Chicago, US of A, March 21, 2015.
Subject: “Commonalities among Religions.”
Message received by Valdir Soares.
Prolotheos: “What divides human beings are their differences. What unites them are their commonalities. The different religions on Urantia will remain in conflict with each other while you focus on their differences, rather than on their commonalities. What you have in common with others will make you focus on what is basic, essential or primordial. The differences are construed upon what is secondary, derivative and superfluous. The interchange of knowledge and spiritual aspects from the different religions should bring mutual improvement to every religion, acknowledging and incorporating the advanced features of each. However, it is necessary to recognize these basic commonalities:
“Faith. Spiritual faith is religious. It is an expression of human capacity for believing. When a human being gives credit to what others say, a kind of faith, aided by intelligence and discernment, is functioning. Religious faith is believing in the supernatural, which is beyond the reach of the senses, but which can be grasped by intuition. Religious faith is innate in all normal individuals. However, it is strictly personal, non-transferable and non-provable. Your mind and soul believe in spiritual values, but as personal beings you find these high spiritual values primarily in Deity, which we call God, our Creator and Father.
“Prayer. Prayer is communication. Before you pray to a Deity, you have to pray by yourself in your thoughts, then for your parents and for others. Praying to Deity is a natural consequence of believing in Deity. All religions include prayers in their practices. A religion without prayer, is a religion without a soul. Prayer is religious-spiritual therapy in which you worship, ask, confess and intercede in believing God is listening to your words — even the muted ones coming from your inner soul. Prayer does not change the will of God, but can help you know, understand and do the will of God.
“Community. Community is the expression of commonality. Every religion establishes and values community life, in which every member receives instruction, encouragement and help. Community life is the life of a religion, producing togetherness, mutual faith reinforcement and love for one another. Community life should be improved by every religion and by believers regarding all human beings to be brothers and sisters. Believers may differ in details of what they believe, but all express faith in the supernatural, pray to Deity, and once these differences are respected, real communion can be cultivated. The human race is, in effect, one big family with just one Father, Whom you call God.
So, my pupil, be open to that which is good, truthful and beautiful in any religion. Religious labels bring prejudice and obstacles to peace and love among the human race. Religions should unite peoples worldwide around the One Father, not divide them with dogmas and prejudices. Jesus, your Master, didn’t despise the religion of His days; He valued the best it had. He interpreted their scriptures for spiritual benefit of all, not only for Jews. And He expanded their concept of God to reveal the lovely Father of All that God really is.
“I am Prolotheos, your Tutor and Teacher on High. Peace to all.”
Edited by Linda Abell.
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