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Comparing the Bible to other religions
As we have already mentioned in our last post, now that we have written how the Bible describes creation and the creation of man, let us compare the Bible to the Indus religions for a start, which is again one of the larger religions of the world.
Now, to talk about religions is hard indeed, since we usually have to repeat the same things again and again just to create that atmosphere of belief, to read and understand a religious book might be okay, if allowance is made to fill the voids that have purposely been made as they always leave doubts within your mind, but when it comes to tell the public and you have to repeat what you have learned, then the trouble starts, because the best thing is to read the book to them. However most times this cannot be done and in this case because we are writing would be a copyright infringement if we write everything down the way that has been written in the book.
In order to overcome that we have to find a way that keeps the information as close as possible to the text we have learned, but at the same time allows us to say the same thing in a different way; for example; We would like to write and inform the readers about the Laws of Manu, which is one of the main sacred Indus books and perhaps the best book to explain creation and the creation of the castes according to the Indus religions.
Now, because we cannot read from the book since we are writing and not talking, first of all, we would like to find somebody that knows a bit about Hinduism and The Laws of Manu, perhaps an Indian who knows about religions. Now hoping the he does not mind to help us, we will ask him about what his religion says about creation and the creation of man, which in this case will be the castes, since in India there are castes and how these castes came about. We would like to know about the castes because here we are writing about the creation of man.
Let me say this, we are going to ask this Indian about religions and see what he has to say, at the same time we will be reading and checking with The Laws of Manu book just to make sure that we don’t end up saying something that doesn’t make sense, because we want to stay with the main stream of the Indus religions and in particular with the Laws of Manu, since we believe that it is the best religious book to follow.
Now let us see how the Indus religions start, according to the Laws of Manu sacred book:
Briefly speaking the great sages asked the great Manu about the creation and the creation of the castes, and Manu answered them accordingly.
Here we are not able to continue until we talk to our Indian friend Butta as soon as we are able to, because as we have said we would like to know also from real people what they think about their own religion.
The Laws of Manu creation
In this article we are going to talk about the Laws of Manu, but to do that we are going to talk to some Indian people about their religion, we know some Indian people and therefore we are going to talk to them and see what they say about their religion. In our case we already know that in India there are many sorts of religions, and we know also that as soon as anyone asks an Indian about their religions, they are going to say that it is not easy to talk about just a religion, because there are too many divisions in their religions. Having this in mind, we are going to ask our friends, how their religious leaders explain creation, because we believe that the creation of the world and creation of man would be mostly the same in all Indus religions.
Finally we have been able to talk to our Indian friend Butta and a few other Indian people and we told them that the other day we were talking with some of our friends about the world creation and the creation of mankind; of course we were talking about our own Christian religions and our beliefs of how everything started. Now just out of curiosity and perhaps to compare two different religions, we would like to know how the Indian religions describe creation and the creation of mankind, it took us a while to convince our friend to talk, but in the end he said:
Look, I don’t know a lot about religions because I am not a Brahman, but I can tell you a few things that I have learned during my life. It seems to me that what you want to know is too much from me to explain, so I would suggest that you read The Laws of Manu, where these things are explained, however I am telling you what I can.
You see in the Laws of Manu there are these sages that ask the divine Manu these same questions that you are asking me, so if you want to know exactly how everything was created and everything else read this book. Now just to give you an idea how the world started it goes like this:
This universe existed in the shape of darkness, wholly immersed, as it were, in a deep sleep. And then the divine Self existent Svayambhu, appeared with creative powers dispelling the darkness.
Desiring to produce many kind of beings from his body, he created the waters and placed his seed in them, his seed became a golden egg and from the egg was born Brahman, the progenitor of the world. Brahman being the progenitor of the world created everything else, this is how the world started, and now let us sees how the four castes or mankind started.
Mankind was started from Brahman, and it is said that in order to protect the universe, the most resplendent one assigned separate occupations to those that sprang from his mouth, arms, thighs, and feet.
The Brahmans who sprang from his mouth he assigned teaching and studying the Veda, they are like the priests or the house of Levi in the Bible, if one wants to compare them to the western religions. Now, because the Brahmans sprang from Brahman’s and possesses the Veda, he is by right the lord of all creation.
The Kshatriya he commanded to protect the people, to study the Veda and other duties.
The Vaisya to tend cattle, to offer sacrifices, to study the Veda and other duties
The occupation of the Sudra is to serve meekly the other three castes.
If you want to read more about The Laws of Manu,
here is the link; The Laws of Manu
Now let us talk briefly the pagan religions, that were the main religions in the western world before Christianity, this religion had many gods and goddesses and many other things and beliefs. Anyhow here is a hub link to check it out, it is good to know, just click on this link,
What we have written above are the three main religions of the world, and it is worth to compare them in order to learn about ourselves. It is necessary to learn all this since today we have also to take into consideration evolution, and other religions that explain their own ways about the creation and the creation of mankind. So we should wonder which one of these theories is the closest to the truth.
Anyhow we would like to add more articles about creation later on if we can, but for the time being we are happy to say that these three religions cover most about creation, the only other thing we can say is that there is no real creation in the ancient religions. So these religions say very little about creation, and when they say anything is very vague; In Greek and Roman mythology it seems that creation started with Mother Earth and the sky, somehow the god Eros was born from them and he started to stir thing up and most things were created from this chaos that Eros created and many other strange things, of course some of this information is also in the link above, (hub me/agotl).
Of course we may believe that if we mix all religions and what is believed about creation in religions, we might come to believe that perhaps evolution has the upper hand, but this is not to say that God and other spiritual being have not played a part in creating every living thing, because we believe they have, as we are going to mention this in our religious theory of Reconciliation of the universe, in this third part of our religious writings.
In this very complex world of religions and religious beliefs, one may wish that there is a supernatural power to help him, and thus I say; May God guide and help me to say the right things in these religious writings.
See you in our next post where we will start, Reconciliation part three
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