One of the great ironies of our recent experiences of so-called Christian countries is seen in relation to the idea contained in the story of Joseph, and Mary, who is about to give birth to Jesus, finding “no room at the inn.”
This story is used as a base for the fundamental Christian tenet of “charity,” and to “love thy neighbor.”
As Christian country after Christian country slams its door in the face of one who is pregnant with the new man, are we perhaps seeing, in our journey, the final death knell of Christianity’s claim to be any more than a cheap, political ideology of control?
Christianity and all other religions are on their deathbed. They are trying desperately to survive, but their survival is almost impossible; and the impossibility comes because they are not religions, they are pretenders.
The true religion can only be one.
It is such a simple thing to understand. Can you think of science as Christian science, as Hindu science, as Mohammedan science? It will be simply idiotic. Science is science. It is an inquiry into the objective world without any prejudice. How can it be Christian, how can it be Hindu?
Religion is an inquiry into the subjective world without any prejudice. How can it be Christian or Jewish or Buddhist?
Truth is one, and religions cannot be many.
What is dying is their “many-ness,” and out of this death will arise a simple religiousness with no adjective to it. Can’t you think of a man just being religious, just as you think of a man being scientific? If we can visualize a man being truthful, being sincere, being authentic, being nonviolent, being compassionate – he is a religious man.
Religion is not something to be believed in but something to be lived, something to be experienced; not a belief in your mind but a flavor of your whole being. Whatever you do will have a religious quality to it, just as a scientific mind is bound to do everything in a scientific way, even sometimes to the extent of absurdity.
I have heard about Herodotus, a Greek mathematician, who was the first to discover the law of averages; and because he was the first man in history to discover it, he was so full of it that he was looking at everything through the law of averages.
One day he had gone for a picnic with his three or four children and his wife, and they had to cross a small stream. The wife said, “Take care of the children.”
He said, “Don’t be worried. Have you forgotten that you are the wife of Herodotus? First, I will take the average depth of the stream and the average height of the children; and if the average height is more than the average depth, there is no problem.” The wife had no understanding of averages, but she was really worried that some accident is going to happen: “What nonsense is he doing?”
He went with his instruments in a few places: he checked the depth of the water, and then he measured the height of all four children. Somewhere the water was shallow, and somewhere it was very deep; but when it comes to averages….