Of One God
I. Lauded and glorified art Thou, O Lord, my God! How can I make mention of Thee, assured as I am that no tongue, however deep its wisdom, can befittingly magnify Thy name, nor can the bird of the human heart, however great its longing, ever hope to ascend into the heaven of Thy majesty and knowledg
If I describe Thee, O my God, as Him Who is the All-Perceiving, I find myself compelled to admit that They Who are the highest Embodiments of perception have been created by virtue of Thy behest. And if I extol Thee as Him Who is the All-Wise, I, likewise, am forced to recognize that the Well Springs of wisdom have themselves been generated through the operation of Thy Will. And if I proclaim Thee as the Incomparable One, I soon discover that they Who are the inmost essence of oneness have been sent down by Thee and are but the evidences of Thine handiwork. And if I acclaim Thee as the Knower of all things, I must confess that they Who are the Quintessence of knowledge are but the creation and instruments of Thy Purpose...
Far, far from Thy glory be what mortal man can affirm of Thee, or attribute unto Thee, or the praise with which he can glorify Thee! Whatever duty Thou hast prescribed unto Thy servants of extolling to the utmost Thy majesty and glory is but a token of Thy grace unto them, that they may be enabled to ascend unto the station conferred upon their own inmost being, the station of the knowledge of their own selves. (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 4)
Do we heed the Word or follow the preachings of men?
O God: Your Name is extolled throughout the advent of Man in manydifferent forms and practices. The true single Message of God is emblazoned for all to see. One only needs to look. "Seek and ye shall find". ( Matthew 7:7 and Luke 11:9 )
Monotheistic worship of a one single God: is the 1st Commandment in many different Faith systems.
Jewish: " You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make yourself an idol...You shall not bow down to them or worship them," ( Exodus 20: 2-5)
Christianity: Jesus' 1st Commandment," Of all the commandments, which is the most important? 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." (Mark 12: 29-31)
Islam:"Heraclius said, 'What does he (Mohammad) order you to do?' I said, 'He tells us to worship Allah (God) and Allah alone and not to worship anything along with Him, and to renounce all that our ancestors had said. He orders us to pray, to speak the truth, to be chaste and to keep good relations with our Kith and kin.' (Hadith, Bukhari Vol 1)
Zoroastrianism: In the name of God. I praise and invoke the creator Ormazd, the radiant, glorious, omniscient, maker, lord of lords, king over all kings, watchful, creator of the universe, giver of daily bread, powerful, strong, eternal, forgiver, merciful, loving, mighty, wise, holy, and nourisher. May (his) just kingdom be imperishable. May the majesty and glory of Ormazd, the beneficent lord, increase. (Hither) may come the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun. Of all sins ... I repent. (The Zend-Avesta, Khorda Avesta - Book of Common Prayer)
Hindu: Hindus are often seen as worshipping and praying to many gods. But here, it is evident this is in error. The Bhagavad-Gita itself says only one God must be prayed too. Yet, God, through his mercy does hear prayer even though it is wrongfully done. "Nay, and of hearts which follow other gods, in simple faith, their prayers arise to me.O Kunti's Son! though they pray wrongfully. For I am the Receiver and the Lord Of every sacrifice, which these know not; Rightfully; so they fall to earth again! Who follow gods go to their gods; who vow their souls to Pitris go to Pitris; minds; To evil Bhuts given o'er sink to the Bhuts. And whoso loveth Me cometh toMe.Whoso shall offer Me in faith and love," (Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr))
From this it is seen the common theme of many Faiths is to worship God and God alone, not to follow or worship anything along with Him. That includes ancestral forms creeds and the like such as found in churches, synagogues and temples.
If we could only apply the "Golden Rule" to relations between religions, nations, races, cultures and beliefs while coming to terms with the essential oneness of God, humanity and our innate desire to grow in understanding, acceptance and love; as illustrated by the many ways Mankind has devised to give homage to the Beyond... Just think: Just perhaps, if we could but ingest within our heart the bread of life as found in all of the scriptures ascribed to holy faiths but traditionally seen as "ungodly" or "heathen" to each other... Might we be laying the cornerstone for the establishment of "God's Kingdom on Earth as it is in heaven"? (Matthew 6: 9-13)
For this I pray.