Meet three mystics representing the advanced spirituality of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These monotheistic spiritual masters are the Baal Shem Tov, St. Teresa of Avila, and Mahmud Shabistari.
JUDAISM: THE BAAL SHEM TOV – In the Context of the Jewish Community
The Baal Shem Tov was an Eastern European Rabbi, born in 1698 ce, who founded the Hasidic tradition of Judaism. Opposed to asceticism, he taught the immanence of God in the world. The Hasidic learn to remember God, not only during formal worship but in everyday life. Physical pleasure can rise to spiritual pleasure. The spirit and joy of Judaism are more important than its form.
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Consider the existence of more than one best. Here are a few suggestions for the best of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Atheism. I include Atheism because it is a belief system in our realm of religious ideas.
Here are my thoughts today. I am interested in what you think. Continue reading “Bests of the Great Religions”
“My faith is good and yours is evil.” Such beliefs have caused religious conflict around the globe. Even though Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all believe in one God, there have been terrible conflicts among these three. Jews (14 million) are the “chosen” people; their sacred book is the Tanakh. Christians (2.2 billion) are “saved” by the Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross; their sacred books are the Old Testament (aka Tanakh) and the New Testament. Muslims (1.6 billion) hold the Qur’an revealed to Muhammad is the “final revelation.” Continue reading “If There Is Only One God, Why the !*#~$> Are There Multiple Religions?”