One Truth versus Many
Here we are.
Perhaps some would dispute that statement, but I believe that most of us would agree: We are, indeed, here.
And if we’re in synch so far, then try this on for another statement: Since we are here, we must have come to be here through a specific series of events—through a single chain of occurrences.
Not through two, or three, or a hundred series or chains of events, no: Through one series of events. That series or chain of events might include (and probably does) millions, billions, trillions, trillions times trillions of individual occurrences, but they all—in an orderly, or not so orderly, cause-and-effect fashion arrived at this: We are, indeed, now, arrived, here.
Whatever that series of events might consist of, however many single events comprise it, there is only one series. A single series. That’s the point I’m trying to make.
This series of events, or causal chain, might have involved a God, or many Gods, or a sneezing giant, or a wart on some industrial sun’s long ago grandmother, whatever you can dream up. It does not matter. The point remains: Tracing it all back, there can only be the one causal chain. Yes, we will encounter trillions of Y-junctions—where we had a choice: right or left, but had we, coming up the chain, taken a different split, we would now be elsewhere and elsehow, and perhaps even elsewhen.
But we are not. We are here, now. One long, long link of events: one chain.
Another name for that one causal chain might be: The One Truth.
The ultimate truth. And there’s only one of those.
One. Not two, or many. One.
The One True Sun rising.
Given this, one could be forgiven for asking oneself: Why are there so many religions? Would not the purpose of religion be to seek and find, and then report back and respect and revere the found (Ultimate) Truth? That has always been, and remains, my understanding.
Now, of course, religion has been put to many other uses over the course of mankind. Uses such as population control, self-aggrandizement, wealth, mind control, intimidation (usually with the aim of population and mind control), punishment, the list goes on and is probably pretty much endless, come to think of it.
The fact still remains though, the purpose of religion should be to seek and find, and to then, while letting others in on it, respect and revere Truth. The One. The Ultimate. Anything short of that is not—not in my book anyway—religion, but some pseudo-thing that masquerades as such for its own nefarious purposes.
And if the One Truth is the last word on religion, does that not then lead to the next question? Why are there more than one religion, each professing its own, often quite different truth? This, when, in the final analysis, there is only one truth to profess; the one chain of events.
I believe that the answer is as simple as it is obvious: Many, most—perhaps all—religions have got it wrong, are barking up the wrong truth-tree. They have the wrong causal chain (or they simply invented one, or had one whispered to them by some not entirely trustworthy angel).
It also tells me that the founders of most, if not all, religions came up a bit short in their research and/or insight departments. This, to me, is evidenced by the fact that the great world religions—along with the myriad smaller ones—mostly differ in their view and presentation of the One Ultimate Truth.
Different creation theories. Different explanations as to what on earth we are doing here. And to then go to war after war after war and kill each other over these nothing but differences of opinion. How very human.
There is, though, still, a single truth. An Ultimate Truth. Or we would not be here to seek it.
It is that truth that is proven by all existing life, all existing things. It lives and is wholly true because our very existence proves it.
If religion has lain down on the job, we need to do it ourselves: we need to seek this truth. We need to find it. We need to know it. We need to live it.
The one series of events. How we truly arrived here.
Nothing else matters.