The many creeds today are the different presentations, variations, and outlooks on a single religion. There is one universal law covering all mankind but many religions came into being because of different interpretations and the needs of the times. To some people religion holds the mysteries of life while to others they believe that science, politics, or commerce are the answers. Maybe they do for some of us. I hope none of these has yet totally become their religion.
For a person to be able to understand a modified religion he has to keep an open mind. It is not easy to forget years of being a Buddhist, Christian, Hindu or Jew and immediately absorb this new teaching. There are difficulties in bringing the great religion closer to the people and Hinduism is the most encompassing in thought among the traditional religions today, though a bit disorganized in its presentation of ideas and primitive in its practices and rituals. If Hinduism, a very complicated and ancient religion, brought this great religion to the people through practices and rituals, Buddhism did it with a practical approach by laying out a code of conduct of living. Buddhism too needs some modification to bring teachings up to date with modern times. Christianity is very slow to adapt to great changes, and when monotheism is involved Judaism is quite near the truth.
What then is a modified religion? It is a presentation of the universal truth or in today's different religions it is Buddhism in divining the laws of life or karma and reincarnation, Hinduism in its approach to God, Christianity in its altruism while tempered monotheism would be attributable to Judaism.
There are four considerations to be taken up to be able to understand what a modified religion is. These are:
Belief in God
Belief in a Personal God and the Spirit
The Truth of Reincarnation
The Law of Karma
We will never have a perfect knowledge on any one of these but a point arises when we feel our understanding of these is sufficient to guide us in life and make it meaningful. Each is related to one another; it is a puzzle how one religion can proselytize for example about God and at the same time deny the truth of reincarnation, karma, a Personal God, or the astral body. An open mind toward of all of these as opposed to specialization on one or two or three of them would give us a rounded comprehension and outlook of life.
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