I was raised in a religious culture that taught my religion was the only true religion on the earth. I no longer cling to the religious traditions of my youth; I now consider all things that present themselves as possible truth. I believe truth is scattered everywhere and since I left my religion, I feel free to find truth through books, blog articles, videos, and other people.
No Respecter of Persons
It makes more sense that God would provide truths to all locations on earth because He is no respecter of persons and loves each of us equally. Reverend Benson spoke from the spirit world to his colleague, Anthony Borgia, who was still on earth, what he remembered about truth.
I read somewhere that no one religion possessed all the truth, but that each and a bit of it, so that taken all together they’d have the truth between them. pg 221, Anthony Borgia, The World Unseen
Currently, I wonder about the honesty of religions so I am not confident that all world religions together have the truth. However, Reverend Benson’s point that truth is not in one spot is a clear point. I also believe that truth is found among the non-religious who open-mindedly study.
Source of Inspiration
If one studies the Dhammapada, the Tao Te Ching, and the Bhagavad Gita, their truths parallel the Bible’s teachings indicating the source of inspiration for all groups is likely the same.
Free to Find Truth parallels in the Bible and Dhammapada
For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7
We become what we think. The Dhammapada
A soft answer turneth away wrath. Proverbs 15:1
Speak quietly to everyone, and they too will be gentle in their speech. The Dhammapada
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:32
One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand men on the battlefield. The Dhammapada*
Free to Find Truth parallels in the Bible and Tao Te Ching
If a man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. Mark 9:35
If the sage wants to be above the people, in his words, he must put himself below them: If he wishes to be before the people, in his person, he must stand behind them. Tao Te Ching
For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 14:11
The unyielding and mighty shall be brought low; the soft, supple, and delicate will be set above. Tao Te Ching
Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. Luke 6:38
The sage does not hoard. The more he does for others, the more he has himself; The more he gives to others, the more his own bounty increases. Tao Te Ching*
Free to Find Truth Parallels in the Bible and Bhagavad Gita
He that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 10:39
Through selfless service, you will always be fruitful and find the fulfillment of your desires: this is the promise of the Creator. Bhagavad Gita
Those who worship me with love live in me, and I come to life in them. Bhagavad Gita*
Receive to receive more
If we are willing to let go of closed-mindedness, we then can patiently gather truth.
For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have. 2 Nephi 28:30
Conclusion – Free to Find the Truth
I love being free to find the truth without fear. It feels wonderful to trust in my inner GPS system to guide me to truth or away from snares and lies. It is amazing to feel the joy of freedom when being allowed to think freely with an open mind and the curiosity of a child.
*Parallel comparisons located in Other Sheep Indeed by Denver Snuffer.