Hi everyone, here's an #introduction. I usually toot at @dragfyre, but I felt it would be good to have a spare account just in case. I'm a #Bahai and will use this account mainly to toot about the Bahá'í Faith, #interfaith, #religion, #spirituality, moral & character #education, #virtues and #ethics, #service to humanity, and things like that.
- God is one
- humanity is one
- religion is one
- drama sux
- politics sux
- adversarial debate sux
- keep it SFW kthx
Most of the great religions seem to use light as a common symbol for the divine or sacred. Think of haloes of light in religious icons and art; the importance attached to the sun, moon and stars, and even lamps; light used in worship. Light reveals truths that were hidden in darkness, and makes clear the path to be followed.
Another possibility: Those first messages weren't really from the Creator, but were just "inspired" somehow or even fake. Well, why would the Creator wait so long to offer genuine guidance?
If you have a vineyard, your grape vines need attention throughout their life. They need a framework to help them grow, and proper care to stay healthy and produce the best fruit. A vintner that leaves plants for years without care is no vintner at all. So why would we ascribe this conduct to God?
The answer I've often heard is that God tests the faithful, who are rewarded for their faith. That's fair, but think about it. If you go back far enough in time, many cultures had to have received some "first" religious message before any other had reached them—first contact with the Creator. Why would that loving Creator send wrong guidance for them to follow for millennia?
Of course, the #Bahai answer is: It wasn't wrong. It was right for the time, the place, and the capacity of the people.
We often think of our #religion as an all-embracing Cause that is the source of truth and guidance for understanding life, the universe, and everything. But then, why are there so many different religions?Why do so many of them claim to be right, and that others are wrong? And if only one of them is true, how is it even possible that an all-loving Creator would allow *so many* of its creatures to follow incorrect guidance and only give the "correct" message to one group of faithful? #interfaith
"What profit is there in agreeing that universal friendship is good, and talking of the solidarity of the human race as a grand ideal? Unless these thoughts are translated into the world of action, they are useless.
The wrong in the world continues to exist just because people talk only of their ideals, and do not strive to put them into practice. If actions took the place of words, the world's misery would very soon be changed into comfort."
Accepting the oneness of #religion and its implications for the world opens up so many new opportunities for discourse, and especially, for meaningful fellowship and unity with others. I imagine it as similar to how scientific study has shown us that different "races" are in fact subtle variations of one human species. We can consider the different religions in the same way, and from these variations we can learn so much about human nature and #spirituality.
To me, the core of #interfaith activity lies not in members of various religions learning to understand and respect one another's traditions, although that's obviously important. Rather, it lies in recognizing the #oneness of #religion—that the world's great religions are part of a continuous process of spiritual evolution through which humanity has learned, step by step, to understand and interact with the great, numinous reality that surrounds and permeates them. #spirituality
What nobody seems to be talking about:
Due to the increased hygiene awareness and rules, fewer people than typical have been infected with other viral or bacterial infections since March.
"Our influenza season ended pretty abruptly in March. In the southern hemisphere the influenza season has gone almost unnoticed. Most other cold viruses have also become rare." (C. Drosten)
There is a lot to learn and research here.
After searching a while, it seems as though there are very few (or none?) Fediverse accounts dedicated to talking about #interfaith and the role of #religion in #society. So I thought I might get in the habit of chatting about such things on a regular basis, and maybe fill some kind of niche.
The question is: What to talk about first? And how often? (And will anybody actually listen?)
“Many people are revisiting prevalent notions of what it means to be a good citizen and ideas about the ‘social contract’. Not harming others is simply not enough. Recognizing our essential oneness and making this a reality implies something far greater.” http://news.bahai.org/story/1449/
@BahaiNews@twitter.com 🔗 https://twitter.com/BahaiNews/status/1305131975825653765
"...All these ties of love are imperfect. It is clear that limited material ties are insufficient to adequately express the universal love. The great unselfish love for humanity is bounded by none of these imperfect, semi-selfish bonds; this is the one perfect love, possible to all mankind, and can only be achieved by the power of the Divine Spirit. No worldly power can accomplish the universal love." – Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 36. #Bahai #love
"...Political love also is much bound up with hatred of one party for another; this love is very limited and uncertain.
The love of community of interest in service is likewise fluctuating; frequently competitions arise, which lead to jealousy, and at length hatred replaces love. A few years ago, Turkey and Italy had a friendly political understanding; now they are at war! ..."
"...Patriotic love is finite; the love of one’s country causing hatred of all others, is not perfect love! Compatriots also are not free from quarrels amongst themselves.
The love of race is limited; there is some union here, but that is insufficient. Love must be free from boundaries! To love our own race may mean hatred of all others, and even people of the same race often dislike each other. ..."
"We must find a way of spreading love among the sons of humanity. Love is unlimited, boundless, infinite! Material things are limited, circumscribed, finite. You cannot adequately express infinite love by limited means.
The perfect love needs an unselfish instrument, absolutely freed from fetters of every kind. The love of family is limited; the tie of blood relationship is not the strongest bond. Frequently members of the same family disagree, and even hate each other. ..."
@sevenvalleys How're you doing over there?
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