BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, August 31st, 2012 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“The truth about labels is that they really say nothing about the essence of the person to whom we apply them…What is particularly paradoxical is that of all the labels we humans apply, it is perhaps the “religion” label that serves to move people away from Oneness and toward separation more than any other. It really is astounding to me that the same religions that commonly use terms like the “brotherhood of man” and “children of God” are also quick to remind their members of the superiority of their own dogma.

It is also a historical fact that religious issues have been, and continue to be, at the foundation of both minor and major military conflicts all over the world. For that matter, it has even been estimated that more than one billion people have been killed in wars related to Christianity alone. When you consider the centuries-old religious conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, the Balkans, and many others, one literally has to be amazed at the irony of it all. All of this can make one appreciate this classic comment from Mahatma Ghandi all the more, “In heaven there is no religion, thank God.”

                     Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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