What if we started asking questions…

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What if we shifted the framework away from:

This Religion versus That Religion
This Belief System versus That Belief System
This God versus that God
This Creed versus That Creed
This Jesus versus That Buddha versus This Mohammad versus That Abraham, versus… etc…

What if we stopped asking questions like:

What is your religion?
What are you beliefs?
What is your doctrine?
Where do you go to church?

What if we started asking questions more like:

Are you free from suffering?
Do you know the unchanging, underlying and fundamental essence and nature of yourself, and all things?
Do you know the path to lasting happiness?
Have you buried the false notion of separation?
Do you see God in all things and all people?
Are you participating in the liberation of all beings?
Are you an instrument of compassion, wisdom, and love?
Are you being present in the moment?
Are you living life skilfully?
Do you know the peace beyond all comprehension?

Latest Comments

  1. kath says:

    Im confused , i agree with most of what you are saying but i just dont understand if you are saying that you can follow any belief and its ok? Jesus has helped me in so many ways, i looked everywhere for the truth and only found it in Jesus. As i say I’m confused.

    • Ben Moushon says:

      I’d agree that initially it would look like the questions are more universalist, but what I think Jim’s getting at is starting our conversations about Jesus with something more personal and less direct than “do you go to church”. Starting conversations with people by immediately jumping into what they do or don’t believe immediately sets up walls and expectations. Everyone wants to know how to live life better, and that opens the door to knowing Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life.

  2. Susan P says:

    Those are good questions there at the end. I grew up in fundamentalism, and we had a language all our own that no one else understood and we never learned to articulate our caring and our faith. Thank you for this.

  3. Mar says:

    I would love to hear the answers to “do you know the path to lasting happiness?”

    • Puddleglum says:

      Unfortunately, the people who say they have it typically can’t explain it. I wonder if this is what Jim means when he says: [u]one of the problems we have is trying to understand it with our mind[/u].

      Ultimately we end up with unsatisfying answers like: [i]the path IS the journey, or it’s not the destination but the path you seek[/i]. OK, so we are not to try to understand it but experience it. That is what I’ve been trying to do for decades and I haven’t gotten anywhere. It seams that you either have it or you don’t but no one else can give it to you. 😦

  4. WatchmanX says:

    The distinction between the two sets of questions seems clear to me…

    The first set of questions focus on religious areas of contention.

    The second set are the type questions we would ask someone we care for… have love for.

    What would Jesus ask? 🙂

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