Be One

The Great Intercessory Prayer
John 17: 20-24

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.


Looking for areas Mormons have in common with other religions.

"...the essential truth that is contained within all religions, namely the purity and oneness of God."

I read this article, of all places, in the Huffington Post.  With respect to people of other faiths, I really like how the author summed up his experience.  

A Letter to My Grandson, Alexander, About Religion

Lock Rush
Psychotherapist, marriage counselor

Alexander, I was born into a Christian family and went to Sunday School and Church. Later in life, I became interested in Buddhism and entered a monastery in Japan to study for a year to learn how to meditate in the Buddhist tradition. After that I became interested in Islam, read the Quran and studied the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad. At this time I was very fortunate to meet a true sage who was Bawa.
Bawa, himself, had practiced all the religions and had come to a deep understanding of them. As a Sufi, he had that special gift of finding and revealing the essential truth that is contained within all religions, namely the purity and oneness of God. Thus, whenever he spoke, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Christians would sit together for hours listening to his wisdom.
This is what Bawa asked us to do to live a meaningful life:
  • Have faith in God.
  • Respect your parents and help them.
  • Respect your teachers and treat them as your second parents.
  • Change your life by having good thoughts, good intentions and good behavior.
  • Always tell the truth and what is right.
  • Show compassion, love and unity equally to all.
  • Do not hurt others with your thoughts or your actions. The pain you cause another will come back to you.
  • If you do not hate others, they will not hate you.
  • God exists in any heart where there is truth, conscience and justice.
  • So light the lamp of wisdom in your heart. Then, you will find heaven here in this world.


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