The Way, the path leading to the divine, is common to the world religions. Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Baha'i scriptures refer to it.

According to the Dammapada, Buddha stated, "This indeed is the Way — there is no other — for the purification of one’s vision. Follow this Way… (but) making the effort is your affair." – verses 274-276.

According to Hindu scripture, Krishna said, "I am the Way and the Master who watches in silence. Thy Friend, and thy Shelter, and thy Abode of Peace. I am the beginning, and the middle, and the end of all things, their Seed of eternity, their Treasure supreme." — Bhagavad Gita 9:16-18.

Likewise the Hebrew Bible advises one to follow the “godly Way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.” — Jeremiah 6:16

Jesus, according to John 14:6, said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

Muhammad as recorded in the Quran stated, "This is the Way of thy Lord, leading straight: We have detailed the signs for those who receive admonition. For them will be a home of peace in the presence of their Lord. — Surih 6:126-127.

And Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i Faith, wrote, "I am the Sun of Wisdom... I cheer the faint and revive the dead. I am the guiding Light that illumineth the way." — The Tabernacle of Unity, page 9

Is it possible that the sacred texts are all speaking a common way — the path of loving kindness, of virtue, of following God through the guidance of His divine messenger?

Referring to these messengers, the Baha'i scriptures state, “Every one of them is the Way of God that connects this world with the realms above…. They are the Manifestations of God amidst men, the evidences of His Truth, and the signs of His glory." — Gleanings pages 49-50.

From this point of view, all the prophets proclaimed the same faith. The differences should, in part, be attributed to the various requirements of the age in which they appeared. Manmade doctrines, creeds, and interpretations have, however, compounded the differences. The divine path itself is fundamentally the same. It invites all to follow in peace.

Crenshaw is a member of the Baha'i Faith who lives in Eureka. Reach him at davcren@aol.com

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