Most people believe that, despite certain similarities, each religion is fundamentally different from every other religion, and their religion is the only true one. This is understandable. A quick survey of faiths certainly shows enormous diversity, and it wouldn’t make much sense to hold to a belief without believing that it’s true.
But the most controversial thing is probably this: Very little of what religions say is ‘true’! True, that is, in the literal sense of “that really happened” or “that’s what I must do if I want to be “good”. On the contrary, the various religious stories – while sometimes (not always) based at least loosely on historical characters and events – have been consciously and figuratively put together to create allegorical and symbolic instructions for anyone who wants to perfect their soul, as Plato called it, and attain a holy mystical state of Oneness with Divinity.
And they are all, in essence, the same. A religion might call the story “The Return from Slavery in Egypt to Freedom in the Promised-Land”, or “Persephone’s Return from Hades to Olympus”, or “The Quest of the Holy Grail”, or “Muhammad’s Journey to the Seven Heavens”, or “The Greater Mysteries”, or “Christ’s Journey from the Jordan River to Calvary”, or any of a thousand other names. But the meaning within the stories is always the same: if we ponder the story inwardly and decipher the symbols, it tells us what we have to do to evolve beyond our illusory material existence and awaken to the Truth of spiritual enlightenment.
Is Jesus God? Is Allah God? Is Yahweh God? What is God? Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? It’s all one and the same. Whether Jew, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Pagan, Native American…. We are all brothers and sisters, we are all in the same boat, and we are all on the same path to the same God.