Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Abraham tells me who the chosen ones are...
Abraham was a man who was tested severely by God many times and is revered by the Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. I do have some queries on some aspects of the faith, though, so I approach him to clarify the same.
Dear Father Abraham. I have heard much of you and would be honoured if you could clarify some doubts for me.
Yes, of course. Go ahead.
You have been tested several times in your life.
What was it that made you never falter?
I always believed in a greater power and I would implore you to do the same.
It is said the Jews are a chosen people. What makes them the chosen ones
The Chosen People is a metaphor for the choices we make in our lives. All Jews are Jews-by-Choice in that every person must make a decision, at some point in their lives, whether or not they want to live Jewishly or as per correct principles.
All are God’s children. Still, human beings are more empowered and therefore, are more fortunate, if only they make right use of this power.
In this way Jews are called to be a “light to the nations” by doing good in the world through gemilut hasidim (acts of loving kindness) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).
Who are the messiahs?
There is no single messiah. They come at various times in various places of God and spirituality.
This is happening all the time.
Will this suffice to overcome the world’s suffering?
Ultimately, it will. However, the ending of all evil could take some time. Besides, the process of good and evil permeating the world is cyclic. Still, goodness alone will ultimately triumph.
The answers seems resonating perfectly with the the theory of Karma. Whether one believes in rebirth or a heaven and hell we would go to later, isn’t goodness alone that we would carry with us ? Isn’t that what all religions teach us?