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Question 13

[1572] Question 13: "Do the basic statements of all religions contain truths? Are some religions more and others less true, or can only a sole one be true, and all others would be false? Is there a difference between that what is called 'religion' and that what is called 'faith'?"

[1573] Answer: Alone L knows what is true, since ze is everything that exists and with that ze did not part. Who is only part of that what exists - like the creatures - is subject to the unreliability of the references of that what exists to that what exists, too. No human being can reliably judge which statement is true, but only specify probabilities with which ze accepts a statement as true. [1574] Ze can build up comprehensive systems of "secured" knowledge, to which ze ascribes truth. As long as man is interface between L and truth, is truth relative. Much more crucial than the truth of a statement is the convincibilty that the statement has for oneself. The process of emerging of religions and the importance they have for L make it likely that many of their basic statements contain truths, the more the closer they are to L. [1575] Since the latter is differently the case, it is likely that some religions are more and others less true. Through the development in our world, the truth content of religious statements is in jeopardy as time goes by. Therefore, religion is to move with the times. No religion can have the monopoly on truth for itself, since every truth is doubtable and equal, mutually exclusive statements can be made. [1576] Nevertheless, it is not excluded that only one religion is true. But since a true religion must do justice to the diversity, without endangering their truths, there is, strictly speaking, always more than one religion, or at least directions and trends. A true religion would have to integrate these usefully and will, if it is developed, not insist on its claim to exclusivity, but accept other positions. [1577] Nevertheless, there are statements in the religions that are probably false or must be it, since they contradict other ones. If single statements of a religion are false, it has nowhere near to be false on the whole. It is ultimately a question of valuation, which religion is assumed to be true or false. Religions are called upon to make the best of themselves and the relationship to each other. [1578] While religion comprises the intense relationship with L (with the goal to maintain zis creation, to serve zer and to develop totally to zer) and everything that emerges and emerged from it of relevance for L, faith comprises the doctrine of the faith and its representation in the believers. It is differentiated into collective and individual faith, which can vary widely. [1579] The question is extended by the posing of the question what makes a religion strong. A religion is only strong if it answers all essential questions of the creatures exhaustively, if it has many adherents and if it converts the world into a state that pleases L. It needs not to answer every question substantively, since the answer to a question may belong in the future. [1580] But it must be able to reason, under what conditions the question will be to be answered. If the conditions are already given, it should also answer the question comprehensively. It should sufficiently reason why it regards a question as not essential. Its success is ultimately reflected in its number of adherents. [1581] It shows its quality this way. For, religion is not there for an elite, but for L and all creatures. It tries continuously to improve its quality and thus the living conditions for all creatures. Since L is in the centre of development, the world develops in zis sense so that ze may take pleasure in it. The more is done for zer, the more ze will give back. [1582] Due to the proportions, the creatures benefit more from it than L does, but L would not have created them if this would not be according to zer. A religion that offers the best for the creatures what it can achieve can rightly be called strong. That it is also makes demands that are not easy to meet cannot be avoided, since nothing comes from nothing. But exactly this is needed to make life beautiful.

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