Perspectives on Truth
Each religion establishes a different perspective on the Truth. Each of these may use different words, symbols and metaphors to describe the Truth. In this way Religions provides adherents a shared metaphorical language for communication.
To an outsider these may appear confusing or even contradictory in nature. Transubstantiation in Christianity is “Eating the Body and Drinking the Blood of Christ” which was a metaphor for “becoming like Christ” to the Early Christians; but it was viewed as magical cannibalism by the Romans.
Monotheistic claims are contradicted by the Trinity “Gods” referred to as “The Father”, “The Son” and “The Holy Spirit”; but contradictions such as these fall away once properly understood. Polytheistic Gods and Goddesses can likewise be viewed as manifestations or aspects of the same underlying Original Source or “One God” that can be referred to as “the All”.
Contradictions between Religions
Let’s look at the hypothetical religions of Squarism, Roundism and Trinism. Both Squarism and Trinism are Polytheistic. They agree that “The Truth” has flat sides and angled corners; but disagree on how many corners there are. Roundism completely disagrees with all of the basic tenets of Squarism and Trinism. Roundism insists “the Truth” is a Monotheistic One curved side that loops back around on itself.
Which of these Religions is the Truth?
These three Religions have waged holy wars, killing millions throughout their world’s history in an attempt to declare their beliefs the absolute and only “Truth”. Which is very sad because…
The Absolute or Objective Truth can only be known if one assumes that each religion was telling “the Truth” from a different perspective. Once this is accepted as the Truth then all one must do is resolve for the contradictions. It’s not easy and it takes an open mind to do this properly. Entheogens are able to greatly assist us with this process as they help us gain the perspective of the Divine and see different perspectives of the “Truth”.
The “Truth” is None are the Truth. Objectively.
The “Truth” is All are the Truth. Subjectively.
The Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant is found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sufism and Baha’i. It is another example of this concept. In the parable each of the blind men is describing what they believe is in front of them. But none of them can agree on what it is.
Only by combining the perspectives of them all are they able to “see” what stands before them. In this Parable the Elephant represents “the Truth” and the Blind Men each represent a different perspective of it, a different Religion such as “Squarism, Trinism or Roundism”.
“Reality is one, though wise men speak of it variously.”
The Baha’i phrase “One Light – Many Lamps” refers to all Religions (Lamps) sharing the same Source (Light). The Original Source is the same for us all, but each of us has a unique perspective and understanding of it. A “personal relationship” with it.
Over time language and culture evolves. While the stories and metaphors may have started out being simple and easy for people to understand at the time they were written and told; eventually we reach a point where that is no longer true. Accurate translations are difficult enough between modern languages due to differences in culture and how language is used.
Translating texts written thousands of years ago in an ancient form of a language spoken by a culture that has almost nothing in common with modern cultures; is guaranteed to result in mistranslations. As the number of these mistranslations grow, the beliefs of those who rely on them begins to drift away from the Truth they were based on and into Delusion.
The solution to this problem is known as Progressive Revelation. Throughout history prophets have risen when needed to relight the lamps whose lights have begun to fade away. Some even create new lamps and sing a new song to shed light on the issues facing humanity at the time.
Christianity accepted the Jewish scriptures as divinely inspired while Jesus taught the same Truths found in Hinduism while calling out the Pharisees for misunderstanding their Law.
“Learn by approaching the exalted ones, for that path is sharp as a razor’s edge, impassable, and hard to go by, say the wise…. by knowing which… man is liberated from the jaws of death.”
-Katha Upanishads 1.3.14-15
“Narrow is the path and difficult the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it!”
–Jesus in Matthew 7:14
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.”
–Jesus in Matthew 23:15
Islam accepted the Jewish and Christian scriptures as divinely inspired originally but points out how they had lost their way and the Baha’i and Cao Dai also accept the Abrahamic prophets and teachings as well as several from the East such as Buddha and Krishna.
“We sent Jesus son of Mary, confirming the Torah before him and We gave to him the Gospel, wherein is guidance and light.”
“Had they observed the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to them from their Lord, they would have been overwhelmed with provisions from above and below. Some among them are upright, yet many do nothing but evil.”
One Truth, Many Songs
Omnism is a New Song composed from the Harmony found in the Many Songs that Sing about the Truth of Love and the Love of Truth.
A Religion connecting all Religions together as One. One accepting all Religions as different colors of the same Rainbow created by the Iridescent nature of the Divine many call God, which each of us experiences differently based on our Individual Perspectives.
A Home for the Many to Unite as One.
“And they sang a new song before the throne.”
Mountain of Truth
The paths Up the Mountain of Truth and Down into the Depths of Understanding are
many and varied; but all end up at the same place. Even Atheism does through Empathy.
All the Paths Lead to the Light
“As people approach me, so I receive them. All paths lead to me.”
-Bhagavad Gītā 4:11
Depths of Understanding
God is not Love…
Love is God;
and Love does Exist!