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Submitted by Werner (United States), Jul 6, 2005 at 15:11

To decide which of the gods is the right one or wether they are all the same puts always into question by what do you judge this?

Most go by their scriptures and say, what this other guy said can't be true because it contradicts what my 'God' says. My God is ......... and there God is ......... that means it can't be the same God.

A close look at the scriptures show that they have similar features. (A God with features is something in itself to consider whether that is possible and whether he can be defined by certain features but cannot be other features). That all looks pretty manmade to me. A golden calf to dance around.

I do believe that religion in this cases works as a buffer. People put responsiblilty for their human misdeeds towards a 'God'. With that excuse you can do really anything. Why not do anything and take the responsibilty for it?

A german writer, Lessing, wrote a novel, called 'Nathan, the wise'. In that novel there is a ring parabel. A short outline would be this:

In ancient times there was a Jew who had a god connection to God, he worshipped God and God supported him. As a sign that this connection could be transfered to his heir God gave the Jew a ring. To whom he would give the ring, that guy would prosper and be loved by God and in return love God. After many generations there was a Jew who had 3 sons who he loved dearly and equally. As it was time for him to die and to decide to whom he should give the ring he couldn't make up his mind. So he called a jeweller and made 2 more rings exactly like the one he got from God. Then he called his sons and told them his dilemma and what he found was the best solution: Everyone gets a ring and the one who got the real one will show it by being the best in loving God and in being prosperous. All 3 sons after his death now tried to show that they are the real ones and became more and more mature.

I do believe that is the best approach for every one who is religious. Let your religion shine by deeds which are worthy of a religious men.

A struggle what is mine God and thine God and which one is better and who has the real connection, let that be seen by your deeds not by your words.

greetings

Werner
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