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Comparative Religions Course Essay
By Penny Luana Word Count: 622

Kythera Ann presents this course in both an informative and fun way, providing opportunities to explore further reading, examples and activities.

It is interesting the way organized religions sprouted and grew from initial seeds of spiritual connection to the surrounding environment. It appears that as humans evolved into critical thinking creatures things needed to be labeled and categorized. As an avid student and participant of organized religions as well as pagan and more spiritual belief systems it has been interesting to discover how organized religions have become more about control of the masses than inspiring others to discover the Divine within.

Certainly thought provoking is the way our creation of organized religions have mirrored the mental beliefs of humans as they have evolved. How God has changed in light of human
consciousness. From created and changed sacred texts to God becoming more loving, forgiving and compassionate rather than the angry and jealous God once portrayed. Certainly the information in the course was bene-cial to becoming an Interfaith Minister.

As an Interfaith Minister the goal becomes commonality and -nding those threads of belief that weave everyone together into a beautuful tapestry of understanding and compassion for all senent beings no ma/er their belief. The Golden Rule of ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” becomes your daily mantra. The Golden Rule extends to everyone you meet, every person you pass on the street, as well as those who do not treat you the same. The peace keepers are those who live by the Golden Rule. Fear is what divides people and nations. Only peace, love and compassion can join together what the ego would pull apart.

I love stories and teaching through stories. Many people miss the actually meaning in the parables Jesus spoke. Even his disciples missed the intrinsic messages woven into his analogies. But stories are something that we build our lives on and can relate to. Native Americans taught through stories. Hinduism and Yoga have a lineage of oral traditions. Stories form and shape our lives and give us plenty of revelation to the deeper esoteric meaning of life.

I certainly wonder why some organized religions like Christianity keep the esoteric aspect of the teachings hidden. I use Chrisanity only because I was raised in it. When I
quesoned certain teachings I was not giving answers. I wanted more, something deeper. I had some profound experiences I wanted to share and I only received barriers to my inquiries. There was never any menon of a spiritual world, or angels in the Lutheran tradion. Now the Catholic Church was di;erent. They had angels and saints and believed that they would help you, communicate with you and give you guidance.

The Bible. The same book used for the many branches of the same tree called Christianity. Yet read, interpreted and conveys in a plethora of di;erent ways. Once again an
indication of how religion is conveyed through the -lters of human consciousness. Even those different branches can’t agree when they are all using the same source of their teachings.
Symbolism, Angels and Spirit Guides, Stories and Parables, Sacred Texts and Structures, Religion, Theology, Philosophy, the broken down list of Comparave Religions shows us how we
as humans have a way of having to label and compartmentalize everything in our lives. We need to have some sort of structure and we build every aspect of our lives around it. It doesn’t ma/er if you are Chrisan, Hindu, Islamic, Nave American Shamanism or Paganism, the core of all those beliefs sprouted from the same seed. It was the me, the place, events that shaped those beliefs into what we know as religions of today.

Penny Luana

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