Since the five religions all came from the same Truth, of course they are all the same. However, if one has to compare according to the standards of the commons, the Dharma of Buddhism is the most sublime. The reason is that from the ancient days up to now, Heaven and Earth has been supervised by Buddhas.
In-jie Ching* states:
“when the Heaven and Earth
was first created,
God ordained ten Buddhas
to rule the Heaven and Earth.”
Continue reading “30. Among the five religions that came from the same Truth, which one is the most sublime? Should a practitioner of Tao emphasize any particular religion?”
The purpose of religion is to teach people:
- the Truth of God,
- to redeem their souls,
- to move the evil so they repent, and
- to correct wicked into good.
All five great religions
(Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism,
Christianity, and Islam)
are derived from the Truth.
Continue reading “29. What is the explanation for the statement “The five great religions are One?””
The True Self is the origin of mankind. Thoughts and behaviors give rise to civilizations. Civilizations are the roots of religions.
The purpose of religions
is to teach mankind
the way to return to his origin.
Since humans had become so corrupt, God descended the Saints of the five great religions to different parts of the world to preach the Truth. However, the five great religions emphasize on different aspects of the Truth. For example, Continue reading “Introduction X: The Unification of the Five Great Religions”
In ancient times, the rule set by God is if one child attains Tao, nine generations of ancestors can transcend from the Underworld and the cycle of birth and death.
Initially, when Tien-Tao was made available to everyone, God would only permit Tien-Tao to be transmitted to the living, not the deceased.
Subsequently, San-guan Da-di (Deity Emperor of Heaven, Deity Emperor of Earth, and Deity Emperor of Water) and Di-zang Buddha (Ksitigarbha Buddha) begged for mercy, and God granted their request. After then both the living and the deceased can receive Tien-Tao. Continue reading “26. How is Tien-Tao transmitted to the souls of the deceased ancestors? (& Q27 to Q28)”
Tien-Tao brings salvation to the Three Worlds:
- souls of the deceased in the Underworld, and
- deities in the spiritual world.
This special mission of Tien-Tao is very difficult to comprehend. Bringing salvation to mankind is similar to the goals of other religions.
Due to the change of spiritual forces in the cosmos, the Enlightened Teacher with Tien-Ming 1 is descended and the door to Tien-Tao is wide open; therefore anyone may have the opportunity to obtain Tien-Tao if he wishes Continue reading “Introduction IX: Bringing Salvation to the Three Worlds (& Q23 to Q25)”