which these messengers of God appeared on this earth and the vast distances and intervals of time between their revelations; which I believe, is a pretty good indicator, in itself, as to the existence of a God, or a creator, or an uncreated one overseeing these various manifestations; but that story is for another time. The purpose of this book is to help people learn to understand one another through the writings of God’s Holy Manifestations, (The Holy Messengers). The true reasoning behind this whole work is to help free up mankind, from these awful, debilitating, preconceived notions that one group of people is somehow better than another group of people, because they feel their religious writings is the one best way to get to God, and that all the other religious teachings are just plain wrong, or lacking in the right spiritual teachings to allow people to get to know God, or allow people to get into heaven; which is an all controlling, all-encompassing factor in the way many of these religious people think and behave towards one another. In my studies, into this topic, I find that there is no one and only way to God and that all the essential religious teachings are found in all of the religions of God; it’s just with some of the newer religions there is more clarity and more spiritual content to be studied and understood. Statements to this effect and other quotations from the writings of the religions have been indicated by quotation marks, singling out these religious quotations away from my statements. 62. “Those who believe (in the Qur’án) and those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures), and the Christian (Scriptures) and the Magians, (the followers of Zarathustra, (Zoroaster) and the Sabians, (Sabean, the writings of Adam (the father of mankind) and his 3rd son Seth) and who believe in Allah (God) and the last day, and who work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (The Qur’án Yu-suf Ali, Surahs 2, 22) This spiritual truth was taken from right out of The Qur’án in Muhammad’s very own words. And we can also hear this teaching taught right out of the Yasnas of The Zoroastrian Religion by Zoroaster, himself: “And we worship the former religions of the world devoted to Righteousness, which were instituted at the creation, the holy religions of The Creator Ahura Mazda (God), The Resplendent and Glorious.” (The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 3:16). AND “Ahura Mazda (God) is not unmindful of His creatures and sends a prophet to each and every nation (and people). He had already said that the religion(s) taught by all the prophets is one in all essential points.” “Do not make any distinction between any of the prophets.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 651) Hosea 12:9 “And I — am the Lord thy God, (and) I have spoken by the prophets, (Manifestations) and I have multiplied visions and used similitude’s, by the ministry of the prophets.” Luke 1:70 “He (God) spake by the mouth of His holy prophets, which have been since the world began:” John 10:16 “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” With this one statement Jesus implies the oneness of religion. He has other sheep not of the fold he is with; the other religions of God. Christ tells us: John 10:16 “Them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd,” or there will be one religion with one shepherd overseeing all through the oneness of religion. Not through the unity of the Catholics and Baptists etc… as I have actually heard some people imply, as to the true meaning of this statement; because, of course, these splintered Christian groups of people did not, actually exist in the world at the time of Christ, when he made this statement to his disciples; but the actual other religions of God did actually exist on the earth at that time, and so he seems to be telling us that these other religions actually also need to be united under the true oneness of God’s religions, into a single religious understanding. “UNTO every people We have sent down The Book in their own language.” “There is One God; mankind is one, the foundations of religion are one.” (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 20 and The Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 44) These are just a few statements hidden away in the writings of God’s holy religions that enlighten us to the truth, of the oneness of religion, by way of the essential teachings found in all of God’s great religions. It just takes some searching and study on the part of the one looking for these similar religious teachings to see this truth; but because these, essential teachings, are not so readily apparent in some of the older religions, conflicts between the religions sometimes tends to arise; but the reality is, the concepts of these teachings are found scattered throughout all of God’s religions, and when you put some of these statements together with some of the other statements and concepts, you will find that the essential teaching is, in reality, taught in the religion; it just takes the gathering together of these combined truths found throughout God’s writings to reveal to you that this true, essential teaching, is actually taught in this religion, as well as, being taught in all the other religions of God. Another thing that I find, in these various books of God, is that the exact wording, and or phrasing, may differ from one religious faith to another, but if you take the time, and look up the meanings of these words, in a good reliable thesaurus or a very good dictionary, you will find that the synonyms of the words have roughly the same meaning as the words that are used in all of the other religious books of God; therefore, in principle, the meaning of the words are accentually the same as far as the meaning of the words go. As for the different kinds of phrasing used in these various religious books, the wording of God’s books may vary from one manifestation to another, due to the various uniqueness’s of the different manifestations and the uniqueness’s of the cultures we find them in, but the actual meanings of the phrases found in these various, different books of God have accentually, again, the same meanings as those found in all of the other books of God. So, accentually all of the teachings of God are the same from one of God’s religions to another; which again, helps us to establish the accentual oneness and unity of the religions of God; for if we have only one God, then we should also, only have one religion, which I find to be the real case; because God, who loves all mankind, has been sending various manifestations and prophets to all of the different groups and races of people to establish the accentual unity and oneness of all of mankind, and the oneness of all the religions of God; because, as I said earlier, we only have one God, who loves all of mankind, not just a few groups of people scattered around this world of ours. “Among all the Buddhas there is a sameness of Buddha-nature, there is no distinction among them except as they manifest various transformations according to the various different dispositions of beings who are to be disciplined and emancipated by various means.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra) But, John 3:12 “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe (me) not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” For, 16:12 “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye (you) cannot bear them now.” 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, (unto you, for) he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but what-so-ever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” For, Acts 17:24 “God that made the world and all things therein and seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed any-thing, seeing (that) He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.” Malachi 2:10 “Have we not all one Father, hath not one God created us? 1 Peter 1:22 “See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.” Romans 13:8 “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Galatians 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,” The Bab “This is the divinely inscribed Book, the outspread Tablet – the utterance which lay concealed (within God’s Holy Word).” All of, “These utterances are revealed according to your (limited) measure, not to God’s, and unto this beareth witness that, which is enshrined in the knowledge of God, did ye but know. Unto this testifieth He Who is the Mouthpiece of God, could ye but understand. By the righteousness of God! Were We to lift the veil (and reveal what We know), ye would swoon away.” The Bab: “O ye that are invested with the Bayan! Denounce ye not one another, ere the Day-Star of the ancient eternity shineth forth above the horizon of His sublimity. We have created you from one tree and have caused you (all) to be as the leaves and fruit of the same tree, that haply ye may become a source of comfort to one another. Regard ye not others save as ye regard your own selves, that no feeling of aversion may prevail amongst you so as to shut you out from Him Whom God shall make manifest on the Day of Resurrection. It behooveth you all to be as one indivisible people; thus should ye return unto Him Whom God shall make manifest.” Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 6, 127 and 154) And, Bahá’u’lláh: “O SON OF BEAUTY! By My spirit and by My favor! By My mercy and by My beauty! All that I
have revealed to thee with the tongue of power and have written for thee with the pen of might, hath been in accordance with thy capacity and understanding, not with My state and the melody of My voice.” A fundamental “principle or teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is the proclamation of the oneness of the world of humanity — that all (men) are servants of God and belong to one family; that God has created all and, therefore, His bestowals are universal; and that His providence, training, sustenance and loving-kindness surround all mankind.” And so: “A fundamental teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is the oneness of the world of humanity. ‘Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.’ By this it is meant that (all) the world of humanity is like a tree and the nations (and the) people(s) are the different limbs or branches of that tree and the individual human creatures are as the fruits and blossoms thereof.” (Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words, Baha’i World Faith – Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 246 and The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 106) The same God that is found in all the religions is the one same creator of all mankind: “A Bahá’í denies no religion; he accepts the Truth in all (religions), and would die to uphold it. He loves all men as his brothers, of whatever class, of whatever race, or nationality, of whatever creed, or color, whether good or bad, rich or poor, beautiful or hideous.” (The Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 56) Now, as to the essential teachings I mentioned earlier? By essential teachings, I mean the spiritual teachings and the spiritual laws found throughout all of the religious books of God, because these teachings are eternal truths, that are never subject to change, because they are spiritual truths, sent to us by God Himself, through all God’s heavenly manifestations; because they are eternal spiritual truths that deal with the development of good, praiseworthy, moral, traits and the spiritual development of all mankind. A simple way to look at all of this is: If it is important enough for some of us to know, it is important enough for God to put in all of His writings and religious Holy Books, so everybody and everyone that He has ever created and loves, unconditionally will, in fact, know. Abdu’l-Baha tells us that: “The divine religions contain two kinds of laws (and) ordinances. One division concerns the world of morality and ethical institutions,” (our spiritual development and our interactions with others). “These are the essential ordinances. They instill and awaken the knowledge and (the) love of God, the love for humanity, the virtues of the world of mankind, the attributes of the divine kingdom, rebirth and resurrection from the kingdom of nature. These constitute one kind of divine law which is common to all and never subject to change. From the (very) dawn of the Adamic Cycle unto the present day this fundamental law of God has ever continued changeless. This is the foundation of divine religion.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, p. 81) And again, Abdu’l-Baha tells us: “The divine religions embody two kinds of ordinances; First, those which constitute essential or spiritual teachings of the Word of God. These are faith in God, the acquirement (and attainment) of the virtues which characterize a perfect manhood, praiseworthy moralities, the acquisition of the bestowals and bounties emanating from the divine effulgences; in brief, the ordinances which concern the realm of (good) morals and ethics. This is the fundamental aspect of (all) the religions of God and this is of the highest importance, because knowledge of God is the fundamental requirement of man. Man must comprehend the oneness of divinity. He must come to know and acknowledge the precepts of God and (he must) realize, for a certainty, that the ethical development of humanity is dependent upon religion. He must get rid of all defects and seek the attainment of heavenly virtues in order that he may prove to be the image and likeness of God (for which we were created in the first place). It is recorded in The Holy Bible that God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’ It is than, self-evident, that the image and likeness mentioned does not apply to the form and semblance of a human being, (or our physical body), because the reality of divinity is not limited to any form or figure.” For John 4:24 “God is a Spirit:” (King James Bible,) “Nay, rather (it’s) the attributes and characteristics of God intended. Even as God is pronounced to be just, man must likewise be just. As God is loving and kind to all men, man must likewise manifest loving-kindness to all (of) humanity. As God is loyal and truthful, man must show forth the same attributes in the human world. Even as God exercises mercy toward all, man must prove himself to be the manifestation of mercy. In a word, ‘the image and likeness of God,” or man must acquire and obtain all the attributes of God to become the true image of God on this earth. (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity p. 92) So “hard is the Buddhas rise.” And, we clearly find in his teachings and writings the teaching of the: “Abstention from all evil,” and the teaching of the “Cultivation of what is good and wholesome,” and of the “Purification of the heart;” and we find we are clearly told, “This is the Message of the Buddhas.” “Forbearance is the highest ascetic practice, Nirvana is the supreme way of life; say all of the Buddhas.” “He is not a gone forth who harms another.” “He is not a recluse who molests another.” And we should certainly learn to avoid: “To speak ill of another” and “to do harm to someone,” and “we should also observe all of Brahma’s lifesaving, life changing rules;” “for This is the Message of the Buddhas.” (plural as in more than one, as in all of the Buddhas that are found throughout all of the records of history, as in all of the divine manifestations of Brahma (God) that has come into this world throughout all of time. “This is the Message of the Buddhas.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada) Or as Jesus Christ tells us: 2 Peter 3:2 “Be (ye) mindful of the words which were spoken before, by the holy prophets (of God), and of the commandment(s); for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” Then, Isaiah 46:9 “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times, the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure: I have spoken it and I will also bring it to pass; (for) I have purposed it, I will also do it. I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry.” Or, as we hear from King David: For Psalms 119:151 “Thou art near, O LORD; and all Thy commandments are truth,” and “Thy testimonies, I have known of old that Thou hast founded them for-ever.” And 143:5 “I will remember the days of old; I meditate on all Thy works; I muse on the work of Thy hands,” 74:12 “for God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth (unto all humanity, unto ancient times, of old).” Hosea 12:9 “And I that am the Lord thy God, I have also spoken by the (mouths of the) prophets, (The Holy Manifestations) and I have multiplied visions and used similitude’s, by the ministry of the prophets.” 4 Ezra 6:38 “O Lord, thou spakest from the beginning of the creation,” by the mouth of the holy prophets. Isaiah 40:21 “Have ye not known? (And) have ye not heard? Hath it not been told (to) you from the (very) beginning? Have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?” Luke 1:70 “He (God) spake by the mouth of His holy prophets, which have been since the world began:” Luke 1:68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He hath visited and redeemed His people, and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David; as He spake by the mouth of His holy prophets, which have been since the world began, that we should be saved.” And again, Acts 3:21 “God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” For, John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,” (The Holy Manifestations, messengers of God sent for the education of mankind since the foundations of the world).” (King James Bible) And: 9. “We have, without (a) doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it; (for) We did send Messengers before thee amongst the religious sects of old:” 104. “And no reward dost Thou ask of them for this: it is no less than a Message for all (of Allah’s) creatures.” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 12 and 15) And, 35. “If Allah (God) had so willed, we should not have worshipped aught but Him — neither we nor our fathers — nor should we have prescribed prohibitions other than His. So did those who went before them. But what is the mission of the Messengers but to preach the Clear Message? For We (most) assuredly sent amongst every People a Messenger, (with the Command), ‘Serve Allah and eschew Evil:’ of the people were some whom Allah guided, and some on whom Error became inevitably (established). So travel through the earth and see what was the end of those who denied the Truth?” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 16) 23. “Allah has revealed (from time to time) the most beautiful Message in the form of a Book, consistent with itself, (yet) repeating (its teaching in various aspects” “None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar; knowest thou not that Allah (God) hath power over all things? Knowest thou not that to Allah (God) belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth! And besides Him ye have neither patron nor helper.” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 2 and 39) 136. “Say ye: ‘We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the (Jewish) tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus Christ and that given to all the Prophets of old, from their Lord. We make no difference (or distinction) between one and another of them, and We (all) bow to (the will of) Allah.”’ 84. “Say: ‘We believe in Allah (God), and in what has been revealed to us and in what was revealed to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (The Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and The Prophets, from their Lord; we make no distinction between one and another from among them, and to Allah do we (all) bow our will.”’ (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 2 and 3) 12. “To Him (Allah/God) belong the keys of the heavens and the earth:” 13. “The same religion has Allah established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah the-which We have sent by inspiration to thee and, that which, We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus (and all of the other prophets of God, from the beginning of time): Namely, that ye should remain steadfast in Religion, and make no divisions therein.” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 42) 3. “And we worship the former religions of the world, devoted to Righteousness, which were instituted at the creation, the holy religions of the Creator Ahura Mazda (God/Allah/Brahma/Haiyi), The Resplendent and Glorious;” “and we worship the utterances of Zarathushtra, (Zoroaster) and His (Ahura’s) religion, His faith and His lore.” (The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 16) “In all essential matters there is no difference between (the spiritual teachings) of one prophet and another;” all are the same. But, because, “the busy world is apt to forget the most important lessons of this life, The Merciful, Ahura Mazda (God) sends prophets, now and then, to help remind men of their highest destiny.” In which case we are again reminded, that “the path, O Ahura, which You tell us to be of conscience of, and which happens to be the religion of all the prophets and which, by good deeds, happens to promote rectitude, which brings to the righteous recompense, of which Ahura Mazda is the giver; (by) the way of all the saints (saoshyants): for in all the essential matters, of the religions of Ahura, there is no difference between one prophet and another. In as much as, the same God is worshipped everywhere. All of them are different phases of the same religion;” Because, “Ahura Mazda is not unmindful of His creatures and sends a prophet to every nation (and people, as needs be). He had already said that the religion taught by all the prophets is one in all essential points.” “Do not make any distinction between any of the prophets.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 314 thru 316, 651 and 769) Meanwhile, Krishna tells us: “I come, and go, and come again. Whenever, Righteousness Declines, O Bharata! Whenever, wickedness Is strong (in the world and takes hold of mankind), I rise, from age to age, and take on the visible shape and move, a man with men; Succouring the good, thrusting the evil back, And setting Virtue on her seat again.” “As I before have been, so will I be again, for thee; with lightened heart behold! Once more, I am thy Krishna, the form thou knew’st of old!” (Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapters 4 and 9) “Emanations, (the prophets from Brahma) constantly proceed and return. It has been explained in various ways by the ancient prophets.” (Hindu, Upanishads vol. 1, Introduction to the Upanishads, vol. 1) For, “His (Brahma/God’s) manifestations have been declared before (throughout time unto all nations and peoples).” (Hindu, Upanishads vol. 2, Maitrayana-Brahmaya-Upanishad) And of-course, Buddha tells us: “The Perfect Ones (Buddhas) appear in the world (throughout the ages) my past existence at that time real, but unreal the future and present existence and my future existence will be at one time real, but unreal the past and present existence; and my present existence is now real, but what is unreal is the past and future existence. All these are merely popular designations and expressions, mere, conventional terms of speaking, mere popular notions, of the notions of The Perfect Ones. Indeed, The Perfect Ones, The Buddhas, makes use of all of these, without, however, clinging to them.” ((The Eightfold Path), Buddha, the Word (The Eightfold Path)) “I am not the first Buddha who came upon earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time another Buddha will arise…. He shall reveal to you the same eternal (essential) truths, which I have taught you. He will preach to you His religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at the climax and glorious at the goal, in the spirit and in the letter.” (Sermon of the Great Passing) Than last, but not least, Adam tells us: “In the Name of the Great Life (Haiyi/God) Vines shone in the water, and in the Jordan mightily they grew. Ye are flourishing offshoots. Messengers hither I bring you.” “Establishing and revealing to us Your (Haiyi/God’s) likeness and giving us light. Let your radiance (Haiyi) than shine upon us,” messengers and manifestations of God, on this earth. “We have acknowledged, Your Praises, and ‘Thee (O Life, Haiyi, God); so that there may be commemoration for You on this, Thy earth, by the revelations of all Thy prophets, (since the foundation of the world).” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 77, 114, 177 and 382) So then, we can clearly see now, from each, and all of these religions of God, that “Each of the divine religions embodies two kinds of ordinances. The first is those (laws) which concern spiritual susceptibilities, the development of moral principles and the quickening of the (soul and) conscience of man. These are essential and fundamental, one and the same in all of the (divine) religions, changeless and eternal — reality not subject to transformation (or change).” “These (are the true) foundations of the Religions of God, which are spiritual and which are the virtues of all humanity and cannot be abrogated; they are irremovable and eternal, and are renewed in the cycle of every Prophet.” “For the independent Prophets are founders; They establish a new religion and make new creatures of men; They change the general morals and promote new customs and rules, and (They) renew the cycle and the Law. Their appearance is like the season of spring, which (when it comes), arrays all earthly beings in a new garment, and gives them a new life.” Or as Jesus Christ again confirms: 2 Peter 3:2 “Be (ye) mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets (of God), and of the commandment(s); for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (King James Bible) “The second kind of ordinances (or laws) in the divine religions are those which relate to the material affairs of humankind. These are the material or accidental laws which are subject to change in each day of manifestation, according to exigencies of the time. For instance, in the days of Moses Ten Commandments in regards to murder were revealed by Him. These (laws and) commandments were in accordance with the (exigencies) (and the) requirements of that day and time. Other laws embodying (other) drastic punishments were (also) enacted by Moses.” “For instance: ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,’ (and) ‘the penalty for theft was amputation of the hand.’ These laws and penalties were applicable to the degree of the Israelites people of that period, who (were brutish and) dwelt in the wilderness and desert under conditions where severity was necessary and justifiable. But in the time of Jesus Christ this kind of law was not expedient; therefore, Christ abrogated and superseded the commands of Moses.” (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 106 and Some Answered Questions, pp. 47 and 164). CHRISTIANITY: Matthew 5:38 “Ye, (you) have heard that it hath been said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:” 5:39 “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (King James Bible) This is one of the reasons why the various religions of the world appear to disagree. Different material laws were needed at different times, by mankind, so these material laws would appear to differ from one religion to another, which in turn, has been reflected in the way some of the people treat one another. These differences between the religions of God has led to some of the most terrible disagreements, the most devastating wars and some of the most horrific crimes one man can perform against another human being; that heartfelt words don’t seem capable of describing such events and atrocities; and it seems that all of the religions of God have, at one time or another, been the subject of such confrontations from the adherents of one religion or another, or the adherents of that religion have been the ones tormenting the adherents of another religion. This seems to be very typical of the behavior on the part of some of the adherents of every religion that God has sent to man at one time or another; and it only gets worse with the coming of each new manifestation of God, because, it seems, the adherents of the previous religions, especially those of the religion immediately preceded by the new religion, seem to be extremely intent on putting out the light, of the new word that God has sent to mankind, in, at times, extremely harsh methods and cruelties. In fact, this seems to be one of the main ways a person can recognize a new dispensation from God, from just man-made religious minutia; according to Muhammad. The adherents, usually of the very religion immediately preceded by the new religion of God, try to, in no uncertain terms, completely destroy, or devastate the new message from God and stop, by all means necessary, the adherents of the new faith, from spreading God’s new teachings to mankind. (Islam) 21. “As to those who (would) deny the Signs of Allah, and in defiance of right, slay the Prophets and slay those people who teach just dealings with mankind, announce to them a grievous penalty.” 30. “Remember how these unbelievers plotted against thee, to keep thee in bonds, or slay thee, or get thee out (of thy home). They plot and plan, and Allah too plans, but the best of planners is Allah.” “Ah! alas for (My) servants! There comes not an messenger to them but they mock Him!” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 3, 8 and 36) (Christianity) Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” So, 5:12 “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets, which were before you.” John 16:2 “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God a service.” (Bahá’í Faith), “Men are killing their brothers, believing this to be the cause of salvation, believing that such work is approved by God, believing that those whom they kill will be sent (straight) to hell.” (The Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 101) Another thing we find in the writings of God, that seems to be mostly over looked by many of the parishioners of the previous religious faiths of God, is the independent investigation of truth, or the call on man to study the writings of God for himself, by which, each individual needs to study and look into God’s holy word and writings for him or herself; for the ultimate betterment and spiritual development of the individual souls of all the men and women living on this planet. CHRISTIANITY: 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things (and) hold fast (to) that which is good.” JUDAISM: Deuteronomy 27:26 “Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them.” ZOROASTERIANISM: “Hear the best with your ears, and discern by pure mind. Choose the-ought, man by man (every man), for his own self; before the great trial comes, wake up to this my counsel.” “One should rely on his own convictions, and not allow himself to be swayed or drifted by the opinion of others.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 87 and 197) HINDUISM: 106. “(To study) this (work) is the best means of securing welfare, it increases understanding, it procures fame and long life and it (leads to) supreme bliss.” (Hindu, Laws of Manu chapter 1). BABISM: “When We educate one we give him a copy of the Scriptures to read for himself.” (The Bábí and Baha’i Religions, p. 195) ISLAM: 121. “Those to whom We have sent the book, study it as it should be studied; they are the ones that believe therein; those who reject faith therein, the loss is their own.” 48. “To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming all of the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety; so judge then, between them, by what Allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the truth that hath come to thee.” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 2 and 5) SABEANISM: “My chosen, ye sought and ye found, moreover ye shall seek and ye shall find. Ye have sought and found, my chosen ones, as the first (souls?) sought and found.” “Be ye careful and make enquiry and display kindness and show compassion.” “Enlargement of life there shall be for the believing ones.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 71, 74 and 99) Man must look for the truth in all things if he really wants to know what God is trying to say. And if he proves all things for himself he doesn’t blindly go down the wrong path. CHRISTIANITY: Matthew 15:14 “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” Luke 6:39 “Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?” (King James Bible) HINDUISM: 5. “Fools dwelling in darkness wise in their own conceits all puffed up with vain knowledge, (and so they) go round and round, staggering to and fro, like blind men led by the blind.” (Upanishads vol. 2, Katha-Upanishad), BUDDHAISM: “A string of blind men clinging to one another, the foremost cannot see the way, the middle ones cannot see the way, nor can the hind most; the talk of the Brahmans versed in the three Vedas is but blind (empty) talk. The first sees not, the middle (ones) sees not, and the hindmost sees not. The talk then of these Brahmans turns out to be (completely) ridiculous, mere words, vain and empty.” (Buddhist Dharma, TEVIGGA SUTTA) So then, One, as in you, or I, has got to be one’s own guard in the study of God’s Holy Word, for who else is there going to be, that is really responsible for one’s own actions and the consequences they will, eventually have, on one’s own soul. BUDDHISM: 25. “One is one’s own guard. What other guard could one have? (For), One is one’s own destiny. Therefore, one should train oneself, like a merchant does a thoroughbred horse.” “By confidence, virtue, effort and concentration, by the investigation of the doctrine, by being endowed with knowledge and conduct, and by keeping your mind alert, Will you leave this great suffering behind.” (The Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 and 3 (tr. J. Richards)). So then, men, mankind, us; have got to study and investigate the truth of God’s Holy Words for our very own selves; this is beyond question! It is emphatically expressed, in all of the holy religions of God; there must be truth to it; and it only makes sense and stands to reason. It makes complete sense that God would want men to study His writings and teachings for their very own personal selves. I mean, how else is it best for us, than, for us to truly study, His (God’s) Holy Words, for our very own selves, personally? This way we will truly learn to know and love God, The One Who really, actually created us. I mean really; how else will we truly learn to become more like Him, but through our very own personal actions, and not just because someone else was doing this; our own true actual work; for us. This way, we will become more like Simon Peter, who Jesus Christ praised in The Holy Bible for his deep understanding, clear vision and foresight: Matthew 16:18 “And I say, also, unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (The King James Bible) So then, it is through our very own actual, personal investigations on our part, that we actually build, for ourselves, spiritual houses, resting on firm, solid, stone foundations, created from, our very own, very real, personal knowledge of God, and the very real, spiritual strength, of our very own spiritual convictions; that we obtained through our very own personal studies; not through the words and actions of someone else; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against us. This is real spiritual strength, this is real spiritual conviction, and it comes through real studies and real actions on our part; not because we just sit and listen, and hope that God will take it, in His heart, to make the effort for us, and just give us enlightenment; and not through some half-hearted attempts on our part to know God. The effort you put into knowing your Creator, is the effort you will get back again, in return; think about it: JUDAISM: Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” And, BAHA’I FAITH “He saith, and He verily speaketh the truth: ‘Whoso maketh efforts for Us, in Our ways shall We assuredly guide him.’” (The Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 27) CHRISTIANITY: So then, James 4:8 “Draw nigh unto God, and He will draw nigh unto you.” For, Hebrews 11:6 “He (God), is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” ISLAM 69. “And (to) those who strive in Our (Cause), We will certainly guide them to Our Paths: for verily Allah (God) is with those who do right.” (Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 29) ZOROASTRIENISM So then, “Make it clear that I (Ahura/God) am The Guide for both worlds.” 6:61 “When you should move (forward) three steps towards Religion, (I) shall come forward a thousand steps to meet,” thee. (Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Vendidad and Denkard) HINDUISM 9. “Set your faith fast on Me! Fix heart and thought on Me! Adore Me, make Me your super most joy and with undivided (attention) unto Me, rest your spirits (and ye) shall be guided.” “For he that laboureth (maketh effort) right for love of Me, shall finally attain (unto Me)!” (Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapters 9 and 12) BUDDHISM “Of all that is created, you know the Uncreated, Holy One.” Seek Him with all thy heart and He, in His ways, will guide you. (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards)) SABEANISM “Those who seek of Him (Haiyi/God) find, and to those who ask of Him it will be given. For to him that standeth at a closed door, Thou wilt open the closed door.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 35) BADISM “Has not God revealed in His Book: ‘Whoso maketh efforts for Us, in Our ways will We guide them?”’ (The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 47) BAHA’I FAITH So then, “When-so-ever he (man) hath fulfilled the conditions implied in the verse: ‘Whoso maketh efforts for Us,’ he shall enjoy the blessings conferred by the words: ‘In Our Ways shall We assuredly guide him.”’ (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 266) This is also a teaching, “The Independent Investigation of Truth” that is, most certainly, expressed; even almost stressed one could even say, even almost insistently you could even say, and repeatedly, in the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet founder of The Bahá’í Faith; which is also very good advice to follow, whenever you are reading this book and following the format for the studies of the writings and verses that are found within this work. So then, “The first teaching of Bahá’u’lláh is the duty incumbent upon all, to investigate reality. What does it mean to investigate reality? It means that man must forget all hearsay and examine truth (for) himself, (for his very own self), for he does not know, whether the statements he hears, are in accordance with reality, or not. Wherever he finds truth, or reality, he must hold to it, forsaking, discarding all else; for outside of reality there is naught, but superstition and imagination.” “He (Bahá’u’lláh) lays stress on the search for Truth. This is most important, because the people are too easily led by tradition. It is because of this that they, (mankind) are often antagonistic to each other, and dispute with one another. But the manifesting of Truth, discovers the darkness, and becomes the cause of Oneness of faith and belief: because Truth cannot be two! That is not possible!!!” Quite impossible one could say. (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 62 and Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 27 thru 28). You may be asking yourself, just why I went into so much detail into the assertion of the investigation of truth being expressed in all the religions of God, and to this I say, it is incumbent on everyone to investigate the truth for him or herself; because people look at things differently from one to another; God has created us that way. If you really want to know the truth, beyond question, you have to look into it for yourself. You must look into it for yourself, because the things you are hearing from the one who is supposed to know what he or she is talking about, may not be in accordance with what is truth, or may only be in accordance with only the amount of truth that he or she knows, but there may be much more truth to know. You may, also be asking yourself, just why I am stressing the study of the writings of God for one’s self almost insistently. And to this I say, you may not see things the way I do, and this is really, just perfectly fine, because God has created us to see things differently and to understand His writings with our very own minds and eyes, looking at His words from various, perspectives and standpoints; so we can learn from one another and see things in the writings of God from new and fresh perspectives. What I see in the different writings of God, is the truth in the way I see things, and may not always be in accordance with the way you see things; and I must admit, some of these writings, I have had to look at more than once to see what I had originally saw in the scripture, in the first place. I have also, taken the time to underlined certain key words and key phrases in some of the paragraphs, to help the reader to see the message, in the scriptures, that I see; but then you and I, being different people and maybe from different cultures and back grounds; we are bound to see and understand things differently at times, and that is a good thing; because, just because someone sees things a little differently than someone else, it doesn’t mean that one person is wrong and only one person knows the truth; like some of the people, in this world we live in, seem to, so strongly believe. This is the word of God and the words of God have more than only one interpretation. This is the Creative Word of God; and the meanings of the words of God, our Creator, Who is, in fact, an All-powerful, All-knowing, All-encompassing Creator, have an infinite and inexhaustible, wide range of possibilities, interpretations and understandings; that we can through time, patients and spiritual development come to see and understand for ourselves; if we will only take the time and study and seek out the other meanings of the words for ourselves. “There are also, many other ways to look at the words of God. In fact, there are, inevitably, always other meanings and ways to look at the Holy Writings of God: ‘for it is impossible (for man) to know and understand (all of) the hidden truths of God, which are in His writings and sayings, and the multitude of their meanings.” (From the writings of St. John) For: “Every knowledge hath seventy meanings, of which one only is known amongst the people; ‘We speak one word, and by it we intend one and seventy meanings; each one of these meanings we can explain.’” (Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 254) “The Words of God have innumerable significances and mysteries of meanings — each one a thousand and more.” “Divers and manifold are the interpretations of (God’s) words.” (The Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 155 and Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, pp. 78) 7. “He (Allah/God) it is Who hath sent down to thee The Book (The Qur’án): in it are verses basic and fundamental, others are allegorical,” with “hidden meanings, but no one knows all of its hidden meanings and understandings, except Allah and those who are firmly grounded in knowledge and none will grasp the Message except men of (true) understanding.” And, 18. “Those who listen to the Word, and follow the best (meaning) in it: those are the ones to whom Allah has (truly) guided, and those are the ones endued with (real), understanding.” 10. “There is a Hadis (Hadith) to the effect that each word of the Qur’án has seven meanings.” For “The Qur’án has been revealed in seven different ways.” “We have put forth for men, in this Qur’án every kind of parable, in order that they (the believers) may receive admonition.” 27. “And if all the trees on earth were pens and the Oceans (were ink), with seven Oceans behind it to add unto its (supply), yet would not the Words of Allah be exhausted: for Allah is Exalted in Power and Full of Wisdom.” 5. “From Allah, verily nothing is hidden on earth, or in the heavens. He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. There is no god but Him, The Exalted in Might, The Wise. He, it is, Who has sent down unto thee the Book: in it are verses basic or fundamental, while others are allegorical.” 35 “And Allah (does speak) to mankind in allegories, for Allah is The Knower of all things.” 18. And “Those who listen to the Word, and follow the best in it: those are the ones whom Allah has guided, and those are the ones endued with understanding.” (Mathnavi of Rumi, Masnavi Vol 3 and Hadith, Bukhari Vol 3, Book 41, # 601 and Qur’an, Surahs 24, 31 and 39) (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 3 and 39) And, 11. “This Our word I have proclaimed (to thee) as a symbol to be learned. So, to whom will this hidden, mystic gift of Ours be given, that he may (learn to know all the multitude of hidden meanings found within) The Zend-Avesta.” “Then consider this, too, thus: namely that one ought to endeavor most for meditations on the Religion, that is, on the (mysterious) Avesta and Zand; for the soul.” (Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Khorda Avesta – Book of Common Prayer pt. 1 and Denkard) John “for it is impossible (for a man) to understand (all) the (many) hidden truths of God which are in His sayings, and the multitude of their meanings.” (From the writings of St. John) John 6:63 “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Colossians 2:1 “For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;” 2:3 “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” For, 1 Corinthians 2:7 “we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God (hath) ordained before the world unto our glory.” (The King James Bible) And, 218. “As the man who digs with a spade (into the ground) obtains water, even so the obedient (pupil) obtains the knowledge (and understanding), which lies hidden (in Brahma’s words);” “the hidden truths of religion, embalmed within the ancient Upanishads.” (Hindu, Laws of Manu chapter 2 and the Mahabharata) And, “As I understand the meaning of the Blessed One’s (Buddha’s) discourses, he has no (real, absolute) system of doctrine that can be specifically formulated. And why is this? Because of, what the Blessed One adumbrates (gives partial disclosure or hints at) in the terms of the Dharma which is, in reality, inscrutable and inexpressible. With the true message being of a purely spiritual concept,” (Buddha, Diamond Sutra) So, “Lord of the mystic books of truth, Lord of ‘Letters-of-Truth’ “The name of the Life (Haiyi/God) and the name of Manda-d-Hiia be pronounced upon thee! The name of the great mystic Wellspring is pronounced upon thee and the name of the great Mystery, of the mystic Word, is pronounced upon thee.” (Sabeanism ,Ginza Rba- 173 and 410,) This is one of the reasons we humans see things, in the writings of God, a little differently from one person to another; there is more than one way to look at, and understand the writings of God; because this is The Living Word of God. There are innumerable ways to look at and understand the messages God is trying to get across to us, and this is, as I said earlier, a very good thing, because we can help to train and teach each other and learn from one another, the various intricacies that are found hidden within God’s holy word. “O peoples of the world! Cast away, in My name that transcendeth all other names, the things ye possess, and immerse yourselves in this Ocean in whose depths lay hidden the pearls of wisdom and of utterance, an ocean that surgeth in My name, the All-Merciful. Thus instructeth you He with Whom is the Mother Book.” “Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid within its depths.” (Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, pp. 33 and 136) We have much to learn from our Creator in this life of ours, if we will just learn to work together, one with another. Think of all that we can truly accomplish together, if we only learn to work together. Together, we can unravel the secrets and mysteries that lie hidden within God’s Holy Words. We can study and learn the words of God together, in true unity, not conflict; for the more we know, about our Creator, the closer we can come to our Heavenly Father and the more we can become like our Creator and Heavenly Father, which is, in reality what we were put here for in the first place; if you think about it: Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: (Genesis King James Bible). “Surely, when we realize how God loves and cares for us, we should so order our lives that we may become more like Him.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 120) 1 John 3:1 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” (King James Bible) The more we become like God the more we will become united in a common cause and the more we worship and love God, the closer we become like the one human family God created us to be: BAHA’I: “The unity which is productive of unlimited results is first (of all) a unity of mankind, which recognizes that all (men) are sheltered beneath the overshadowing glory of the All-Glorious; that all are servants of One God; for all breathe the same atmosphere, live upon the same earth, move beneath the same heavens, receive effulgence from the same sun and are under the protection of One God.” “For God is One and humanity is one and the only creed of the prophets is love and unity.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, pp. 66 and 99) THE BAB (The forerunner of Baha’u’llah): “Unity (was/is) the goal that ‘excelleth every goal!” (The Bábí & Baha’i Religions, p. 83) ISLAM: 148. “To each is a goal to which Allah turns him; then strive together (as in a race) (even as one race) toward all that is good. Where-so-ever ye are, Allah will bring you together, for Allah hath power over all things.” “The Prophet said, ‘I just wanted to attract and unite their hearts (of men).”’ (Islam, The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 2 and Hadith, Bukhari Vol 9, Book 93, # 527) CHRISTIANITY: Ephesians 4:2 “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” JUDAISM: Psalms 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” ZOROASTEISM: “Love attracts, while fear repels. Thus love is the principle of unity, unity with God and unity with men.” “When men love and help one another to the best of their power they derive the greatest pleasure from loving their fellow men,” (in unity) (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 500, 507) HINDU: “The world is overcome- aye! even here! By such as fix their faith on Unity. The sinless Brahma dwells in Unity, and they in Brahma, (dwell together in unity).” “He who thus vows His soul to the Supreme Soul, quitting sin, Passes unhindered to the endless bliss Of unity with Brahma,” and unity with one another. (Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapters 5 and 6) BUDDHISM: “He avoids tale-bearing, and abstains from it. What he has heard here, he does not repeat there, so as to cause dissension there; and what he heard there, he does not repeat here, so as to cause dissension here. Thus he unites those that are divided; and those that are united, he encourages.” ((The Eightfold Path), Buddha, the Word (The Eightfold Path)) SABEANISM: “Praise Be Thee, for amongst them all hatred, envy and dissensions exist not (for they are united together, in true unity). The Place which is all portals of radiance, light and glory Praiseth Thee.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 75) Bahá’í Faith: “He Who is the Lord of Being is witness that this Wronged One hath besought from God for His creatures whatever is conducive to unity and harmony, fellowship and concord, by the righteousness of God!” (Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 38) Unity, the unity of man, the unity with God; unity is an extremely, extremely, important concept taught in all of God’s religions; I hope you can see that now. Clearly, all of the writings of God, express the need for mankind to be united in love and harmony, and live together in peace and goodwill with one another; and yet men somehow fail to see this. Clearly, there are still a great many human beings, living on this little planet of ours, that still don’t read and study the writings of God for themselves? These people must be letting other people read and interpret God’s Holy Writings for them; because, if we still don’t have peace and love amongst all of mankind, something is definitely wrong with this whole picture. Because, even if you don’t believe in or follow the writings, of the other religions books of God, that still leaves the religious writings that you claim to believe in, which does, in fact, state that we should be living in peace with one another; so, you really have no excuse for bad, hateful behavior towards another. Maybe this is just one of those very sound, practical reasons why all of God’s holy manifestations, so strongly encourage all of mankind to read and study God’s holy writings for themselves. So, other men, who have their own personal, twisted agendas, can’t lie to us and confuse and twist God’s Holy Word around, for their own personal gain, while they lead the rest of mankind around by the nose, while they play out their sick, twisted, depraved little games, to the detriment of the rest of humanity. I mean let’s think about this for a minute? Why do men of hate, hate and hurt one another, and claim that it’s all in the name of God? Surly this can’t be, because they are reading God’s holy writings, for themselves, with a completely open mind, unbiased by hatred, or things they have been told to believe. I mean really, think about it? Where does it really teach of hate and cruelty in the writings of God? I mean get real; God is not a God of meanness and hate; His teachings and writings speak of love and good will towards all of humanity. John 13:34 “Love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” Romans 13:8 “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” 1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” 3:11 “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” So, 4:11 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought, also to love one another.” Deuteronomy 7:13 “And He (God) will Love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee.” 23:5 “Nevertheless The LORD thy God – loved thee.” 33:12 “And, The beloved of The LORD shall dwell in safety by Him; and The Lord shall cover him, all the day long, and He shall dwell between His, (man’s) shoulders (and His, God’s, love shall be found in the heart of men).” 10:19 “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Leviticus 19:18 “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am The LORD.” (King James Bible) Then I say, 177. “Believe in Allah and the Angels, and the Book, and spend of out your substance out of your love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; be than, steadfast in prayer and practice regular charity, fulfill the contracts, which ye have made and be patient, in all things; pain, suffering and adversity throughout all the periods of (your life). Such are these people of a truth the Allah fearing.” (Qur’an (Yusuf Ali) Surah 2) 31. And, “Allah will love you, and forgive you — for Allah is (Loving), Oft-Forgiving and Most Merciful.” 79. “Be ye true worshippers of Allah, Who is truly the Cherisher (Lover) of all, praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds!” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali) Surahs 3 and 10) For, “You should be a source of comfort, love and respect.” (Islam, Ali b. Abi Taalib) 10. “The (real, true) believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation — and fear Allah, that ye may receive (His) Mercy.” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 49) “God (Ahura Mazda) is really all about love, and His Loving Presence may be felt everywhere.” “Zarathustra (Zoroaster) enjoins love for the whole of mankind. One who does not love man, does not really love God; for it should be realized that one soul resides in all of mankind. Thus one should be a friend to everyone. This is the social service, which is the concrete of the life of society and the individual, it is not to be held, or confined, to any particular country, but should extend throughout the world to the whole of humanity.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 547, 548 and 834) “The brotherhood of man is the idea that appealed to Him (God/Ahura Mazda) most. And that is the only meaning of the Service of the soul of the world.” “For if God is The One Father of all men, then all men are equal.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 549 and 550) “Love attracts, while fear repels. Thus love is the magnet and principle of unity, unity with God and unity with all men.” “When men love and help one another to the best of their power they derive the greatest of pleasure from loving their fellowmen.” “The religion of The Gatha (Zoroastrianism) is The Religion of Love and Mazda is the friend of men.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 500, 507 and Denkard) 6. In Hinduism and Buddhism we find that many gods are talked about by many different names, but I have discovered through my research into the many, various religions of God that the Hindu and Buddhist people actually believe in only one God, like the majority of the other religions found here on this earth; it’s just that God, in the Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, is known by many different names; but all of those names are actually, in reality, names of The One and only God we all know: He is “BRAHMA (God) and the flaming AGNI, VISHNU lord of heavenly light, INDRA and benign VIVASAT ruler of the azure height, SOMA and the radiant BHAGA, and KUVERA lord of gold, and VIDHATRI The Great Creator, worshipped by the saints of old, VAYU breath of the living creatures, YAMA monarch of the dead, VARUNA with His fetters, which the trembling sinners dread and the Holy Spirit of GAYATRI god-dess of the morning prayer, VASUS and the hooded NAGAS, golden-winged GARUDA the fair, KARTIKEYA the heavenly leader strong to conquer and to bless, DHARMA god of human duty, and of human righteousness, that Shrines of all these bright Immortals ruling in the skies above and Filling the pure and peaceful forest with Calm and Holy Love!” And we, as followers of (Brahma/Vishnu/God) are to “Show love and kindness to all here below.” (Hinduism, Ramayana (R. Dutt, abridged tr) and Vedas, Rig Veda – Book 10) And, “I Am alike for all! I know not hate, I know not favour! What is made is Mine! But them that worship Me with love, I love; they are in Me, and I in them!” “Yea! Knowing Me the source of all; by Me all creatures are wrought. The wise in spirit cleave to Me, into My Being brought; with Hearts fixed on Me; breaths breathed to Me; praising Me, each to each. So have they happiness and peace, with pious thought and speech and unto these- thus serving well. Thus loving ceaselessly- I give a mind of perfect mood, whereby they draw to Me; and all for love of them I with-in their darkened souls dwell, and, with bright rays of wisdom’s lamp, their ignorance I dispel.” “And with Endless Life, and boundless Love, and power sustaineth each one of them.” So, again, now in Hinduism and Buddhism we find that God, by whatever name He chooses to go by, is all about Love and His teachings are for us to show forth love and fellowship to one another. God is not a God of meanness and hate, as some people would have us believe; but God is All Loving and His real teachings are all about love and fellowship for all of us: “Love is the mainspring of every energy! Tolerance towards each other, desire of understanding each other, knowing each other, helping each other, forgiving each other (is a requirement for all).” “The divine purpose is that men should live in unity, concord and agreement and should love one another” “O Son of Man!” “I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.” 5. “O SON OF BEING!” “Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant.” (Moojan Momen, The Bábí and Baha’i Religions, p. 60 The Bahá’í Faith, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 175 and The Arabic Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh) “The true Samana (student) who is seeking the way to Brahma, let him have thoughts of love everywhere throughout the whole world pervading with (true) thoughts of love far reaching beyond measure, all embracing. Regard all with mind set free and filled with deep felt love. This is the way to a state of union with Brahma (God/ Who is all love). Be filled with thoughts of pity, sympathy and equanimity far reaching beyond measure, all-embracing even for all things that have form, or life with deep felt pity, sympathy and equanimity not one is set aside (love all equally).” (Buddha the Tevigga Sutra) “Diffuse Thy light over all who love.” For Thy sake do we love all that liveth, humanity is one in love. (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 76) “We will pray with Thee the uthras prayer and ask of Thee, of The Great (Life or Haiyi or God), a petition for ourselves and for our friends, for our friends’ friends and for those who love the great Family of Life.” “Praise Thee, amongst them all hatred, Envy and dissensions exist not, (does not exist).” “The Place which is all portals of radiance and light and glory, Praised be to Thee.’ ‘May the gate of sin be barred to them and the gate of light be open for them.’ ‘May they all be knit together in the communion of Life, in which there is no separation.’ ‘I will come and will fly and will reach the sons of my Name,’ ‘the sons of my Sign, and the sons of the great Family of Life.” “Diffuse Thy light (and Thy love), over all who love!’ And ‘For Thy sake do we love all that liveth; therefore, humanity is one in love; and brotherhood.” (The Ginza Rba- chapters 34, 75 and 76) “Diffuse Thy light over all who love! For Thy sake do we love all that liveth; and (all of) humanity is one in Thy love. (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 76) So, “The divine purpose is that men should live in unity, concord and agreement and should love one another” (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith – Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 245) I think this pretty much gets my message across that God is really a God of love and not hate, and that His religions are also about love and not hate. If these various verses that I have picked out for your perusal don’t meet with your approval, or you feel that I haven’t really made a true case that God is really a God of love, Who is telling all of mankind to love one another and to live in peace with one another; then let me challenge you. Open up the books of God and read and study His word and holy writings for yourself? And if you find a real aversion to this, at least open up the book of God that you are familiar with, and read it. If you really want to know the real truth, for yourself, you are just going to have to clear your mind of all the previous things you have been told to just believe in and just accept, and you are actually going to have to physically read what God’s Holy Writings actually say for yourself, and make a decision about all of this, for yourself. Then if you still feel that the writings of God teach you to hate others and find that your heart is still filled with hate for your fellow man, than at least you have looked for yourself and came to your very own conclusion and you are not just being told what you should believe in. As for all the rest and what your final actions are going to be towards others, that is something you are just going to have to take up with God, because He is watching you, no matter what you say or do, no matter what you do to, or for others? We will all be held accountable for our actions and beliefs in the end!!! You may have also noticed that there are quite a few words and sentences enclosed in parentheses? In most cases this is the way I found the passages in the writings of God, but in some cases I have used this to help indicate a certain meaning I see being expressed in the writings, or to help enlighten the reader to a certain truth I see being conveyed to us. You may also have noticed that some of these topics seem to appear more than once throughout this work, and to this I say, the writings of our Creator have more than one meaning, as I have already demonstrated; and since these topics, I am using, look at the writings of God from different angles and standpoints the reader can, again, come to see that the writings of God can be viewed from different perspectives and points of view. So to recap: All the religions of God tell us that we should be united together, as one human family, which only makes sense, because we all worship one God: “We believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one; and it is to Him we bow.” Therefore, 103 “Hold (ye) fast, all together, by the rope (The Love) which Allah stretches out for you, and be not divided amongst yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favor on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His grace, ye became brethren; Thus doth Allah make his signs clear to you: that ye may be guided.” (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 3 and 29) Malachi 2:10 “Have we not all one Father (God)? hath not one God created us?” Zechariah 7:9 “Thus speaketh (God) The LORD of hosts, shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother” Mark 12:32 “For there is one God; and there is none other but He:” 1 John 4:21 “And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God (shall) love his brother also.” 1 John 3:11 “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” (King James Bible) “Mazda is not The God, of any particular tribe. The doors of Ahura Mazda are not closed to foreigners. So as soon as anyone of them becomes fit, he is to be included in the fold.” “Love of God is calculated to remove the distinction(s) between one nation and another.” Thus, “Zarathustra enjoins love for the whole of mankind. One who does not love mankind, does not really love God. It should be realized that one soul resides in all. Thus one should be a friend to everyone.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 542, 544, 547 and 548) “Thou art Brahma, and thou art Vishnu, thou art Mazda, thou art Rudra, thou Pragapati, thou art Agni, Varuna, Vayu, thou art Indra.” “And when they say sacrifice to this, or sacrifice to that god,’ each god is but His manifestation, for He is all of the gods.” “Fourfold are our human duties: first to study holy lore, Then we are to live as good householders, feed the hungry at our door, Then to pass our days in penance, last to fix our thoughts above, But the final goal of virtue, it is Truth and deathless Love,” on all alike. “Be united, be in harmony, in affection, Radiant, with kindly thought Clothed in good and strength; united have I made your minds, your ordinances, your hearts.” (Hindu, Upanishads vol. 2, Brihadaranyaka, Maitrayana-Brahmaya and Hindu, Mababharata and Vedas, Yajur Veda – Kanda IV) “I (Brahma/God) am known by uncounted trillions of names. They address me by (these) different names, not realizing that they are all names of the one same (God), Tathagata. Some recognize me as Tathagata, some as The Self-existent One, some as Gautama the Ascetic, some as Buddha. Then there are others who recognize me as Brahma, as Vishnu, as Ishvara; some see me as Sun, as Moon; what they have imagined, and fail to see that the name they are using is only one of the many names of the Tathagata.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra) So than, “After they, (these people) attain to self-realization, they will find themselves reacting spontaneously to the impulses of a great and compassionate heart that is endowed with skillful and boundless means and sincerely and they will find themselves wholly devoted to the emancipation of all the human beings. Not until all discrimination is abandoned is their perfect emancipation.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra) So than, now, “Owing to their original vows they will be transported by emotions of love and compassion, as they become aware of the part they are to perform in the carrying out of their vows for the emancipation of all beings. Thus for they do not enter into Nirvana, but, in truth, they too are already in Nirvana, because in their emotions of love and compassion there is no rising of discrimination; henceforth, with them, discrimination no more takes place (only brotherhood with all mankind).” (Buddha Lankavatara Sutra) “Manda d-Haiyi (Haiyi/Hiia/God), Sublimest of beings, Knowledge of Life is Thy name, Truth is Thy name. Pure is Thy name, Magnified is Thy name, Honoured is Thy name, Blessed is Thy name And Abiding is Thy name. Victorious art Thou and Victorious is Thy name. Victorious are the words of Truth, which proceed from out of Thy mouth Over all deeds.” “He is, The Great Life, God is His name; the God of all names.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 75) So, “We will pray with Thee and ask of Thee, of the Great (Life, God), a petition for ourselves, for our friends, for our friends’ friends and for those who love the great Family of Life.” “Praise be to Thee, for amongst them all hatred and Envy and dissensions exist not. The Place, which is all portals of radiance, light and glory, Praiseth Thee.” “May the gate of sin be barred to them and the gate of light be open for them. May they all be knit together in the communion of Life in which there is no separation.” “I will come and will fly And will reach the sons of my Name, the sons of my Sign, and the sons of the great Family of Life.” “Diffuse Thy light over all who love. For Thy sake do we love all that liveth; therefore, humanity is one in love and brotherhood.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 34, 75 and 76) And, “There is none other God but Thee, the Omnipotent, the Self-Subsisting; Thou art God, there is no God besides Thee and that all men shall be raised up to life through Thee.” So, “Denounce ye not one another, ere the Day-Star of Ancient Eternity shineth forth above the horizon of His sublimity. We have created you (all) from one tree and have caused you to be as the leaves and fruit of the same tree, that haply ye may become a source of comfort to one another. Regard ye not others save as ye regard your own selves, that no feelings of aversion may prevail amongst you, (for) it behooveth you all to be one indivisible people.” (Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 1 and 127) “There is one God; mankind is one; the foundations of religion are one.” And so, “Our God is one God, The Creator of all mankind (and) He provides for and protects all.” So “there can be no doubt, what-so-ever, that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source and are the subjects of One God (The Creator and The One Heavenly Father).” (Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 20 Baha’i World Faith p. 279 and Baha’u’llah, The Proclamation of Baha’u’llah, p. 114) Unity than, is such a small, tiny word, but its implications are so very grand and its implications, so far reaching. I have tried to demonstrate that the religious writings of God all agree, with one another, through the essential religious teachings found throughout all of the religions of God; with the oneness of God being taught in all of these religious faiths; so we can see the oneness of religion and the oneness of man being taught and envisioned through the words of the manifestations of God; which should, in principal, lead to a united world and peace on earth like it is in heaven; which up to this point has not happened yet. “Inasmuch as human interpretations and blind imitations differ widely, religious strife and disagreement have arisen among mankind and the light of true religion has been extinguished and the unity of the world of humanity destroyed.” (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 225) So than, it all comes back down to us, and the very, real investigation into the writings of God, independently, and the search of truth for ourselves? If man is ever going to find and have any real peace, men are going to have to open up their eyes and take a real look for him, or herself, instead of just blindly accepting whatever dogma and theology the clergy wishes for us to believe: “O my brother, when a true seeker determineth to take the step of search in the path leading to the knowledge Of The Ancient of Days, he must, before all else, cleanse and purify his heart, which is the seat of the revelation of the inner mysteries of God, from the obscuring dust of all acquired knowledge, and the allusions of the embodiments of satanic fancy. He must purge his breast, which is the sanctuary of the abiding love of the Beloved, of every defilement and sanctify his soul from all that pertaineth to water and clay (and) from all shadowy and ephemeral attachments. He must so cleanse his heart, that no remnant of either love or hate may linger therein, lest that love blindly incline him to error or that hate repel him away from the truth. Even as thou dost witness in this day how most of the people, because of such love and hate, are bereft of the immortal Face, have strayed far from the Embodiments of the divine mysteries, and, shepherdless, are roaming through the wilderness of oblivion and error. That seeker must, at all times, put his trust in God, (he) must renounce the peoples of the earth, detach himself from the world of dust, and cleave unto Him Who is the Lord of Lords. He, (the seeker) must never seek to exalt himself above any one, must wash away from the tablet of his heart, every trace of pride and vainglory, must cling unto patience and resignation, observe silence, and refrain from idle talk. For the tongue is a smoldering fire, and (the) excess of speech a deadly poison. Material fire consumeth the body, whereas the fire of the tongue devoureth both heart and soul. The force of the former lasteth, but for a (short) time, whilst the effects of the latter endure a century.” “That seeker should also regard backbiting as grievous error, and keep himself aloof from its dominion, in-as-much as backbiting quencheth the light of the heart, and extinguisheth the life of the soul. He should be content with little, and freed from all inordinate desire. He should treasure the companionship of those that have renounced the world, and regard avoidance of boastful and worldly people (as) a precious benefit. At the dawn of every day he should commune with God, and with all his soul persevere in the quest of his Beloved. He should consume every wayward thought with the flame of His loving mention, and, with the swiftness of lightning, pass by all else save Him. He should succour the dispossessed, and never withhold his favour from the destitute. He should show kindness to (all) animals, how much more (than), unto his fellow-man, to him who is endowed with the power of utterance. He should not hesitate to offer up his life for his Beloved, nor allow the censure of the people to turn him away from the Truth. He should not wish for others that which he doth not wish for himself, nor promise that which he doth not fulfil. With all his heart should the seeker avoid fellowship with evil doers, and pray for the remission of their sins. He should forgive the sinful, and never despise his low estate, for none knoweth what his own end shall be. How often hath a sinner, at the hour of death, attained to the essence of faith, and, quaffing the immortal draught, hath taken his flight unto the celestial Concourse. And how often hath a devout believer, at the (very) hour of his soul’s ascension, been so changed as to fall into the nethermost fire. Our purpose in revealing (all of) these convincing and weighty utterances, is to impress upon the seeker, that he should regard all else beside God as transient, and count all things save Him, Who is the Object of all adoration, as utter nothingness.” (Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, pp. 192 thru 194) Now this doesn’t mean that we should never listen to what someone else has to say, it just means that we are responsible to ascertain, for ourselves, whether what we are being told is in accordance with truth or not; which means that we have to investigate the word of God along with anything and everything else that is said to us, for our very own selves; “because there is your truth and my truth and then there is the truth,” which is found by investigation into what we are being told and in the teachings and writings of God; which brings us back full circle to the reason why I spent all of these years doing research and spent another number of years writing this book, along with the others that are in the planning stages. I am trying to help mankind to get along with one another by demonstrating that there is, but one God and He loves all of mankind, and He has a plan for all of mankind, which He has been trying to tell us, all along, through these different religions, which all add up to the one religion, which comprises all the religions. So, all of these splintered activities on the part of men, and all these conflicts and confrontations are just baseless and the lack of a good, thorough, moral education on the part of these flawed individuals who are perpetrating all these terrible crimes against humanity; and I say again, a severe lack of good, moral, spiritual, religious education on the part of these really depraved individuals, who would destroy all of humanity, just to satisfy, what they think is their own right, or cause; twisting and turning, and recreating God’s Holy Word just to suit their own debased, twisted needs; because anyone who has truly studied the writings of God, with a searching, inquiring, open mind, knows that real God given morals, don’t condone such activities, as violence and hatred against fellow human beings, or the total disregard for human welfare and life. God’s religions teach of the love of one another and respect and mercy and justice and a whole number of other spiritual teachings, that place mankind on a firm foundation of righteousness and spiritually, promoting healthy life and activities, that lead all of humanity down a road of prosperity and spiritual happiness, that brings all of humanity closer to God, and eventually leads him to a home in heaven; which I hope I have already demonstrated, and will continue to demonstrate throughout the rest of this book. I dedicate this book to peace, in the hope that this work, this whole massive undertaking, may help to bring an end to all of this senseless hatred and violence, that has hindered the true progress of humanity up to this point; and help mankind to get along with one another and help bring unity to the world of mankind, through the truths that are discussed in this work. We just need to open up our hearts to the all-encompassing love God has for all of mankind, not just one little group of people; which, in itself, would help prevent most, if not, all of these senseless atrocities and criminal activities men do to one another; in the name of self-indulgence and love of self. We also need to keep an open mind to the various truths found within all of God’s holy writings, which leads to our overall spiritual education and development; and we need to also be observant of the good traits found within our fellow human brothers and sisters, which will help lead us to true harmony and fellowship with one another within this wonderful human family of ours. Now as to the format of this work, this book is not broken down into chapters like most books, but is written in a format of individual topics that allows the reader to ether read this whole, entire work through from cover to cover, gleaning what he can from these writings as he goes along, or allow him to pick and choose from any of the over 370+ topics and subtopics, giving him the freedom to skim over the list of subjects and pick and choose what is interesting to him, or is useful to him in his investigation. Also, I have taken the extra time and made it a point to indicate, for the reader, where I located each individual quotation from, at either the beginning or ending of each quotation, or series of quotations; so the reader, or researcher can find the book the quote is found in, and read it for him or herself; allowing each reader to verify the truth and validity of the quotations, used within this work, with relative ease; although I must admit, that some of these quotations varied from one translation to another, and the quotations can also vary, as-well, from one book printing to another, due to academic revisions; and some of these quotations are buried deeply within lengthy works that have no paragraph, or page number indicated; and there is nothing I was able do about that. “It is what it is” as a friend of mine sometimes tells me, when life gets a little complicated; and there is not much any of us can do about it. Man is always trying to change things, and make, what he thinks are improvements to things, such as the writings of God, which of course, changes the perspective for the reader, as to what he thinks the scripture is trying to say, and as I said earlier, “it is what it is” and all we can do is try to understand what we have been given and hope that we are, at least, on the right track, as to what truth God’s holy manifestation was originally trying to say to us. And, I must also admit, that I myself, may be guilty of some of these slight modifications and infractions, because in some instances, there were so many very, good quality examples of topic passages by one manifestation or another, to choose from, that instead of leaving many quotes out, due to the sheer bulk of this endeavor, I chose to lump some of these quotes together, so the reader would have more good quality information to absorb, to help him, or herself make better, more in-formed decisions about the word of God and how they may use it for the benefit of mankind. Also, the reader might have notice that some of these topics I have chosen to include in this work, may not actually be the type of topics that only deal with good morals and the improvement of good genuine character development, or are of the essential religious teachings I talked so much about in this work? And this is because, not all of the various topics, I keep finding, that seem to keep appearing over and over again, throughout all the writings of God, are essential teachings, that always deal with good character development and the knowledge of and about God; but instead, some of these teachings are warnings to mankind; while others are prophecies of events that occur over and over again, with each new manifestation from God; while, still others, just seem to be, in general, just guidelines that help guide us along in our quest for better spiritual understanding of God and, in general, just help us to get along with one another; while revealing other teachings, that are ever building on an ever greater developing human civilization that is slowly moving humanity to the point of being one human family, which will end all warfare and bring about the general hope of a better future for our children and our children’s children, and so forth, into an ever advancing human civilization blossoming across the whole face of the earth. As to the word hope, it is my hope that you will get out of this work, something that will help you along in whatever path you have chosen for yourself, and that maybe you will come to understand a little more about what God’s purpose is for us, here in this life; and maybe you will come just a little bit closer to your Creator and your fellow human brothers and sisters; and that love and peace may finally become a reality in this human world of ours. As for all of these years of research I have put into this work, the main religions I used in the research of this book were Sabeanism; (Sabean, found in the bible or the Sabians of the Qur’an, which is the religion of Adam, the father of mankind, and his 3rd son Seth, and also maybe some of the writings of Enoch). I have also used the religion of Hinduism, or Hindu, the religion of Krishna; and Zoroastrianism, which is the religion of Zoroaster (Zarathustra). Buddhism is also one of the main religions I used, in this book, from Buddha; and Judaism, the religion of Moses, as well as The Bible, which is about, The Christian religion, founded by Jesus Christ. I also used quotes from Islam, the religion of Muhammad, which was also one of the main religions I used in the writing of this book; and then I also used writings of the religion of The Bab (the forerunner of Baha’u’llah); and then finally I have used many, many quotes from The Bahá’í Faith, the religion of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet founder of the newest revelation from God on this earth. The main books I used in this project were quite numerous; many of these books were found right in the Bahá’í Writings, which can now be excessed on line. I also used The Selections from the Writings of The Bab and the Dawn breakers. The Qur’án, the book of Muhammad, and The Holy Bible, and the Torah, the writings of both Moses and Jesus Christ were also used. The Eight Fold Path, the Dhammapada and The Buddhist Bible were among the many religious books I used from The Buddha, as well as the writings of the, Bhagavad gita, The Laws of Manu, The Mahabharata, The Ramayana, and The Vedas as well as The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, I used all from the religion of Krishna. The Avesta, The Denkard and the Hymns of Zarathustra were the books I used from the writings of Zoroaster (Zarathustra), and The Ginza Rba, the canonical prayer book of Mandaeans from the Sabean religion, which is the writings of Adam, the father of mankind, I also used. I sought out the Sabean Writings with some difficulties. I wanted to give the person, reading my work, something different that he or she can study, that is not so readily available, and yet, one can easily see, from the writings of this religion, that this religion, like the nine other religions, I used in the makeup of book, is unmistakably the work of The One, True, God; Who has been guiding the hands and mouths of all of His holy manifestations, to mankind, from the beginning of time. Now I am sure there are some people out there that are thinking to themselves “Ha I could take the writings from these very same books of religion, you used, and write a book ten times the size of this one you wrote, showing all of the discrepancies and differences between all of these religions,” and I am the first to admit, I would agree with you on every occasion. I could have written a book based completely on the material laws or the accidental laws, that are subject to change with the advent of each and every manifestation of God and absolutely shown how the writings of, each and every one of these religions, differed from one dispensation to another dispensation, or from one religion to another religion; and all of this would be absolutely 100% true. The, more than numerous, differences between these different religions, of God, would seem to appear almost insurmountable, in the dissimilarities, divergences and discrepancies between these different religions; but then again, we would, also have to take into account, all the, all too real, differences and divergences, in the human culture of mankind at these various periods in history if we were really being true and sincere and honest with ourselves. Because, everything dealing with humanity, would have been completely different from one age to the next, and so there would have been the need for different laws and ordinances for mankind at these times; so, these major, dissimilarities in all of these material laws and ordinances, given to mankind at these different periods of time, would have been justified, in each and every case; and that is not to even mention, all of the various traditions and dogmas that man would have had time to come up with and create, for himself through the clergy, which would almost, certainly differ from one religion to the next. The thing is, I chose to write about all of the essential laws and teachings of these religions of God, that are the same with each and every religion and dispensation; because these are the ordinances and instructions, that come to us from God, that deal with the progressive nature of the soul in man, and the spiritual advancement of the human soul towards it’s Creator. These are the laws that count! These are the rules that cause the growth and advancement of mankind in this world and in the next. These are the actual, real laws that are actually going to unify man of the future, and bring about “peace on earth like it is in heaven.” The rest of these laws and teachings, are really just dealing with the differing problems and conditions of this mortal world we live in; which are not useless by any means, because, all of these laws and regulations deal with the very, real formation and advancement of an ever progressing human civilization throughout the world of mankind, moving us closer towards real solutions to and for, our ever changing, ever present problems of mankind’s interactions with one another; and I’ll leave it at that. Now, I know that there are some people out there, who are not going to believe in what I am trying to accomplish here, or agree with what I am trying to demonstrate to mankind, no matter how much logic and reason I use, or how many verses and quotations from the different religions of God I quote, and that’s just fine. I am not trying to convert or change anyone from who or what they are; that is something that is strictly between you and God, your Creator. I am only stating what the religions of God are, in fact, actually saying in His religious books. I’m not sugar coating it, or trying to reinvent it. This is not some new form of theology or dogma, or any other form of man-made inventions and interpretations of the word of God. This is all just, plain and simple, straight, forward quotations, that I have found in the writings of God, as close to what I could locate, of the true actual statements of the messengers, as I could find. I am not trying to reinterpret the writings of God, though I do state what I think the writings of God are actually saying about the various topics and how they all fit together in this grand puzzle of His, and how they reflect His will towards us; but I’m also telling you to come to your own conclusions about God’s writings for your very own selves. I am absolutely not trying to convince you to think the way I do. If you don’t see something the way I do, that’s fine. This is not something that is between you and me. I am only putting the writings out there for the people to look at and come to their very own conclusions based on the information and evidence at hand; this is not some preconceived ideas and notions that have been passed down throughout the ages, telling you what to believe in. Your belief is something that is strictly between you and your God. These quotations are all from His verses and His quotations, that He has revealed to all of mankind throughout the ages, through His various manifestations. The only thing I had to do, with any of this, was to search throughout the religious writings of His prophets, find the particular quotations, about the various religious topics, I found of interest in His religious books, and record them; generally giving brief statements on what I believe the quotations are actually saying to us and telling us, and why these writings are pertinent to that particular topic, and to the general overall needs of humanity at this particular juncture in time; and again, all of this, is based on the quotations I have found in His Holy Books. This book is designed for you to examine freely and privately, if you choose, unhindered by people telling you what you should or shouldn’t believe in, so you can come to your very own, personal, conclusions based on what God’s writings actually have to say about the particular topics indicated here. Your thoughts and conclusions and what you actually decide to do about them, is again, strictly between you and your Creator. The only thing I am doing here is putting the message of God, and His various prophets, out there for you and everyone else to look at and judge for yourselves. As to your investigations, whoever you might be, male or female; Good luck in your studies and in all of your future endeavors. May the gift God has chosen to bequeath on us, settle upon you and those you love, and may true happiness, become more abundantly into your lives and that of your families; and God’s will finally be done on this earth. Copyright: Edward Anthony Jewell. This work might be copyrighted for my own protection, but feel free to copy sections or excerpts from this work for research, religious use and work in the name of God and such events; and may God’s Love be always with you!!!