Sacred Books or ‘Holy Books’ are purported to be inspired by ‘outside influences’ with reference to divine sources.
Sacred Books are where we turn to pursue a study of Theology (the words relating to god or God). If you have happened onto this post I suggest you read the short theology post first … to see why we’re even broaching this subject.
(Origin of the Universe chapter 2.1)
Sacred Books are historic writings generally penned by men or women to whom their content was revealed. Often the origin of the writings is worshipped as god or God. These writings represent the foundation of knowledge, wisdom and revelation from this divine source regarding the past, present and future. They prone and teach a way of thought and actions and are often the basis for a society of followers applying principles to organize their daily lives individually and collectively.
Often times a single such Sacred Book is interpreted in various different ways giving rise to different groups sometimes called religions, or sects–meaning a ‘section of (the whole)’. The term ‘sect’ can have a negative and even hostile connotation.
The key to sacred books is that their inspiration comes from an ‘outside source’–something beyond human capacity and human reason. The idea being that, whatever the source, their knowledge and wisdom are SUPERIOR to that of man. Hence, these sacred writings contain information that is more useful to mankind than what mankind itself can develop, investigate or imagine.
As we know, there is much controversy not only with regard to these books but also their ‘authors.’ Who and what are these ‘higher powers.’ There are dozens of these purported sacred books.
Non-exhaustive list of sacred books with their respective followers
- Apocrypha: Gospel of Thomas
- Ayyavazhi: The Akilattirattu Ammanai and Arul Nool
- Buddhism: The Tripiṭaka and the Dhammapada
- Christianity: The Christian Bible especially the New Testament and the Gospels, Sacred Tradition
- Confucianism: The Analects of Confucius, also the I Ching
- Epicureanism, Principal Doctrines
- Hinduism: Shruti (Vedas, including the Rigveda; also Aranyakas, Brahmanas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Mahābhārata, Ramayana); Panchatantra
- Islam: The Qur’an, also Hadith and the Sunnah
- Judaism: The Hebrew Bible (Tanakh = Torah, Nevi’im, and Ketuvim), the Talmud, which includes Pirkei Avot
- Mormonism: Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants
- Satanism: The Satanic Bible
- Sikhism: The Guru Granth Sahib and the Dasam Granth Sahib
- Taoism: The Dao de jing, also Chuang Tzu, and the I Ching
So how are we going to decide which is the ONE–if there is one–to plunge into for answers?
I originally thought I’d do a ‘comparative’ revealing what various sacred books said about the same subject like: soul, death, war, salvation, heaven …’ I ended up deciding against this because it would be my interpretation of what these books revealed about these subjects. Another aspect is that there are so many conflicting approaches to the same texts that it’s impossible to be impartial. I’m not an expert on religions and certainly not on comparative religion. If this approach interests you, you can dive into some major concepts from this base.
Identifying the Sacred Book
Well, if you had a group of 100 people, how would you identify which one is the person you’re looking for?
You’d be looking for evidence, proof, you’d be looking for identifying signs. For instance if you know the person you’re looking for is male you’re down to 50 people, has brown eyes … then you’ve eliminated another 20 people. If the person is between 1.60m and 1.70m you’re down to 10 people. And so forth: moustache, blond, teeth, DNA–until you’ve identified the ‘one and only’.
In other words, knowing identifying signs and using elimination–you can reduce the group of people to that unique person and then even verify your findings by all sorts of other tests and identifying signs.By knowing identifying signs and using elimination, you can reduce the group of people to that… Click To Tweet
To get right to the point. That’s the basic reason I wrote Inventory of the Universe and Audit of the Universe–because they contain the identifying signs. Every single question asked in those books that is a ‘why’ question needs an answer … and the sacred book that answers ALL of those ‘why’ questions with COHERENT WORDS in a SYSTEMATIC WAY is the ONE that we want to use.
We can actually kill two birds with one stone, (not sure that’s an appropriate analogy). Firstly we will receive understanding as to what’s happening here on Earth probably with instructions as to how we can have more peace and prosperity. Secondly, if a book can provide us with such information it will tell us something about the nature of the author. After all, if you read a ‘how to’ book and it helps you do what it sets out to do, not only will you have a solution to your problem but you’ll have a great respect for the author of this valuable information.
A group of ‘sacred books’ can be reduced to ‘the sacred book’ by elimination:
- You must know what ‘evidence’ you’re looking for. As one sage once wrote: Teach me that which I see not.
We must know what evidence we’re looking for. It’s not one proof or even 7 proofs (the sensational heading of a booklet I sent off for many years ago) that represent ‘evidence.’ It is not even a majority or a mass of information that is convincing. Look at religions today. Each of them has masses of information, each is convinced their mass is the right mass–and the end result is confusion.One of the reasons for this turmoil is the search for ‘facts‘–irrefutable truths that can be physically touched, demonstrated and witnessed. Various phenomena fit into this category: paranormal experiences like anything that can be considered to be a ‘miracle’: visions, apparitions, after-death experiences, talking in tongues. I could lump in ghosts, flying objects, psychic powers…All such phenomena are considered by some–maybe many–to be ‘spiritual’ and hence godly or Godly or at least pointing to something ‘larger than humankind.’
And indeed, this could very well be the case, I’m not denying any of these phenomena.However–and this is the key–does any one or even the totality of these phenomena ‘prove truth?’ Display evidence and give answers to fundamental questions?
I believe not.
They are individual, independent, isolated, unrelated events that reveal ‘special and spectacular circumstances,’ but they don’t leave us with anything concrete.These phenomena don’t guide us in eliminating the unessential and finding the essential.
- The 21st century is marked by a lot of ‘mystery’–in films, literature, TV and real-life. Those involved in probing and investigating such mysteries are continually searching for the ‘motivation’ of people. Why did such and such do this? Act this way? What were they thinking? What’s behind such behavior? If and when a confession takes place inevitably that motivation is stated: I did it because …This is the ‘why.’This is the ultimate ‘evidence.’ This represents the invisible facts. This is the real motivation behind the visible evidence.
- The questions we’re going to ask and that seek answers are ‘WHY QUESTIONS.’ They are interrogations that don’t have physical proof to offer. For instance, ask the ‘why question’ of all the above phenomena:
- Why paranormal experiences?
- Why miracles?
- Why visions?
- Why apparitions?
- Why after-death experiences?
- Why talking in tongues?
- Why ghosts, flying objects, psychic powers?
It is much, much more difficult to answer the ‘why questions’, correct? Yes!
Can the sacred books answer these questions?
Can the sacred books answer ALL the why questions about the universe, Earth, life, death, past, present, future?
Is there even ONE sacred book that gives us answers to such fundamental–but very difficult to answer–motivations?
To begin the process of elimination and find the one sacred book–if there is one–we first have to ask the right questions: The why questions. Don’t miss the upcoming blog posts that will point us in the right direction.
This blog post is an excerpt from chapter 2.1 of Origin of the Universe.
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