Friday, May 27, 2011

A quote

"True religion is not about possessing the truth. No religion does that. It is rather an invitation into a journey that leads one toward the mystery of God. Idolatry is religion pretending that it has all the answers." Bishop J.S. Spong

How much truth is there to this statement (in your opinion)?

5 Comentários:

Kaighla said...

None. I don't buy that one bit. That screams universalist/unitarianist thinking from the rooftops. There is one truth, one true path to the true God, and He has given us the path and called it Islam. Islam does have all the answers, multi-faceted as it is. It is deeper and more interesting and fascinating the more one learns about it and in it, God has supplied all the answers if we will but seek them out.

LK said...

I agree with the quote but I'm Unitarian Universalist :) It makes sense though. Because sometimes you wonder: is God being worshiped, or is the religion being worshiped? It really is a fine line at times, especially in terms of ritual and regulations. And this is all religions. It often depends solely on the practitioner.

I'm going to have to ponder this awhile....

Becky said...

I absolutely love this quote, and I agree with it too. But like LK, I'm also a believer of truth in all religions, even if I do consider myself a monotheist. Very thought-provoking :) I'll have to share that on FB!

JaLpArI - tHe MeRmAiD said...

Totally loved the quote... :)
coz' though I am a Muslim, Alhamdulillah....i believe that all religions, in truth, are one....
however,idolatory's pretence of havin all the answers---???? am not so ssure bout dat one!

Candice said...

I didn't even get into my own thoughts on this quote!

It rang true from the second I read it which is why I decided to post it. I think people need to have a more open mind to what truth really is because if they don't, they will not be able to respect people who believe differently than they do. And it seems obvious to me that we can never be sure of the truth, all we can do is have and hold our personal beliefs. It's narrow-minded to not even be open to the possibility that we are wrong or that someone else is right.

The part about idolatry... Well, seeing how serious idolatry is as a sin in Islam, it's something I have been accustomed to not taking lightly in myself but also in accusations... So I'd rather stay away from that part of the quote even if I agree that there is something wrong in religion pretending it has all the answers.

I love the open views of UU and even if the person who I'm quoting is not UU (as far as I know), it does fit in with their beliefs.

At the moment, I define my beliefs the same way as Becky. I think there is truth in all religions and we can learn and be inspired by so many aspects from all sorts of religion (and should). I also believe in only one God like Becky.

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