What all religions teach in common

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Source: elonpendulum.com


The essential meaning of every religion is to answer the question “Why do I live, and what is my attitude to the limitless world that surrounds me?” There is not a single religion, from the most sophisticated to the most primitive, which does not have as its basis the definition of this attitude of a person to the world.

At the heart of all religions lies a single unifying truth. Let Persians bear their taovids, Jews wear their caps, Christians bear their cross, Muslims bear their sickle moon, but we have to remember these are all only outer signs. The general essence of all religions is love to your neighbor, and that this is requested by Manuf, Zoroaster, Buddha, Moses, Socrates, Jesus, Saint Paul, and Muhammad alike. 


Ewald Flugel (1863-1914), a German pioneer of study of Old and Middle English Literature and Language

Dear all religious extremists, please reconsider this quote.


2 thoughts on “What all religions teach in common

  1. Hans KC, I liked your Cat Stevens father’s day post but take issue with this one.

    You have addressed this post to “religious extremists”. I doubt very much that anyone in Al Qaeda or Al Shabab would read your post and if he would, the “Golden Rule” will not stay his hand from executing what he believes is Allah will against his next victim. I know enough about Islam to tell you that “loving your neighbor” or any other manifestation of the Golden Rule is just not on the radar screen of Islamic belief.

    If it were a prominent teaching in Islam, it would be easy to find evidence of this. The Golden Rule (or any version of it is) is not one of the 5 pillars of Islam. There is no Koranic verse that presents the essence of the Golden Rule. In fact when you search Islamic scripture for what should be an easy find on the web you’ll draw blanks. For example, http://www.teachingvalues.com/goldenrule.html
    presents a number of quotations as evidence that the Golden Rule is central to all major religions. The one presented for Islam is “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself”. While specific passages are provided for other religions, the source cited for the Islamic example is listed only as “Sunnah”. There are thousands upon thousands of examples provided describing how Muhammad lived and what he said in the Sunnah. Finding this single sentence – or one remotely like it in the ocean of “Sunnah” is a daunting challenge. Perhaps there is a modern Ewald Flugel out there who can direct me to Muhammad’s teachings about the Golden Rule. While I wait to be enlightened I provide some real evidence that explains why Islamists are right about Islam and Imams trotted in front of Western media cameras, university apologists and CAIR are full of hot air.

    “Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” Koran 2 216.

    “O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. ” Koran 5 51

    ‘Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror ” Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220


    • I don’t know much about Islam personally, Uncle Talib, but I do think, again, that given the fact religion is a man-made conception, it is inevitable to admit that there are strengths and flaws in its content. We hardly know, if, over a period of centuries, or even millennia, how many unknown ‘revisions’ have taken place within the existence of these forms of faith. We barely know about that. At least, somehow, we all practice religion because we need a tenet, or a principle, in how we should live our lives to the fullest, not to come upon a prejudiced realization which religions serve the best purpose.

      Anyway, thank you for your opinion.

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