True religion involves basing our beliefs
on our own direct experience of reality
not on concepts someone else taught us –
after a while those concepts no longer work
and plunge us into darkness.
Religions steeped in creeds and doctrines alone
offer people a magic-mythic view of reality:
Abraham asked Allah to show him
how Allah raises from the dead.
Allah said “Slaughter four birds
place their pieces on the hills
in the four directions
then call them
and they will fly to you.”
The constant movement towards greater consciousness –
the history of evolution on Planet Earth
from matter to life to thought to spirit – continues
and leads believers beyond magic and myth/
and gives us a rational/spiritual explanation
for the development of the universe.
Ramon Panikkar, the Catholic/Hindu scholar
is a worthy guide to the New Axial Era
when he proclaims that our first task
is to discover the Cosmic Christ within us
then also in others
and then in Creation itself.
True religion is to be seized by the Love
at the heart of life/the heart of Creation
and to find ways to let that Love evolve
into a global wholeness – a wholeness