“Do all religions lead to God?"
Rev. Chris Jackson, Senior Minister
Yes. More importantly, however, is the reality that all of life leads to God.
Though most of us do not realize it, every experience in our life is masterfully designed to lead us into a fuller realization of God. Our return to a complete awareness of God as the only presence and only power is inevitable. It is only in our minds that we ever seemed to have strayed from God. Ultimately, we cannot be led to or from God, since God is all there is.
The question then becomes a matter of which religion can take us into a full awareness of God most efficiently. From my perspective, that’s a religion that helps us to realize that we each have direct access to God’s presence and power. It’s a religion that realizes it’s most important objective is to support individuals in recognizing that they do not need outer dictates and dogma in order to know how to live. It’s a religion that says, “You are an actual part of the God you are seeking.”
That being said, it is also true that everyone is engaged in the belief system that they need to be devoted to at this precise moment in time. As each person experiences the evolution of their own soul, their beliefs evolve accordingly, and that is the business of divine order.
Rev. Elizabeth Longo, Associate Minister
I believe that all paths eventually lead to God, for there is no escaping God. God is the totality of existence. There is only one power and one presence in the entire universe. It is all a play of consciousness and we are divine ideas within the mind of God. Not aware of our own divinity we search outside of ourselves and look towards a higher authority to tell us about God, when what we are looking for is closer than our very own breath.
Religions are like the finger pointing towards the moon. It serves its purpose until the person is ready to have a direct experience of their divine nature. Religions provide discipline, structure, and practices to know God. Some religions see God as fearful, teach of a judging God, while others teach about a loving God. Regardless, of what one has learned from religion at some point we must come to the realization that we were all created by the same creator. This is waking up to the truth of our oneness. Then we can look back at our lives and see that religion, and all life's experiences, served its purpose, preparing the way to our self-realization.
As human beings we are evolving and more and more people are leaving organized religions and finding spiritual communities where they are able to pray, meditate, and find their individual relationship with God. This is a beautiful thing.