Years ago when I was investigating religion and its impacts, a Roman Catholic priest displayed his strong anger when I asked him whether his god was not an anthropomorphic god. I was referring not to form but to attributes. My enquiry was triggered by his description of the nature of God.
More recently, a man who had been involved with his church referred, in a broad discussion, to ‘the Christian god.’ When he agreed with me that there is only a single universal creator god, I asked how this universal and sole god had become a Christian god. His reply was that the gods of other religions were ‘pantheistic.’ Really?
To my great regret, only Christians in recent centuries have tried to compare and contrast the gods of the major religions. In Malaya (my birthplace), except recently, the various religions were practiced in non-competitive harmony. Indonesia’s principle of Panchasila is also indicative of mutual tolerance. After all, religion is, and should be, a private or personal matter. There is no purpose in flaunting any particular faith, for it is all a matter of belief (neither provable not disprovable), whether or not revelation had a role in the formation of certain faiths. How could any religion claim to be superior?
In my view, perhaps from past-life experiences, all the major religions are equal in their potential. Indeed, divested of any dogma directed to discriminate against faiths seen (erroneously) as competitive, the core teachings of the major faiths are the same: there is a creator god for all that exists; and, as co-created, we humans are bonded to one another, and are thereby implicitly responsible for one another. (Refer my ebook ‘Hidden Footprints of Unity’ at $US 2.99 from Amazon Kindle.) Devoid of dogma, we would not be claiming exclusivity or superiority of faith; and there would be no ‘chosen people.’
Were we also to view the Creator as one who had simply set in train necessary features or attributes as underpinning, including the ability to evolve, with unavoidable and continuous change as a given, that which surfaces from to time, and subject to further change, would be what is. Any built-in fault cannot then be attributed by us to our Creator or to His/Her foundation ‘machinery.’
We would thus have to live with our faults while we pull up our bootstraps or upgrade ourselves morally, O.K?