To study the relationship between world peace and religions, we need to understand what religion is.
1. What is religion?
We define religion as follows:
“Religion is a philosophy or teaching developed from the belief that the spiritual nature of a person continues to exist after the death of the body and a reward or a punishment is accorded depending on his or her behavior; and through which philosophy or teaching, there are certain guidelines devised for people to follow. ”
2. A two-category system can be used to analyze myriad things:
Category one is ‘the transient aspects of matters including life’ ;
Category two is ‘aspects involving eternity’ .
3. Examples of the transient aspects of matters:
Examples of the transient aspects of matters things that include life, births and deaths of humans, animals and plants, and births and deaths of stars, planets and myriad things in the universe.
Examples of aspects involving eternity:
Examples of aspects involving eternity include the Christian Trinity of the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit, Allah the one and only God in Islam, and Heaven and Hell.
4. The search process：
Humans have yet to prove the existence of the unchanging condition with any scientific evidence; neither can we falsify it. We are only safe to say that we are in the process of searching for the unchanging Truth.
5. Marching toward peace：
When humans understand that we are sharing the same interest of searching for the Truth, we will no longer discriminate against each other. If that is the case, ideally it will be possible for the world to march toward peace.
Start exploring ideas for peace
In the process of researching on the inter-relationship among religions, chaos, and wars, we have challenged ourselves with difficult questions.
Attempting to interpret and analyze different religious teachings, we have ultimately arrived at the conclusion that it is indeed possible for different religions to peacefully co-exist. We now set out below some of those questions for which we have searched hard for their answers.
Points for Discussion
We ought to study intra-religious paradoxes by focusing on what religion is. (See Discussion 1 below)
The myriad things in the world can be put into two categories: 1) the transient aspects of matters; 2) aspects involving eternity. (See Discussion 2 below)
Examples of eternal condition. (See Discussion 3 below)
No one has proved the eternal condition, and everyone is in search of it. (See Discussion 4 below)
One shall not be judgmental but tolerant of other ways of searching for the Truth. When everyone understands that we have been together through thick and thin, there will be no need to distinguish religions anymore. (See Discussion 5 below)
Other messages for peace (See Discussion 6 below)