Holy Books or ‘Sacred Books’ are purported to be inspired by ‘outside influences’ with reference to divine sources.
Holy 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.
Holy 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 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 Holy Book is interpreted in various different ways, giving rise to different groups sometimes called religions, or sects… meaning a ‘section of (the whole)’.
The key to holy books is that their inspiration comes from an ‘outside source’ … something beyond human capacity and human reasoning. The idea being that their knowledge and wisdom is 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 holy books.
List of such 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)
- Mormonism: The Christian Bible, 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
- The Mass
- The Talmud, which includes Pirkei Avot
So how are we going to decide which is the ONE. if there is one, to plunge into for answers?
Identifying the Holy 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 1.60 m and 1.70 m you’re down to 10 people. And so forth: moustache, blond… teeth, DNA … until you’ve identified the ‘one and only’.
In other words, by elimination … you can reduce it to that unique person and then even verify your findings by all sorts of other tests-identifying signs.
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, of all the holy books, 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.
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