Why Are There So Many Religions In The World?
Chapter 6: Trusting God
An Excerpt from You Have Chosen to Remember: A Journey of Self-Awareness, Peace of Mind and Joy by James Blanchard Cisneros.
Many people have asked the questions, “How can I trust God when there are so many religions in the world?” and “How do I know which religion is right and which religious teachings are right?” Growing up, I too pondered questions about the religions of the world. As always, when I have a question that I want answered, I pray. I pray with all my heart, and somehow, someway, the question is answered.
The answer to this question came when reading Betty Eadie’s book, “Embraced by the Light.” In this book, Betty died and went to heaven, where she encountered Jesus. Before this encounter Betty had been a devout Catholic and believed that only those of the Catholic faith had the chance to go to heaven. She asked Jesus this question, and in her book she writes:
21 I wanted to know why there were so many churches in the world. Why didn’t God give us only one church, one pure religion? The answer came to me with the purest of understanding. Each of us, I was told, is at a different level of spiritual knowledge. All religions upon the earth are necessary because there are many people who need what they teach. People in one religion may not have complete understanding of the Lord’s gospel and never will have while in that religion. But that religion is used as a stepping-stone to further knowledge. Each church fulfills spiritual needs that perhaps others cannot fill. No one church can fulfill everybody’s needs at every level. As an individual raises his level of understanding about God and his own eternal progress, he might feel discontented with the teachings of his present church and seek a different philosophy or religion to fill that void. When this occurs, he has reached another level of understanding, and will long for further truth and knowledge, and for another opportunity to grow. And at every step of the way, these new opportunities to learn will be given. Having received this knowledge, I knew that we have no right to criticize any church or religion in any way. They are all precious and important in His sight. Very special people with important missions have been placed in all countries, in all religions, in every station of life, that they might touch others. There is a fullness of the gospel, but most people will not attain it here. In order to grasp this truth, we need to listen to spirit and let go of our egos.
21. Betty Eadie, Embraced by the Light, Copyright 1994 (Bantam Books).
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