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2.1 Basic Concepts

The new approach proposed here is based on the following concepts:

  • There is only one Supreme God common to all religions, and there has been only one at all times
  • Each religion sees God in a different way, and knows Him under a different name. However God, the Supreme Being, is unique
  • Each religion sees Him differently because of their own environment, culture and experience
  • Some religions may be polytheist, but each of their gods is only one aspect of the Supreme God. In other words, in these religions, the Supreme God is the total of their many gods
  • God is responsible for all things, material and spiritual. He created all of them in his own time, and in His own way
  • God himself is immaterial, He cannot be seen, He does not live in a specific place but, on the contrary, God is everywhere, in every creature, and in every object of the material world
  • Some men, through direct experience, learning, and knowledge can have a better understanding of God than others
  • God has no direct contact with the material world. When he needs to communicate, he does it through a prophet who delivers his message to us, knowingly of not.

A new approach to religion must eliminate all the contradictions, limitations, and impositions that are part of the old religious systems, including the Old Mystery Schools as well as all the religions, old and new.

The main truths at the base of the new way of looking at religion could be the following but every man can choose others according to his personal experience and needs:

  • God created all men
  •  Faith alone, although it is necessary, is not enough to guarantee salvation. The probability to reach salvation is increased by knowledge, knowledge of one’s religion, knowledge of oneself or introspection, and hard personal work
  • Through learning and knowledge men acquire a broader and better knowledge of God, although in a limited way, This alone does not make them better, but it put them on the right way to salvation
  • There are different levels of probability of salvation, the lowest one being obtained by faith alone, and the highest one by faith, personnel knowledge, personal behaviour, and introspection
  • This new approach to religion is open to everybody independently of race, sex, religion, and church
  • People interested in the new approach to religion can either remain a member of their old church, or leave it and practise their beliefs on their own.

A few points should be clear:

  • This new approach to religions does not aim, in any way, to replace or suppress the existing religions; the opposite is true. This approach is open to the members of all religions, old and new, as well as to the members of the existing Mystery Schools if any still exists
  • In the same line, the clergy of the old religions should continue their activities; but this should be seen more like providing a service and help to the members in their search for knowledge and salvation. If only for this reason they should see themselves on the same level as the members of their church, perhaps more knowledgeable on religious matter, but this should not mean that they are superior to them

What is expected, although it is probably unrealistic to hope for, is:

  • The clergymen should live a normal life consistent with the customs of the land where they live. This means, among other things, that they should not be obliged to remain celibate. Moreover women must have the same right -and obligations- that men and all the levels of the clergy should be open to them without discrimination
  • Every church should make all the religious information in their possession -books, reports, oral traditions, etc.- available to everybody -including their members- who request it, without any restriction, or conditions. They should not prevent their members to search for the religious information they want anywhere it may exist.