Sunday, February 12, 2012

Visions of Moses, Jesus and Mohammed walking hand in hand

Just for clarification I would like it known that I chose the order in the title of this post based on the age of these respective faiths, with Judaism being the oldest and Islam the youngest....and Christianity in the middle.

Personally I don't believe in religious visions, frankly I think they're the product of over active imaginations and other factors like lack of sleep or even narcotics.  

But for the sake of argument, let's say visions are real, and that people all around the world start seeing images of Moses, Jesus and Mohammed walking hand in hand. 

What would it mean?

Let's look at the Jewish faith.  My understanding of Judaism is that at its core, adherents believe that the Jewish people are God's chosen, a lineage destined to be masters of basically the entire region often referred to as the 'Holy Land'.   I hesitate to use the term 'master race' for obvious reasons, but that does seem an apt description.

The writers of the Torah or Old Testament have God giving the Hebrew people sanction to commit all manner of atrocities in their efforts to subdue their enemies.  Its not much different when you look at Christianity and Islam when you consider the wars that have been waged in so called Holy Crusades and Jihads.

Imagine religion being removed from the equation as a justification for armed conflict.  If Moses, Jesus and Mohammed can join hands...why not the rest of the human race?

While the separation of Church and State is an often cited ideal of western democracies, religion and politics were joined at the hip when these three faiths started.  The political leaders in ancient times were also religious leaders.  Very convenient when waging war and seeking to control illiterate and ignorant populations.

Imagine if all Christians started believing that Jesus isn't the ONLY path to God.  If Jews started believing that all human beings are equal in the eyes of the Lord.  If Muslims started believing that Mohammed wasn't the most accurate prophet, just one of many.

Imagine humanity coming together.  Others have suggested it, Gandhi, John Lennon...even John Denver.  I'll leave you with one of my favorite songs by John Denver, no its not 'Thank God I'm a Country Boy' its called "Its About Time".

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