Religion is a lot like cooking. How many ways are there to cook a healthy meal? Different raw materials in different areas of the world have caused varying concepts of what flavors are appropriate.
In the realm of American country styled steak- how many versions are there? And, whose Mom’s version is best!
When you haven’t tasted anyone else’s Mom’s cooking— on what basis can you possibly declare that your Mom’s cooking is the best in the world and the only “true way” to cook that meal?
Cooking diversity is easy to comprehend because it carries little emotional conflict. The idea that many different Religions, however, could have merit is an idea that often creates discomfort, or even anger, when discussed.
The above photo makes a good point about the paths to the truth about Creation and God’s Purpose for it. Just as those simple cows have many different paths to the top of the snow covered hill, there have evolved many ways for man to find God.
In how many ways have individual interpretations affected what became the written word of specific theologies? Even within the Christian faith the appropriate method of worship has splintered over time from Catholicism to multiple forms of protestant churches- and all declare their version correct and everyone else in error.
Anyone who has been involved in the administration of a large church knows that there are social cliques that form within the group. The most politically powerful individuals can even create dogmas that govern the congregation.
As an example of man made dogma is the western Virginia church which forbid movie attendance by its members- until the old pastor died and a younger one took over. Suddenly movies were okay- and the new pastor’s wife even wore lipstick.
Doesn’t it make sense that the themes that are common among all religions are the aspects least impacted by dogma and personal interpretation? Taking away the dogma, while looking for commonality of principles, gives you the best opportunity to find the truth.
The value of other religions is already confirmed within the philosophies of some of the world’s faiths. The theology of Commonality offers an opportunity to expand religious knowledge and will over time foster world peace.