What Does Having a Spiritual and Personal Relationship with God Really Mean?
by Michael Corthell
but cultivating positive human qualities like tolerance, generosity and love.''
Rather than freeing people from their problems and burdens, religion becomes the burden.
Rather than knowing God personally, religion becomes obsessive about knowing things about, and of God.
Rather than divine acceptance, some religions are preoccupied with guilt and failure and the focus is on the negative, not the positive outcome which is love.
Rather than bringing unity to all mankind, most religions are the principal cause of disunity, because again, most have a core set of beliefs, dogmas, and doctrines which allow us and our egos too much room to argue, and to endlessly debate trivial issues.
Rather than peace, love, and tranquility, religion can become an all-consuming obsession by turning into an endless cycle of activities, programs, and meetings all of which leave the practitioner exhausted, and unhappy, and still not finding love and a true spiritual purpose.
''But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.''
*Here is scientific proof that there is indeed one God.