Fundamental Beliefs

I believe, in absolutely no particular order:

  • The beliefs of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada form great religions.
  • Moses was a great Prophet and Judaism is a great religion.
  • Jesus Christ was The Messiah and Christianity is a great religion.
  • Muhammad was a great Prophet and Islam is a great religion.
  • Hinduism is a great religion.
  • Buddhism is a great religion.

I know I am sufficiently ignorant of the beliefs and traditions of other religions that I am unable to comment further on whether they are great.

What makes a religion great? I believe it is not dictated by the power of its messengers, prophets, messiahs, and/or gods. The greatness of a religion is dictated by its attention to love.  And through this attention to love a great religion attracts a large following. Great religions recognize the power of love and preach its importance. Moreover, I think, those religions, sects, and/or groups that do not focus on the importance of love will never be able to attract a large number of followers. From the Karaniya Metta Sutta in Buddhism: (“Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.”) to John 4:18 in Christianity: (“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”), love is a common thread.

But I believe something further. I believe my god, first and foremost, is love. Unlike John 4:18 love is not just another attribute my god possesses. It is Their defining characteristic. Their infinite virtue. In a later post we will see that I believe there are limits to Their knowledge and power. But never Their love for us.

I also believe my god is the same god as Abraham’s. The same god of the Torah. The same god of the New Testament. The same god of the Qur’an. What I believe is now new is the emphasis that should be placed on Their loving nature and not, for example, treatment of misdeeds, disobedience, and non-belief.

I believe in the one god. The god of Abraham who now wants us to first and foremost love. The one god I choose to call The Greatest Love.

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