Brad L. Burge
God desires that ALL people would accept God's love and salvation through Jesus Christ. God has compelled me to share information with the world relating to the biblical seven year tribulation in order to share Truth in a deceived world.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:1-5)
Jesus answered, "I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Thursday, September 28, 2006
The interfaith dialogue: Towards a universe of peace
The question is not whether we are going to have a global society, but what sort of global society we are going to have. Will it be based upon exploitation, negativities, crime, hatred and fanaticism, or are we going to have a sane and harmonious global society based on interfaith understanding and peaceful conflict resolution? Like the roads in Robert Frost's poem, or indeed in the Katha Upanishad thousands of years earlier, two paths now lie before us. One could lead through a concerted and multi-dimensional quest for peace and continuing interfaith dialogue, towards a sane and equitable world civilization, in which the scarce resources of Planet Earth are used to provide the necessary material, intellectual and spiritual inputs for a decent civilized life to all human beings. The other is the path of conflict and disharmony, fundamentalism and fanaticism, which will inevitably result in the destruction of human civilization as we now know it.
Contemporary discussion has to revolve around an integrated, holistic philosophy in which human existence is looked upon as a rare gift to be utilized both for inner development and for the welfare of society and the world. It is essential that such discussions should continue to be held around the world so that, despite significant theological differences, the common factors between the various religions of the world can be highlighted. The concepts of human brotherhood, of kindness, of compassion, of respect for elders, of ecological preservation, of mutual regard for differences, need to be re-emphasized in the present age. Science and technology have given us tremendous power, but this can be used both for good and for evil, for creation and for destruction.
If used with wisdom and compassion, we now have the capacity to eliminate poverty, malnutrition, hunger and many diseases from the face of the Earth. However, we see that technology is also being used for escalation in weapons of destruction, and that, obnoxious activities such as gun-running, drug proliferation and, most shameful of all, trafficking in human beings including children continue to flourish. Despite all the much-vaunted achievements of modern civilization, it is a shame and disgrace that such activities continue unabated and, in fact, seem to be growing. Related to this is the growth of terrorism worldwide which has injected an element of insecurity, fear and even paranoia into large sections of the world’s population.
It is my firm belief that a dialogue between the great religions of the world, including what are known as the “traditional religions,” is the only way to create an atmosphere of peace and harmony and ensure the welfare of the human race, specially the emancipation of half the world’s population that still lives on or below the poverty line in a state of deprivation and suffering. Millions of the world’s children still suffer from hunger and malnutrition, and grow up stunted in body and mind due to lack of crucial nutritional inputs during their childhood. If the vast resources of religious organizations could be used to help our future citizens and strengthening the Interfaith Movement, it could go a long way towards improving the human condition.
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