Religion, philosophy, reason, and rationalism all come to play when discussing the concept and meaning of life. One of the challenges throughout the history of mankind is the belief that there is only one “true” path. We all share this planet and are part of an incomprehensible existence that relies on us just as much as we rely on it. We were all given the gift of Reason and Free Will. Personally, I believe in an all-encompassing Divine Thread or creative force that acts as the original source and perpetual force behind the existence of all things. I view the religious texts of all religions to be equal, with none being superior or more authoritative than another, and all serve as a display of how people from different eras and in different regions attempted to resolve matters that to them were enigmas.
Nature is the true “word” of what encompasses the Divine Realm and through it, all men can experience Divine revelation. If there be such a thing as personal revelation, it as its name implies – personal.
“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” – Thomas Jefferson.
I am a strong proponent of the use of Reason and believe that any dogma or creed that forces one to suspend its use must be investigated and weighed on the merits of its underlying intentions. These are my personal views and I in no way expect anyone to conform to my ideas. If we were intended to follow a specific path in order to obtain an eternal reward, then that path would be clear and we would all be following it. I view all paths as leading to the same destination and that one should not be afraid to venture off the well-beaten paths and forge one of their own.
Light is truth and if we are true to ourselves, our quest will lead us to it.
– Nelson Rose