Words about the Unity of Religions
The purpose of the UNITHEUM is of fundamental importance,
so it can be understood from various other standpoints as well.
Thou yet, who grant life and being, Thou are the one,
who are obvious searched in diffenrent rites after each and every diffenrent manners,
and who are called by different names...,
and all people will recognize, that there is only one single religion in the variety of rites.
Nikolaus from Cusa (Kues/Mosel), Bishop of Brixen, 1464
We have not learned the most basic human lessons.
We have not remembered the most basic human truth.
We have not understood the most basic spiritual wisdom.
In short, we have not been listening to God,
and because we have not, we watch ourselves do ungodly things.
The message we hear from all sources of truth is clear:
We are all one.
That is a message the human race has largely ignored.
Forgetting this truth is the only cause of hatred and war.
Dalai Lama, September 21, 2001
Those who see the truth uncovered, abandon reason and logic,
good and bad, high and low, new and old;
differences and distinctions of names and forms fade away,
and the whole universe is realized as nothing other than Haqq (truth).
Truth in its realization is one; in its representation it is many,
since its revelations are made under varying conditions of time and space.
Hazrat Inayat Khan, 1925
Out of an error there will become no truth, even if one spread it as far as possible.
Out of a truth there will become no error, even if it is seen by nobody.
For me there is only one way to the knowledge of God:
Mahatma Gandhi, 1924
Spirituality expresses itself in the willingness to reverence towards the experience of God by other persons.
Among other things, it manifests itself in a certain intuition for the Sacred which encounters us in a strange shape.
Thus today even unfamiliar religions won't be the opponents any longer those we would have to resist.
They will rather ignite our awe of God's ways towards men so far strange to us.
We will live in a dialogue with all men have ever perceived of God, the world, and of themselves,
and nothing will be despicable to us or hateworthy.
And we will find and adopt our own faith and live in it gratefully and safely, without suspecting anyone of error or seduction.
Where truth will be searched mutually, we human beings will find more truth than we could find out from our own place.
Joerg Zink, in 'Dornen können Rosen tragen, Mystik – Zukunft des Christentums'
But reality shows that in absence
of a consensus of values
ethnical conflicts inflame.
Prof. Dr. Bassam Tibi in 'Islamische Zuwanderung -
Die gescheiterte Integration', 2002
I suppose it is not the most important thing
which faith a person possesses,
but that at least he/she possesses one.
Having become acquainted with more than one church, one learns to love one's own,
and at the same time feels that it is limited. ...
The truth can not be seized by one church, not even by all of them together.
Religious groups will not to be endured and be unsafe for others
until they are conscious of this fact and
only if they appreciate and accept their own finite nature.
Fulbert Steffensky, professor of religious pedagogy, Hamburg