A compilation of the teachings of the eight most important religions around the world. A teaching in which all of us can find something that speaks to our hearts.
What must we do?
1. Repent of our immorality. (Judaism)
2. Submit to His Care. (Islam)
3. Love one another. (Christianity)
4. Trust His Compassion. (Buddhism)
5. Stop fighting His Will. (Taoism)
6. Seek ways to help. (Confucianism)
7. Ask for strength. (Yoruba)
8. Desire eternal life. (Hindu)
What will God do for us?
1. Guide us in righteousness.
2. Provide for our needs.
3. Share companionship.
4. Lessen our suffering.
5. Teach us peace of mind.
6. Lead us to meaningful work.
7. Give us power to succeed.
8. Fulfill our dreams.
Not all people are alike. We feel the brokenness of the world in different ways. That is why there are many different paths to God. We try to legislate proper behavior, but that is the way of restrictions. Principals of morality are more flexible, and can be remembered in the heart.
God does not have the same plans for all of us. He made us each as an individual, with a unique destiny, and a special part to play in society and in creation. But we have the freedom to refuse, and often do so, though not always by intent. We can make bad choices.
Because we can not grow in this world with an umbilical connection to the source of Being, we struggle to discover how to survive. We must grow up to find our place in the Cosmos that God has created for us. Growing up is to learn how to be human, how to be more like God than an animal.
We are created in His image, and it is his plan to adopt us as his own children. Once we learn how to live together, we will be welcomed into the heavenly homes he has created for us.
The heavens are almost within reach, waiting for us to come and build them the way we want them. They can be a Paradise for us, and we can rebuild the Eden we have almost destroyed. Indeed, we have knocked, and found the door open. We need only to seek his Presence, and ask for his help.
And how should we do this? By practicing ren-li-jiao, the way of human-heartedness and proper behavior. "Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire." Follow proper morality by seeking Truth, Freedom, Love and Wisdom. Above all, choose life - live, and let live. Value all life, and be merciful to the weak, poor and young. Even the atheist can do as much.