reply to post by xfiler
I think this person ^^^ is the closest to the truth.
It is important for all exoteric believers, which includes Christians and Muslims, to understand that "Rapture's" and "Revelations" hold the
words ("secrets") that can lead to the path of finding what the truth is, but, since even before biblical times, it has been perverted,
misinterpreted and/or distorted to the point that only the very few, most likely those in "secret societies" connected with these religions, who
truly understand the how and why these words were written, can understand there true meaning.
If you study the origins of Religions and Theocracy you will see the many commonalities and realize that this form of belief only divides and confuses
the general follower. It should also be known that many of the original teachings used by these Religions come from more ancient beliefs, such as from
Buddhism, Hinduism, and back even further inside of other forms of more esoteric beliefs and was simply conformed to fit a specific group of people
more so than to clearly teach the truth. This is not to say you should abandon your Religion, as like I said before it too holds the truth, but you
should also not close your mind to the whole picture, dividing mankind even further apart.
I grew up as a Christian, now I am simply searching for knowledge and do not label myself as anything. Buddhist teachings have helped me begin to find
the path and that is to expand my consciousness and search for pure knowledge. If I had to take a stab at "decoding" or deciphering the words of
Christ's return, I would say it is not to be taken literally, but rather as the return of Christ like consciousness, like that of Buddha's and
Muhammad's, although I doubt this will happen for the mass anytime soon. I believe this level of enlightenment is determined by set conditions and
the amount of barriers place upon one, and in order to achieve this level of enlightenment one must have favorable conditions and limitless
Although I do believe we are headed into an era where more and more people, especially more in the west, will finally come to realization of this and
begin to search for "God-like" enlightenment for themselves. Especially since as of recent, being the last 25-50 years, us in the west finally have
access to a much clearer and purer form of these teachings.
Again, I think once the mass begin to realize this, we can keep all religions, as long as we do not take them literal to the point it divides us.
Unfortunately, I also believe once this is accomplished, Religion will be only something we study and philosophize about as a subject like we do