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Mankind is One.

The following investigation for the "Case For World Unity" makes these three central points.

1. Humanity is but one species with the same needs worldwide.

 

Not seeing ourselves as Hindu, Jew, Christian or Muslim. Let us not label ourselves as American, European, black, yellow or white. This awareness must be truly realized and integrated into the heart mind and soul of our daily thought and lives., Mankind is but one species. There is no substantial difference between us. It has been shown by science that we are all genetically closely related.  Let us learn from the wonderful diverse relationships to be found in the natural order

Agreement of science and religion

2. Knowledge is found both in objective empirical science and the teaching of the holy masters.

 

It behooves us to use the timeless wisdom of the cosmic and natural classroom to our advantage and, combining the outer observations of science with the inner discernment of the great spiritual truths extolled by the great religious teachers of the ages, show the inner redemptive truth found in all the world's great Faiths. furthermore,, Religion needs science to help keep it from the dark past of superstition and ignorance while religion guides us in the application and use of new technologies. Religion reminds us creation is God's and science is but a gift of the intellect as created by God to be used for the benefit of all.

God is one

3. the basic need for religious truth but not the harmful effects of sectarian doctrinal conflicts or religious intolerance.

 

To realize the "Word of God" as extolled in all the great Faiths nurtures the growth of  our inner creative nature. It brings to us all the awareness and need for something beyond ourselves. it answers questions beyond the realm of science such as  the who, why and how of existence. Why are we here? What is our purpose?

We must come to terms with and understand that doctrinal conflicts and extremist hair-splitting arguments over practices of faith; the hatred and atrocities committed  in the "name" of God against others of his own children of a different creed are contrary to the central principles of faith and goodwill taught by all the great masters. Indeed all humanity the world over are servants of one indivisible God.

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The Golden Rule as expressed in different faiths and philosophys.  

Shared belief in the "Golden Rule" Ethics of Reciprocity.          

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Quotation:

"Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people's suffering. On these lines every religion had more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal." The Dalai Lama."

 

Overview

Religious groups differ greatly in their concepts of deity, other beliefs and practices. Non-theistic ethical and philosophic systems, like Humanism and Ethical Culture, also exhibit a wide range of beliefs. But there is near unanimity of opinion among almost all religions, ethical systems and philosophies that each person should treat others in a decent manner. Almost all of these groups have passages in their holy texts, or writings of their leaders, which promote this Ethic of Reciprocity. The most commonly known version in North America is the Golden Rule of Christianity. It is often expressed as "Do onto others as you would wish them do onto you."

One result of this Ethic is the concept that every person shares certain inherent human rights, simply because of their membership in the human race. People are individually very different; they come in two main genders; different sizes, colors, and shapes; many races; three sexual orientations; and different degrees of ability. They follow many religious and economic systems, speak many languages, and follow many different cultures. But there is a growing consensus that all humans are equal in importance. All should enjoy basic human rights.  The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is one manifestation of this growing worldwide consensus. 1,2

“The greatest failure of organized religion is its historical inability to convince their followers that the Ethic of Reciprocity applies to all humans, not merely to fellow believers. Religions should stress that their membership use their Ethic of reciprocity when dealing with persons of other religions, the other gender, other races, other sexual orientations, etc. Only when this is accomplished will religiously-related oppression, mass murder and genocide cease.”


Some "Ethic of Reciprocity" (Golden Rule) passages from the religious texts of various religions and secular beliefs:

  • Bahá'í Faith: 
    • "Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not." "Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself." Baha'u'llah
    • "And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
  • Buddhism
    • "...a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?" Samyutta NIkaya v. 353 
    • Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." Udana-Varga 5:18
  • Christianity
    • "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12, King James Version.
    • "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Luke 6:31, King James Version.
    • "...and don't do what you hate...", Gospel of Thomas 6. The Gospel of Thomas is one of about 40 gospels that were widely accepted among early Christians, but which never made it into the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).
  • Ancient Egyptian:
    • "Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him thus to do." The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant, 109 - 110 Translated by R.B. Parkinson. The original dates to 1970 to 1640 BCE and may be the earliest version ever written.
  • Islam: "None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." Number 13 of Imam "Al-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths."
  • Judaism
    • "...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.", Leviticus 19:18
    • "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31a.
"And what you hate, do not do to any one." Tobit 4:15
  • Hinduism
    • This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5:1517
  • Zoroastrianism
    • "That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself". Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5
"Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others."  Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29
  • Native American Spirituality:
    • "Respect for all life is the foundation." The Great Law of Peace.
    • "All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One." Black Elk
"Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself." Pima proverb.
  • Wicca: "Do what ever you will, as long as it harms nobody, including yourself). One's will is to be carefully thought out in advance of action. This is called the Wiccan Rede
  • Yoruba: (Nigeria): "One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."
  • Roman Pagan Religion: "The law imprinted on the hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselves."
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