He who cultivates the Tao is one with the Tao”
I love studying all religions, because it edifies my own in the process. I always subdue a quiet sigh when I meet people who are not only afraid to look into what others believe but actually are convinced to do so would some how warrant the invitation of some creepy devil ever waiting to pounce on the slightest deviation from the fundamental basics of their traditions and/or beliefs.
My basic path, although I’m generalizing, has been Christianity my entire life, but I study other beliefs, and in doing so I learn to understand my neighbors and also I find compatibility and I adapt those things into my own understanding of God for a deeper and richer spiritual life. Everyday I read from my Bible, I also read the Gnostic Gospels, the I Ching, the Dahli Lama, the Qur’an, and parables from the Jewish faith, and I’m always finding Truth and it builds upon my own. I wish people could see this for themselves and begin to understand the tapestry of the Universe is woven together by One and the Truth weaves throughout the whole of it!
“Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary.” (Luke 10:40-42)
In my own tradition I see the I Ching Truth on One Way being taught and they sharpen each other when paired. I find the biggest hurdle for people in my own faith is that we are taught to worship Christ rather than LISTEN to him, and so we get all worked up about his divinity being in question rather than hearing the very simple message of Unconditional Love that he preached, such a message is so simple, it will ripen with no work at all, just Listen.