Paper 131 - The World’s Religions
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paper 131 the world's religions during the Alexandrian sojourn of Jesus go not and gain it the young men spent much of his time and no small sum of his father's money making a collection of the teachings of the world's religions about God and his relations with mortal men gained had employed more than threescore learned translators in the making of this abstract of the religious doctrines of the world concerning the deities and it should be made plain in this record that all these teachings portraying monotheism were largely derived directly or indirectly from the preachments of the missionaries of makovan to Melchizedek who went forth from their Salem headquarters to spread the doctrine of one God the Most High to the ends of the earth there is presented here with an abstract of gain it's manuscript which he prepared at Alexandria and Rome and which was preserved in India for hundreds of years after his death he collected this material under ten heads as follows one cynicism the residual teachings of the disciples of Melchizedek excepting those which persisted in the Jewish religion were best preserved in the doctrines of the cynics gained and selection embraced the following God is supreme he is the most high of heaven and earth God has the perfected circle of eternity and he rules the universe of universes he is the soul maker of the heavens and the earth when he decrees a thing that thing is our God is one God and he is compassionate and merciful everything that is high holy true and beautiful is like our God the most high is the light of heaven on earth he is the god of the east the west the north and the south even if the should pass away the resplendent face of the supreme would abide in majesty and glory the Most High is the first in the last the beginning and the end of everything there is but this one God and His name is truth God is self-existent and he is devoid of all anger and enmity he is immortal and infinite our God is omnipotent and bounteous while he has many manifestations we worship only God himself God knows all our secrets and our proclamations he also knows what each of us deserves his might is equal to all things God is a peace giver and a faithful protector of all who fear and trust him he gives salvation to all who serve Him all creation exists in the power of the Most High His divine love springs forth from the holiness of his power and affection is born of the might of his greatness the Most High has decreed the union of body and soul and his endowed man with his own spirit what man does must come to an end but what the Creator does goes on forever we gain knowledge from the experience of men but we derive wisdom from the contemplation of the Most High God pours rain upon the earth he causes the Sun to shine upon the sprouting grain and he gives us the abundant harvest of the good things of this life and eternal salvation in the world to come our God enjoys great Authority his name is excellent and his nature is unfathomable when you are sick it is the Most High who heals you God is full of goodness toward all men we have no friend like the Most High his mercy fills all places and his goodness encompasses all souls the Most High is changeless and he is our helper in every time of need wherever you turn to pray there is the face of the Most High and the open ear of our God you may hide yourself from men but not from God God is not a great distance from us he is omnipresent God fills all places and lives in the heart of the man who fears his Holy Name creation is in the Creator and the creator in his creation we search for the most high and then find him in our hearts you go in quest of a dear friend and then you discover him within your soul the man who knows God looks upon all men as equal they are his brethren those who are selfish those who ignore their brothers in the flesh have only weariness as their reward those who love their fellows and who have pure hearts shall see God God never forgets sincerity he will guide the honest of heart into the truth for God is truth in your lives overthrow error and overcome evil by the love of the living truth in all your relations with men do good for evil the Lord God is merciful and loving he is forgiving let us love God for he first loved us by God's love and through his mercy we shall be saved for men and rich men are brothers God is their father the evil you would not have done you do not to others at all times call upon his name and as you believe in his name so shall your prayer be heard what a great honor it is to worship the Most High all the world's in the universes worship the Most High and with all your prayers give thanks ascend to worship prayerful worship shuns evil and forbids sin at all times let us praise the name of the Most High the man who takes shelter in the Most High conceals his defects from the universe when you stand before God with a clean heart you become fearless of all creation the Most High is like a loving father and mother he really loves us his children on earth our God will forgive us and guide our footsteps into the ways of salvation he will take us by the hand and lead us to himself God saves those who trust him he does not compel man to serve his name if the faith of most high has entered your heart then shall you abide free from fear throughout all the days of your life fret not yourself because of the prosperity of the ungodly fear not those who plot evil let the soul turn away from sin and put your whole trust in the god of salvation the weary soul of the laundering mortal finds eternal rest in the arms of the Most High the wise man hungers for the divine embrace the earth child longs for the security of the arms of the universal father the noble man seeks for that high estate wherein the soul of the mortal blends with the Spirit of the Supreme God is just what fruit we received not from our plantings in this world we shall receive in the next to Judaism the Kenites of Palestine salvaged much of the teaching of Melchizedek and from these records as preserved and modified by the Jews Jesus and gay nerd made the following selection in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and all things therein and behold all he created was very good the Lord he is God there is none beside him in heaven above or upon the earth beneath therefore shall you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork day after day utters speech night after night shows knowledge there is no speech or language where their voice is not heard the Lord's work is great and in wisdom as he made all things the greatness of the Lord is unsearchable he knows the number of the stars he calls them all by their names the power of the Lord is great and his understanding infinite says the Lord as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts God reveals the deep and secret things because the light dwells with him the Lord is merciful and gracious he is long-suffering and abundant and goodness and truth the Lord is good and upright the meat will he guide in judgment taste and see that the Lord is good blessed is the man who trusts God God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him and his righteousness even to our children's children the Lord is gracious and full of compassion the Lord is good to all and his tender mercies are over all his creation he heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds whither shall I go from God's Spirit whither shall I flee from the divine presence thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity whose name is holy i dwell in the high and holy place also with him who is of a contrite heart and a humble spirit none can hide himself from our God for he fills heaven and earth let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice but all nations say the Lord reigns give thanks to God for His mercy endures forever the heavens declare God's righteousness and all the people have seen his glory it is God who has made us and not we ourselves we are his people the Sheep of his pasture his mercy is everlasting and his truth endures to all generations our God is governor among the nation's let the earth be filled with his glory o that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for his wonderful gifts to the children of men God has made man a little less than divine and has crowned him with love and mercy the Lord knows the way of the righteous but the way of the ungodly Shall Perish the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom the knowledge of the supreme is understanding says the Almighty God walk before me and be perfect forget not that pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall he who rules his own spirit is mightier than he who takes a city says the Lord God the Holy One in returning to your spiritual rest shall you be saved in quietness and confidence shall be your strength they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings like eagles they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not be faint the Lord shall give you rest from your fear says the Lord fear not for I am with you be not dismayed for I am your God I will strengthen you I will help you yes I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness God is our Father the Lord is our Redeemer God has created the universal hosts and he preserves them all his righteousness is like the mountains and his judgment like the great deep he causes us to drink of the river of his pleasures and in his light we shall see light it is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to the Most High to show forth loving-kindness in the morning and the divine faithfulness every night God's kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom and his Dominion endures throughout all generations the Lord is my shepherd I shall not want he makes me to lie down in green pastures he leads me beside still waters he restores my soul he leads me in the paths of righteousness yes even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for god is with me surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever Yaffa is the god of my salvation therefore in the divine name will I put my trust I will trust in the Lord with all my heart I will lean not upon my own understanding in all my ways I will acknowledge him and he shall direct my paths the Lord is faithful he keeps his word with those who serve Him the just shall live by his faith if you do not well it is because sin lies at the door men reap the evil they plow and the sin they sow fret not yourself because of evildoers if you regard iniquity in your heart the Lord will not hear you if you sin against God you also wronged your own soul we'll bring every man's work to judgment with every secret thing whether it be good or evil as a man thinks in his heart so is he the Lord is near all who call upon him in sincerity and in truth weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning a merry heart does good like a medicine no good thing will God withhold from those who walk uprightly fear God and keep his Commandments for this is the whole duty of man thus says the Lord who created the heavens and who formed the earth there is no God beside me a just God and a savior look to me and be saved all the ends of the earth if you seek me you shall find me if you search for me with all your heart the meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace whoever sews iniquity shall reap calamity they who sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind come now let us reason together says the Lord though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow though they be red like crimson they shall be as wool but there is no peace for the wicked it is your own sins which have withheld the good things from you God is the health of my countenance and the joy of my soul the eternal God is my strength he is our dwelling place and underneath are the everlasting arms the Lord is near to those who are brokenhearted he saves all who have a childlike spirit many are the afflictions of the righteous man but the Lord delivers him out of them all commit your way to the Lord trust him and he will bring it to pass he who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty love your neighbor as yourself bear a grudge against no man whatsoever you hate due to no man love your brother for the Lord has said I will love my children freely the path of the just is as a shining light which shines more and more until the perfect day they who are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament and they who turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever let the wicked forsake his evil way and the unrighteous man his rebellious thoughts says the Lord let them return to me and I will have mercy on them I will abundantly pardon says God the creator of heaven and earth great peace have they who love my law my Commandments are you shall love me with all your heart you shall have no gods beside me you shall not take my name in vain remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy honor your father and mother you shall not kill you shall not commit adultery you shall not steal you shall not bear false witness you shall not covet and to all who love the Lord supremely and their neighbors like themselves the God of heaven says I will ransom you from the grave I will redeem you from death I will be merciful to your children as well as just have I not said of my creatures on earth you are the sons of the Living God and have I not loved you with an everlasting love have I not called you to become like me and to dwell forever with me in paradise 3 Buddhism gained it was shocked to discover how near Buddhism came to being a great and beautiful religion without God without a personal and universal deity however he did find some record of certain earlier beliefs which reflected something of the influence of the teachings of the Melchizedek missionaries who continued their work in India even to the times of Buddha Jesus and gain had collected the following statements from the Buddhist literature out of a pure heart shall gladness bring forth to the infinite all my being shall be at peace with this super mortal rejoicing my soul is filled with content and my heart overflows with the Bliss of peaceful trust I have no fear I am free from anxiety by dwellin security and my enemies cannot harm me I am satisfied with the fruits of my confidence I have found the approach to the immortal easy of access I pray for faith to sustain me on the long journey I know that faith from Beyond will not fail me I know my brethren will prosper if they become imbued with the faith of the immortal even the faith that creates modesty a brightness wisdom courage knowledge and perseverance let us forsake sorrow and disown fear by faith let us lay hold upon true righteousness and genuine manliness let us learn to meditate on justice and mercy faith is man's true wealth it is the endowment of virtue and glory unrighteousness is contemptible sin is despicable evil is degrading whether held in thought or rot out in deeds pain and sorrow follow in the path of evil as the dust follows the wind happiness and peace of mind follow pure thinking and virtuous living as the shadow follows the substance of material things evil is the fruit of wrongly directed thinking it is evil to see sin where there is no sin to see no sin where there is sin evil is the path of false doctrines those who avoid evil by seeing things as they are gain joy by thus embracing the truth make an end of your misery by loathing sin when you look up to the noble one turn away from sin with a whole heart make no apology for evil make no excuse for sin by your efforts to make amends for past sins you acquire strength to resist future tendencies there to restraint is born of repentance leave no fault unconfessed to the noble one cheerful and gladness are the rewards of deeds well done and to the glory of the immortal no man can rob you of the liberty of your own mind when the faith of your religion has emancipated your heart when the mind like a mountain is settled and immovable then shall the Peace of the soul float tranquilly like a river of waters those who are sure of salvation are forever free from lust Envy hatred and the delusions of wealth while faith is the energy of the better life nevertheless must you work out your own salvation with perseverance if you would be certain of your final salvation then make sure that you sincerely seek to fulfill all righteousness cultivate the assurance of the heart which springs from within and thus come to enjoy the ecstasy of eternal salvation no religionist may hope to attain the enlightenment of immortal wisdom who persists in being slothful indolent feeble idle shameless and selfish but whoso is thoughtful prudent reflective fervent and earnest even while he yet lives on earth may attain the supreme enlightenment of the peace and Liberty of divine wisdom remember every act shall receive its reward evil results in sorrow and sin ends in pain joy and happiness are the outcome of a good life even the evildoer enjoys a season of grace before the time of the full ripening of his evil deeds but inevitably there must come the full harvest of evildoing let no man think lightly of sin saying in his heart the penalty of wrongdoing shall not come near me what you do shall be done to you in the judgement of wisdom injustice done to your fellows shall come back upon you the creature cannot escape the destiny of his deeds The Fool has in his heart evil shall not overtake me but safety is found only when the soul craves reproof and the mind seeks wisdom the wise man is a noble soul who is friendly in the midst of his enemies tranquil among the turbulent and generous among the grasping love of self is like weeds in a goodly field selfishness leads to grief perpetual care kills the tamed mind yields happiness he is the greatest of warriors who overcomes and subdues him self-restraint in all things is good he alone is a superior person who esteems virtue and his observant of his duty let not anger and hate master you speak harshly of no one contentment is the greatest wealth what is given wisely is well saved do not do to others those things you would not wish done to you pay good for evil overcome evil with the good a righteous soul is more to be desired than the sovereignty of all the earth immortality is the goal of sincerity death the end of thoughtless living those who are earnest die not the thoughtless are dead already blessed are they who have insight into the deathless State those who torture the living will hardly find happiness after death the unselfish go to heaven where they rejoice in the Bliss of infinite liberality and continue to increase in noble generosity every mortal who thinks righteously speaks nobly and acts unselfishly shall not only enjoy virtue here during this brief life but shall also after the dissolution of the body continue to enjoy the delights of heaven for Hinduism the missionaries of Melchizedek carried the teachings of the One God with them wherever they journeyed much of this monotheistic doctrine together with other and previous concepts became embodied in the subsequent teachings of Hinduism Jesus and gay nerd made the following excerpts he is the great God in every way supreme he is the law who encompasses all things he is the creator and controller of the universe of universes God is one God he is alone and by himself he is the only one and this God is our maker and the last destiny of the soul the supreme one is brilliant beyond description he is the light of Lights every heart and every world is illuminated by this divine light God is our protector he stands by the side of his creatures and those who learn to know him become immortal God is the great source of energy he is the great soul he exercises universal lordship over all this one God is loving glorious and adorable our God is supreme and power and abides in the supreme abode this true person is eternal and divine he is the primal Lord of Heaven all the prophets have hailed him and he has revealed himself to us we worship Him o supreme person source of beings Lord of creation and ruler of the universe revealed to us your creatures the power whereby you abide eminent God has made the Sun and the stars he is bright pure and self existent his eternal knowledge is divinely wise the eternal is unpenetrated by evil in as much as the universe sprang from God he does rule it appropriately he is the cause of creation and hence are all things established in him God is the refuge of every good man when in need the immortal one cares for all mankind God's salvation is strong and his kindness is gracious he is a loving protector a blessed defender says the Lord I dwell within their own Souls as a lamp of wisdom I am the splendor of the splendid and the goodness of the good where two or three gathered together there am I also the creature cannot escape the presence of the Creator the Lord even counts the ceaseless winking of every mortals eyes and we worship the divine being as our inseparable companion he is all prevailing bountiful omnipresent and infinitely kind the Lord is our ruler shelter and supreme controller and his primeval Spirit dwells within the mortal sold the eternal witness to vice and virtue dwells within man's heart let us long meditate on the adorable and divine vivify ER let his spirit fully direct our thoughts from this unreal world lead us to the real from darkness lead us to the light from death guide us to immortality with our hearts purged of all hate let us worship the eternal our God is the lord of prayer he hears the cry of his children let all men submit their wills to him the resolute let us delight in the liberality of the Lord of Prayer make prayer your inmost friend and worship your soul's support if you will but worship me in loves as the eternal I will give you the wisdom to attain me for my worship is the virtue common to all creatures God is the illuminator of the gloomy and the power of those who are faint since God is our strong friend we have no more fear we praise the name of the never conquered Conqueror we worship Him because He is man's faithful and eternal helper God is our Shore leader and unfailing guide he is the great parent of heaven and earth possessed of unlimited energy and infinite wisdom his splendor is sublime and his beauty divine he is the supreme refuge of the universe and the change Guardian of everlasting law our God is the lord of life and a comforter of all men he is the lover of mankind and the helper of those who are distressed he is our life giver and the Good Shepherd of the human flocks god is our father brother and friend and we long to know this God in our inner being we have learned to win faith by the yearning of our hearts we have attained wisdom by the restraint of our senses and by wisdom we have experienced peace in the supreme he who is full of faith worships truly when his inner self is intent upon God our God wears the heavens as a mantle he also inhabit s' the other six wide spreading universes he is supreme over all and in all we crave forgiveness from the Lord for all of our trespasses against our fellows and we would release our friend from the wrong he has done us our spirit loathes all evil therefore O Lord free us from all taint of sin we pray to God as a comforter protector and Savior one who loves us the spirit the universe keeper enters the soul of the simple creature that man is wise who worships the one God those who strive for perfection must indeed know the lorentz supreme he never fears who knows the blissful security of the supreme for the supreme says to those who serve Him fear not for I am with you the God of Providence is our Father God is truth and it is the desire of God that his creatures should understand him come fully to know the truth truth is eternal it sustains the universe our supreme desire shall be union with the supreme the great controller is the generator of all things all evolves from him and this is the sum of duty let no man do to another what would be repugnant to himself cherish no malice smite not him who smites you conquer anger with mercy and vanquish hate by benevolence and all this we should do because God is a kind friend and a gracious father who remits all our earthly offenses God is our Father the earth our mother and the universe our birthplace without God the soul as a prisoner to know God releases the soul by meditation on God by union with him there comes deliverance from the illusions of evil and ultimate salvation from all material fetters when man shall roll up space as a piece of leather then will come the end of evil because men has found God O God save us from the threefold ruin of hell lust wrath and avarice Oh soul gird yourself for the spirit struggle of immortality when the end of mortal life comes hesitate not to forsake this body for a more fit and beautiful form and to awake in the realms of the supreme and immortal where there is no fear sorrow hunger thirst or death to know God is to cut the cords of death the God knowing soul rises in the universe like the cream appears on top of the milk we worship God the all worker the great soul who was ever seated in the heart of his creatures and they who know that go is enthroned in the human heart are destined to become like him immortal evil must be left behind in this world but virtue follows the soul to heaven it is only the wicked who say the universe has neither truth nor a ruler it was only designed for our lusts such souls are diluted by the smallness of their intellects thus they abandon themselves to the enjoyment of their lusts and deprive their souls of the joys of virtue and the pleasures of righteousness what can be greater than to experience salvation from sin the man who has seen the supreme is immortal man's Friends of the flesh cannot survive death virtue alone walks by man's side as he journeys ever onward toward the gladsome and sunlit fields of paradise 5 Zara Austrian ISM Zoroaster was himself directly in contact with the descendants of the earlier Melchizedek missionaries and their doctrine of the One God became a central teaching in the religion which he founded in Persia aside from Judaism no religion of that day contained more of these salem teachings from the records of this religion gained it made the following excerpts all things come from and belong to the one God all wise good righteous holy resplendent and glorious this our God is the source of all luminosity he is the creator the God of all good purposes and the protector of the Justice of the universe the wise course in life is to act in consonance with the spirit of truth God is all-seeing and he beholds both the evil deeds of the wicked and the good works of the righteous our God observes all things with a flashing eye his touch is the touch of healing the Lord is an all-powerful benefactor God stretches out his beneficent hand to both the righteous and the wicked God establishes the world and ordained the rewards for good and for evil the all-wise God has promised immortality to the pious souls who think purely and act righteously you supremely desire so shall you be the light of the Sun is as wisdom to those who discern God in the universe praise God by seeking the pleasure of the wise one worship the God of light by joyfully walking in the paths ordained by his revealed religion there is but one supreme god the lord of lights we worship him who made the waters plants animals the earth and the heavens our God is Lord most beneficent we worship the most beauteous the bountiful immortal endowed with eternal light God is farthest from us and at the same time nearest to us in that he dwells within our souls our God is the divine and holiest spirit of paradise and yet he is more friendly to man than the most friendly of all creatures God is most helpful to us in this greatest of all businesses the knowing of himself God is our most adorable and righteous friend he is our wisdom life and vigor of soul and body through our good thinking the wise Creator will enable us to do his will thereby attaining the realization of all that is divinely perfect Lord how to live this life in the flesh while preparing for the next life of the spirit speak to us Lord and we will do your bidding teach us the good paths and we will go right grant us that we may attain union with you we know that the religion is right which leads to union with righteousness God is our wise nature best thought and righteous act may God grant us unity with the Divine Spirit and immortality in himself this religion of the wise one cleanses the believer from every evil thought and sinful deed I bow before the God of heaven in repentance if I have offended in thought word or act intentionally or unintentionally and I offer prayers for mercy and praise for forgiveness I know when I make confession if I purpose not to do again the evil thing that sin will be removed from my soul I know that forgiveness takes away the bonds of sin those who do evil shall receive punishment but those who follow truth shall enjoy the Bliss of an eternal salvation through grace lay hold upon us and minister saving power to our souls we claim mercy because we aspire to attain perfection we would be like God 6 Syd Wan ISM Jainism the third group of religious believers who preserve the doctrine of one God in India the survival of the Melchizedek teaching were known in those days as the Sood Juanes latterly these believers have become known as followers of Jainism they taught the Lord of heaven is supreme those who commit sin will not ascend on high but those who walk in the paths of righteousness shall find a place in heaven we are assured of the life hereafter if we know the truth the soul of man may ascend to the highest heaven there to develop its true spiritual nature to attain perfection the estate of heaven delivers men from the bondage of sin and introduces him to the final Beatitudes the righteous man has already experienced an end of sin and all its associated miseries self is man's invincible foe and self is manifested as men's four greatest passions anger pride deceit and greed man's greatest victory is the conquest of himself when man looks to God for forgiveness and when he makes bold to enjoy such Liberty he is thereby delivered from fear man should journey through life treating his fellow creatures as he would like to be treated seven Shinto only recently had the manuscripts of this Far Eastern religion been lodged in the Alexandrian library it was the one world religion of which canid had never heard this belief also contained remnants of the earlier Melchizedek teachings as is shown by the following abstracts says the Lord you are all recipients of my divine power all men enjoy my ministry of mercy I derive great pleasure in the multiplication of righteous men throughout the land in both the beauties of nature and the virtues of men does the prince of heaven seek to reveal himself and to show forth his righteous nature since the olden people did not know my name I manifested myself by being born into the world as a visible existence and endured such a basement even that man should not forget my name I am the maker of heaven and earth the Sun and the moon and all the stars obey my will I am the ruler of all creatures on land and in the four seas although I am great and supreme still I have regard for the prayer of the poorest man if any creature will worship me I will hear his prayer and grant the desire of his heart every time man yields to anxiety he takes one step away from the leading of the spirit of his heart pride obscures God if you would obtain heavenly help put away your pride every hair of pride shuts off saving light as it were by a great cloud if you are not right on the inside it is useless to pray for that which is on the outside if I hear your prayers it is because you come before me with a clean heart free from falsehood and hypocrisy with a soul which reflects truth like a mirror if you would gain immortality forsake the world and come to me eight tower ISM the messengers of Melchizedek penetrated far into China and the doctrine of one God became a part of the earlier teachings of several Chinese religions the one persisting the longest and containing most of the monotheistic truth was Taoism and gained had collected the following from the teachings of its founder how pure and tranquil is the supreme one and yet how powerful and mighty how deep and unfathomable this God of heaven is the honored ancestor of all things if you know the eternal you are enlightened and wise if you know not the eternal then does ignorance manifest itself as evil and thus do the passions of sin arise this wondrous being existed before the heavens and the earth were he is truly spiritual he stands alone and changes not he is indeed the world's mother and all creation moves around him this great one imparts himself to men and thereby enables them to excel and to survive even if one has but a little knowledge he can still walk in the ways of the supreme he can conform to the will of heaven all good work true service come from the supreme all things depend on the great source for life the great supreme seeks no credit for his bestows he is supreme in power yet he remains hidden from our gaze he unceasingly transmutes his attributes while perfecting his creatures the heavenly reason is slow and patient in his designs but sure of his accomplishments the supreme over spreads the universe and sustains it all how great and mighty are his overflowing influence and drawing power true goodness is like water in that it blesses everything and harms nothing and like water true goodness seeks the lowest places even those levels which others avoid and that is because it is akin to the supreme the supreme creates all things in nature nourishing them and in spirit perfecting them and it is a mystery how the supreme fosters protects and perfects the creature without compelling him he guides and directs but without self assertion he ministers progression but without domination the wise men universal eise's his heart a little knowledge is a dangerous thing those who aspire to greatness must learn to humble themselves in creation the supreme became the world's mother – no one's mother is to recognize one sonship he is a wise man who regards all parts from the point of view of the whole relate yourself to every man as if you were in his place recompense injury with kindness if you love people they were drawn near you you will have no difficulty in winning them the great supreme is all-pervading he is on the left hand and on the right he supports all creation and in dwells all true beings you cannot find the supreme neither can you go to a place where he is not if a man recognizes the evil of his ways and repents of sin from the heart then may he seek forgiveness he may escape the penalty he may change calamity into blessing the supreme is the secure refuge for all creation he is the guardian and Saviour of men mind if you seek for him daily you shall find him since he can forgive sins he is indeed most precious to all men always remember that God does not reward man for what he does but for what he is there for should you extend help to your fellows without the thought of rewards do good without thought of benefit to the self they who know the laws of the eternal are wise ignorance of the divine law is misery and disaster they who know the laws of God are liberal minded if you know the eternal even though your body perish your soul shall survive in spirit service you are truly wise when you recognize your insignificance if you abide in the light of the eternal you shall enjoy the Enlightenment of the supreme those who dedicate their persons to the service of the Supreme are joyous in the pursuit of the eternal when man dies the spirit begins to wing its long flight on the great home journey 9 Confucianism even the least God knowing of the world's great religions acknowledged the monotheism of the Melchizedek missionaries and their persistent successors canid summary of Confucianism was what heaven appoints is without error truth is real and divine everything originates in heaven and the Great heaven makes no mistakes heaven has appointed many subordinates to assist in the instruction and uplifting of the inferior creatures great very great is the one God who rules men from on high God is majestic in power and awful in judgment but this great God has conferred a moral sense even on many inferior people heavens bounty never stops benevolence is heavens choicest gift to men heaven has bestowed its nobility upon the soul of man the virtues of man are the fruit of this endowment of heavens nobility the great heaven is all discerning and goes with men in all his doings and we do well when we call the great heaven our Father and our mother if we are thus servants of our divine ancestors then may we in confidence pray to heaven at all times and in everything let us stand in awe of the majesty of heaven we acknowledge o God the Most High and sovereign potentate that judgment rests with you and that all mercy proceeds from the divine heart God is with us therefore we have no fear in our hearts if there be found any virtue in me it is the manifestation of heaven who abides with me but this heaven within me often makes hard demands on my faith if God is with me I have determined to have no doubts in my heart faith must be very near the truth of things and I do not see how a man can live without this good faith good and evil do not befall men without cause heaven deals with man's soul in accordance with its purpose when you find yourself in the wrong do not hesitate to confess your error and be quick to make amends a wise man is occupied with the search for truth not in seeking for a mere living to attain the perfection of heaven is the goal of man the superior man is given to self-adjustment and he is free from anxiety and fear God is with you have no doubt in your heart every good deed has its recompense the superior man murmurs not against heaven nor holds a grudge against men what you do not like when done to yourself – not to others let compassion be a part of all punishment in every way endeavor to make punishment a blessing such as the way of great heaven while all creatures must die and return to the earth the spirit of the noble man goes forth to be displayed on high and to ascend to the glorious light of final brightness 10 our religion after arduous labor of affecting this compilation of the teachings of the world religions concerning the Paradise father gain had set himself to the task of formulating what he deemed to be a summary of the belief he had arrived at regarding God as a result of Jesus's teaching this young man was in the habit of referring to such beliefs as our religion this was his record the Lord our God is one Lord and you should love him with all your mind and heart while you do your very best to love all his children as you love yourself this one God is our Heavenly Father in whom all things consist and who dwells by his spirit in every sincere human soul and we who are the children of God should learn how to commit the keeping of our souls to him as to a faithful creator with our Heavenly Father all things are possible since he is the creator having made all things and all beings it could not be otherwise though we cannot see God we can know him and by daily living the will of the Father in heaven we can reveal him to our fellow men the divine riches of God's character must be infinitely deep and eternally wise we cannot search out God by knowledge but we can know him in our hearts by personal experience while his justice may be past finding out his mercy may be received by the humblest being on earth while the father fills the universe he also lives in our hearts the mind of man is human mortal but the spirit of man is divine immortal God is not only all-powerful but also all-wise if our earth parents being of evil tendency know how to love their children and bestow good gifts on them how much more must the good father in heaven know how wisely to love his children on earth and to bestow suitable blessings upon them the father in heaven will not suffer a single child on earth to perish if that child has a desire to find the father and truly longs to be like him our Father even loves the wicked and is always kind to the ungrateful if more human beings could only know about the goodness of God they would certainly be led repent of their evil ways and forsake all known sin all good things come down from the father of light in whom there is no variableness neither shadow of changing the spirit of the true God is in man's heart he intends that all men should be brothers when men begin to feel after God that is evidence that God has found them and that they are in quest of knowledge about him we live in God and God dwells in us I will no longer be satisfied to believe that God is the father of all my people I will henceforth believe that he is also my father always will I try to worship God with the help of the Spirit of Truth which is my helper when I have become really God knowing but first of all I am going to practice worshiping God by learning how to do the will of God on earth that is I am going to do my best to treat each of my fellow mortals just as I think God would like to have him treated and when we live this sort of a life in the flesh we may ask many things of God and He will give us the desire of our hearts that we may be the better prepared to serve our fellows and all of this loving service of the children of God enlarges our capacity to receive and experience the joys of heaven the high pleasures of the Ministry of the Spirit of heaven I will every day thank God for His unspeakable gift I will praise him for his wonderful works to the children of men to me he is the Almighty the creator the power and the mercy but best of all he is my spirit father and as his earth child I am sometime going forth to see him and my tutor has said that by searching for him I shall become like him by faith in God I have attained peace with him this new religion of ours is very full of joy and it generates an enduring happiness I am confident that I shall be faithful even to death and that I will surely receive the crown of eternal life I am learning to prove all things and adhere to that which is good whatsoever I would that men should do to me that I will do to my fellows by this new faith I know that man may become the son of God but it sometimes terrifies me when I stop to think that all men are my brothers but it must be true I do not see how I can rejoice in the Fatherhood of God while I refused to accept the brotherhood of man whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved if that is true then all men must be my brothers henceforth will I do my good deeds in secret I will also pray most one by myself I will judge not that I may not be unfair to my fellows I am going to learn to love my enemies I have not truly mastered this practice of being God like though I see God in these other religions I find him in our religion as being more beautiful loving merciful personal and positive but most of all this great and glorious being is my spiritual father I am his child and by no other means than my honest desire to be like him I am eventually to find him and eternally to serve Him at last I have a religion with a god a marvelous God and he is a God of eternal salvation

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