In all my years of studying the spiritual sciences, I have seen that most devotees of all Faiths cling to beliefs, not because they have explored and pondered on or challenged the comprehensiveness of particular doctrines- but rather because humans are (for the most part) tribal loyalists.
For years now, I have come to believe that Divine Truth is MORE than the emphases of our particular religions.
For instance, I have pondered upon the two apparent contradictions between the doctrine of reincarnation and the resurrection/last judgement. I have come to the conclusion that both sides of the spectrum have valid arguments.
Loyalists from all sides will refer to the reconciling of apparent opposites as religious dilution. I disagree– I believe that the God who is pure Logos desires for humans to respectfully and earnestly debate their opposite points of view, not in order to demolish or destroy each other, but rather in order to explore the depths of the Divine Nature.
Proverbs 27:17 (ESV)- “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
Unfortunately it is only a few of us who dare to cross our religious boundaries in order to gain insight on the God we serve. Most of us are captives to our sectarian fears, rather than trusting that the Truth of God transcends our inherited interpretive lenses and particular, divine revelations.
The reality is that once we make it to the Divine Mansion, neither the Bible nor the Vedas will serve us for anything useful. At that time, we will be before the Absolute Truth of the Divine who needs no explanation…
This is why true disciples of all religions are in a constant search for pure Truth. Whenever religions become stagnant and fruitless, God raises men and women who think outside of inherited shackles in order to challenge fruitless and corrupt religious systems that lead to nothing more than death. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
As an earnest Christian disciple, it is my disciplic position that it is entirely possible for Christians to accept both the essence of the diverse teachings on reincarnation AND the wisdom of resurrection and judgement.
Both the Vedic and Abrahamic disciples agree that living as human beings is the highest mode of living on this plane of existence–and that we as individual personalities get this ONE chance to take advantage of God’s mercy and return back to Him. Why waste this time given to us by God’s grace, when in fact we should be working day and night to return back to Godhead?
If the focus of the devotee is to return to Godhead, then there is no point on taking comfort on God’s mercy through reincarnation- or even on prayers and Masses for the dead.
In fact, even Evangelicals who believe in God’s grace are “missing the boat” by placing too much faith on Grace without works!! TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION! Heaven is to be experienced NOW by loving God with our whole heart and our neighbors as ourselves!
Lord Jesus resurrected from the dead for the purpose of guaranteeing God’s salvific plan, which includes the renewal of THIS PLANET for the purpose of becoming God’s dwelling place. The point is that, God is not planning on remaining in His Heavenly abode forever…at some point, THIS PLANET will become the focal point of all the Universes by means of God’s existential rule.
All who earnestly and sincerely seek after the Creator will have a part in this Kingdom of God- because not only did Lord Jesus die and rise for the whole human race, but also taught us that “all who are not against us, are for us!” (Luke 9:50)
For certain Lord Jesus is speaking the Truth when He says in Matthew 10:42-
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
The most important point of this philosophical perspective is that YOU who were created in God’s image and likeness- with your name and personality- can live in eternal bliss if you place your earnest gaze upon the divine. Even better, if you place your trust in Lord Jesus Christ and accept Him as your Teacher, He will not only forgive your sins, but also share with you His resurrection- which guarantees a personal relationship with God.
Yet, in order to transcend our inherited religious biases and fears, one must be willing to LOVE THE TRUTH more than our tribal instincts.
This is why Lord Jesus caused such a stir when He became a human being. Lord Jesus loved the Truth more than the sects of His day, or even the Religion that He inherited. Lord Jesus knew in His deepest core that God is infinitely more than what the human mind can encapsulate or describe.
God guarantees holistic SALVATION for the Universe and eternal righteousness through the resurrection of Christ. This is the gift of God for ALL HUMANKIND, regardless of race, creed, nationality, or culture.
Every religion on earth seeks for ultimate truth and righteousness. Christ Jesus is the incarnation of absolute, divine truth. His death put to death the old systems of this world (including religions) in order to share with all of humankind the full disclosure of the God who will have his abode with us, forever.
Revelation 21:3 (NIV)- And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Only those who call out to God day and night will be worthy of the Kingdom of God, because it is they who reflect God’s constant invitation to fellowship with Him.
Lets call on the Name of the Lord until He saves us.