There is a certain amount of arrogance required in religion that even I with my oversized ego just can’t follow. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against it at all but I refuse to follow any one path. Call me a coward but I refuse to choose and rather remain an agnostic (which is a path in itself. Contradiction) believing in some higher body and purpose than practise any one religion or rather just call it a whole lot of malarkey and be an atheist. Who am I to choose which path is the right one? You see, that is where the arrogance comes in. Belief is all good and dandy and is the corner-stone of any religion but there is a certain amount of arrogance that is required to acclaim anything as the one true faith. You can’t prove the existence of a god over another or the existence of any nor can I prove their non-existence. Each has their own proofs of divinity anyway, so what then? Besides, and I’m generalizing here, the world’s religions are often preaching the same stuff: love thy neighbour, do unto others as you wish done to you etc. Admittedly, ritual practises differ and each has its own quirks but essentially the message is the same. One could point this out as proof of universal morality etc but let’s not get ahead ourselves. If the message is the same then the old adage ‘all roads lead to Rome’ rings true and even an agnostic’s or atheist’s path leads him to whatever it is at the end of the road. I merely have to live a good life. Whatever that means. I haven’t forgotten either that the purpose of religion isn’t just the afterlife, it is also the present, giving comfort and guidance to its practitioners. Either way, believe what you will, just don’t keep bothering me by telling me that your path is the one true path. Maybe I’ll see you at the end of the road and we can compare notes. I hear Rome is spectacular in the Spring. Till then.
Below is a link to a fellow who agrees and does a comparison too. http://elpidiovaldes.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/the-parallel-sayings-of-four-mystical-traditions/