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originally posted by: nwtrucker
a reply to: TheJourney
In saying as much, you also, feel you are on the right path as those that identify with a specific religion.
Indeed, your very thread is "religious" by it's very nature. It professes an insight, articulates that insight for the others to learn from...or not.
Obviously, there's an overlap between your 'spirituality' and Religion. The 'flaws' in each religion is equally matched in our own individual flaws. The difference being we tolerate our own more than other's flaw...including "religions".
originally posted by: randyvs
a reply to: TheJourney
But how do you rationalize the FACT that in the end,
after this life is over, there will be one truth? And I mean
one truth for all of everyone who has ever died and will die.
What could possibly make you believe, knowing we have no
control over our own birth or death. That we could some how
have control over what the truth is beyond death. See you can't
just blow off that fact and say all willy nilly and I paraphrase.
"Oh we all experience our own truth after we die"
Can we all make up our own score at the end of a football game?
If I asked you which horse won the triple crown in 1973?
Which horse would you have to say it was?
As you can see, there is only one solid truthful answer, that will live
forever because it is the truth. And it's up to you to know that truth
if want to answer the question. The responsibility lay with you.
And then you can say that really all expression is fundamentally flawed, in that the very utterance of anything specific is inherently exclusive, and thus can have this 'religious' connotation we are painting,
"A young man who had lost his wife in childbirth, and had raised and loved their surviving son with every fiber of his being, was away on business when bandits came and burned down his whole village and took his son away. When the man returned, he saw the ruins and panicked. As he frantically ran around looking for any sign of his beloved son, he came upon a badly burned child that he assumed was indeed the body of his son, and began to weep uncontrollably. The next day he organized a cremation ceremony, collected the ashes and put them in a beautiful little bag, which he vowed to always keep with him, next to his heart.
A few months later, his real son escaped from the bandits and found his way home. He arrived at his father's new cottage at midnight and knocked at the door. The father, still grieving asked, "Who is it?" The child answered, "It is me papa, open the door!" But in his agitated state of mind, convinced his son was dead, the father thought that some young boy was making fun of him. He shouted, "Go away" and once again lost himself in his lonesome misery and tears. After some time, the child left. The Father and son never saw each other again."
After this story, the Buddha said, "Sometime, somewhere, you take something to be the truth. If you cling to it so much, even when the truth comes in person and knocks on your door, you will not open it."