Originally posted by Agerg
My question is in bold at the bottom of this post:
Often I refer to the god a person believes exists in the small case 'g' (as I just did then) Firstly, I don't do this out of defiance, mockery, mischief, I do this because I am of the conviction that the god I'm refering to is most likely not representative of a god that exists; instead this god is a constr ...[text shortened]... r god; and finally that this notion of theirs contains all the errors?[/b]
Substitute religion rules the world because this is the age of Kali, and everyone is bewildered and in illusion, and they dont know what to do, or what not to do.
In this condition they go shopping for a religion that suits there life style, or subscribe to a religion because they were born into it.
The world has many religions to choose from, all contradicting each other, because substitute religion is not authentic.
Substitute religion is newly fabricated from the minds of unenlightened superstitious men who have fabricated much of what has been presented.
Substitute religion being fabricated, is only a few thousand years old.....how can that be? because God is eternal and life is eternal.
Authentic religion must also be eternal along with God and the living beings.
Vedanta Sutra, Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita and other Vedic literatures are those eternal teachings of God and life.
Who is taking instruction and living by those authentic teachings....practically no one.
Theres your problem right there, everyone is subscribing to false substitute religions, and are being misdirected from true spiritual life and true knowledge of God.
Substitute religion will give no true knowledge of God, but give false knowledge and with that false knowledge, the people will fabricate their particular notions of God.
Their notions of God are produced from their minds and are mainly false.
True understanding of God is described in the Vedic teachings, and the process to realize these teachings are also given.
Without applying the process of spiritual living, the person will not come to realize the truth of those authentic teachings.
Why do persons reject authentic religion and subscribe to substitute religion .....because they are insincere and dishonest with themselves in their spiritual life, and take to the easier and softer path, the path of error.
Authentic spiritual living produces in the person a sensitivity and respect to all life, and they see the hand of God in all things....this is why the cannot kill for the satisfaction of their tongue.
The authentic spiritual life, is living a pure life without sin (error)....and this they cannot do, so they subscribe to a substitute religion, which allows them accept all manner of error and still go to their heaven.
This is fanciful and they will not go to their heaven, but return to this world of suffering time and time again.