All the Good Days in God: God, Taoism and Shinto

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

God, Taoism and Shinto

As written in the Bible, "You shall have no other Gods besides me. You shall not worship sculpted images, or any likeness of what is in the heavens above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them." It further goes on to say, "You shall not use God's name with vanity by proclaiming oaths in God's name."

Though the Bible states the Ten Commandments are equal in the eyes of God and should not be valued higher or lower according to how they are listed, these two commandments are traditionally listed first. Religions, such as: Taoism and Shinto are erroneously judged because they categorize Gods or Creature Spirits. However, people who practice Taoism or Shinto are not inclined to worship Gods or Creature Spirits similarly to how various religions acknowledge Angles and Demons. Most acknowledge these entities as a catalyst to convey philosophy or lesser entities under God's guidance.

Dramatic episodes of religious clashes between these religions and Judaic religions occur largely between India and Pakistan. It also occurs between the Philippines and China. India, bordering Pakistan for several centuries, learned to compromise by exalting Rama. Rama is the primary God. They also removed his image from Religious text. Sometimes Rama is represented by a starry cloud set in the darkness of a night sky.

In current events Spain decided to become a part of the world again. Branching out, they joined global organizations after years of isolation. Previously, isolating their country and territories, they decided hard work and assistance from the Vatican was all they needed before the Philippines became a territory. Currently the Philippines are primarily Catholic.

Everything is fine; however, a part of Catholic religion dictates the importance of assisting people through evangelism and conversion to save people's souls. Communist China is open to religion and represents an array of religions; however, there is a preference for people to understand religions through Buddhism.

Though there are no incidents between the cultures, I have heard there is an underlying tension. When thinking of the dilemma, there is no need to have tension. In fact, the whole issue is easily resolved. Taoist and Shinto do not worship or bow down to any deities, even when believing they are real. Seeking to dismiss egotism enough to see Kami or Oni again an arbitrary compromise is to announce Izanagi as the leader and remove his image from all religious texts and announce it is not his true form. Izanagi has similarities to God. He is the creator. The Sun was made from his left eye and the moon from his right eye.

While several Christians are secular, there is an obligation to protect people from harm or damnation; therefore, seeing deities displayed as Gods or failing to worship God is extremely unnerving. What if God is real and they let someone's soul be lost or were judged for failure to assist someone to see the greatness of God?

Buddhism is a system of meditation and many Christians observe similarities between teachings of Christ. Therefore, with the understanding these meditations are a method similar to prayer; it is okay to pray using various Buddhist meditations determined important to create a functional society.

It is awkward how dogmatic or defensive a person becomes over ideals, especially when no one ever admits they believe it is real. Most people admit they are not sure or believe it is philosophy. Yet, when people attempt to convert, impede or follow another religion they become greatly offended and sometimes violent about teachings. Even though the core of all these religions is to have understanding and live, today, as though earth is paradise.

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