“I have always been a staunch believer in religious tolerance. To say that one religion is better than another breeds hypocrisy and violence, and leads one to being too judgmental. I have always believed that an individual, no matter who they are or what their background is or what culture they come from, has the right to decide for themselves how they want to believe as far as religion is concerned. Religion to me has always been a personal and cherished support to help me live my life. To say what is right for me is right for everybody would be the ultimate slap in the face to God and would impinge on the freedom and rights of his Creations. I have never been able to understand how any person or group can say or put forth that they have all the answers and truth and that anyone who doesn’t follow their beliefs is damned or doomed to hell or something even worse. They are not God and never will be, and their insistence that they are right just shows the world how insecure they are in their own beliefs.”
“The plain and simple fact is that all religions have some truth, but none have all the truth. To build your religious knowledge and beliefs by picking out the truths of any or all of mankind’s religions is the ultimate of all religions. Although it doesn’t necessarily have a name or a church, temple or particular place of worship, this knowledge and truth resides inside of you every day and brings solace to your life and soul. It also allows you the freedom to acknowledge all the good in religion and do away with the bad.”
Quoted from Sylvia Browne’s book “The Mystical Life of Jesus,” Page 72, Paragraph 2.
Sylvia Browne certainly has more to say on the subject of religious tolerance, but these two paragraphs touched my very soul. If the world could adopt this philosophy, we might be able to do away with religious wars.