There are several paradoxes presented by this discussion which make it difficult to navigate toward "unity without uniformity" by the use of creeds, beliefs, dogmas, ceremonies, and the group expressions/experiences of these tools of symbolism, which most often unite the few and exclude the many....thus the reality today of so many differentiated forms of evolutionary, group/institutional religions.
The Papers teach us both the dangers and benefits of evolutionary, group, institutional religions when contrasted with the reality that true religion is that personal religion experienced by direct relationship with the Spirit within each of us and that such a religious experience is unique to each religionist by the fact that it is a dynamic, progressive, transforming, transcendent, and personal religious experience which changes by the growth, maturity, experience, wisdom, insight, and perspective of each religionist - if it is indeed a true religious experience - and must be far more than agreement on a set of beliefs, creeds, and ceremony to actually be true religious experience at all.
So, one million or billion religionists who share and proclaim identical beliefs, creeds, and ceremonies (say Catholics as but one example) do not truly share one religion even though all religionists, regardless of beliefs, creeds, and ceremonies may certainly share their religious experience with one another and with all others.
The longer the list of beliefs presented and required for inclusion in any group, the greater the number of people who are excluded from that group. Such a list may in some ways unify those within the group but also acts to isolate that group from other groups....and individuals. Quite the paradox indeed....the more universal the belief "set", the smaller such a set must be to become more and more universal.
Robert has declared that the religion he envisions is for truth hungry non-readers. Others support a church/religion for the student body of the Papers. So, let's consider an even smaller group - those that not only study the Papers but have also come to believe its claims for itself as to source and purpose. The same paradox of unity without uniformity presents itself for solution as does the teaching that true religion is personal and dynamic and not uniform by any standard.
I do not oppose such efforts of unification....or even uniformity....by the creation of congregations, churches, or a new religion for those who are so inspired and committed. But I do doubt their ability to unify either the student body or the much larger population of all believers (defined as believers in God and the family of God's creation).
I do believe that on most worlds, untainted by rebellion and/or default, there comes a time in the mid-point (or after) of the mortal epochs, that there is but one religion - the true religion of personal spirit relationship, faith, and loving service becomes universal on each world by slowly displacing the ghost fear and other primitive forms of religion. I doubt it has a name nor a long list of required beliefs, but becomes unified by the knowledge of facts, the experience of truth, and the example of the planetary rulers, leaders, and servants....and the universal expressions of love and faith in prayer and worship and the everyday life of caring and sharing upon the pilgrim's path to Paradise.
Such a destiny is a certainty for our world as well....and may be lived by each person throughout each and every mortal epoch on the long journey to Planetary Light and Life. Religionists are not restrained nor confined by the mortal epochal progressions of planetary evolution. There are the spirits of the Father, Mother, and Son who minister to each mind which unites our world always in the circuits of love, goodness, beauty, and truth. The Spirit of the Son has achieved incredible results these past 20 centuries and 80 generations in reducing the primitivisms of fear and their effect on the individual and the population in ways beyond our understanding which are acting as surrogates in a way for the lack of celestial leadership and example on-planet. Their success in conjunction with the work of the Most Highs provide us all with absolute confidence in our own destiny and the destiny of this Shrine of Nebadon. Fear not!
We are to be happy as well as faithful children in this friendly universe ruled by love. Or so I see it.
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