TRUE RELIGION IS...

Why do you -- the spiritual seekers, the
practitioners of mainstream religions -- need a
book of 300 pages? First follow the Ten
Commandments (or equivalent thereof). When
you're done with that, then we'll talk about giving
you 300 pages to read.
"Being spiritual" or "being religious" is when you
feel other sentient beings' suffering, and do
something about it, as if it were Your own.
Any act, thought, impulse or deed -- anything at
all -- that drives toward wholeness, lack of
boundaries, and no division, is good. Therefore
all true religions, which teach brotherhood, love
and charity, are good and to be encouraged, and
those who try to follow them to be applauded.
If a Jew, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu or
member of any religion were to live her or his life
fully in accordance with their holy scriptures,
would -- aside from manner of ritual observance --
their thoughts, words and deeds be any different
as to any person, non-human animal, or thing?
NO.
Anything, especially a religious practice, that
leads you away from, or takes time from, Tikkun
(healing the world) or from solidarity (stopping
torture, rape, mutilation, murder, oppressive
imposition of suffering, unjust and premature
death) -- anything that does so, is of the Devil, not
of God.
Compare:

        True Religion                vs.          False Religion

humbly universalistic          vs.   proudly ethnocentric

emphasize the spiritual/              emphasis on legalistic/
mystical core of the             vs.   ritualistic compliance
religion and the need for 
growth in those areas

prophetic in seeing our       vs.   the self-congratula-
own real selves and                     tions of the Bible's
society                                            false prophets

above all, it would be a                 the God of "In God
religion of the God of           vs.    We Trust" and self-
peace and social justice               aggrandizement
for men, and seek to 
activate the Biblical 
mandate for us all to 
emulate God in working
with all our might for 
those goals

If a religious awakening doesn't eventually
become painful and force a drastic change in the
way you life your life, then either:
a) you were already living the life of a saint in a
saintly society;
b) you've got an ersatz religion; or
c) you're being taught a real religion in a
dishonest way.
 

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