The Council on Interfaithism - Religion The Dividing Line
2008 was declared the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. In a pluralistic Europe, dialogue across dividing lines, be they cultural, linguistic or religious. All over Europe issues related to identity are hotly debated, and often religion is at the centre of discussions. Europe and Europeans are constantly interacting with the rest of the world, communicating across cultural and religious divides and Religion is seen a obstacle to Global social cohesion.
To the Global community Interfaithism ranks right up there with climate change, poverty, migration, etc. The Berlin Declaration on Interreligious Dialogue declares that Religion permeates Europe: Christianity, Islam and Judaism are part of European history along with other religious traditions. Interfaithism brings all Religions into a common house of worship rather a Church, a Mosque or a Synagogue to ensure people of different faiths live peacefully together as one people.
United Religions Initiative
The United Nations, through the vision of UN official Robert Muller and the events surrounding its fiftieth anniversary, was the guiding force behind the creation of the URI. On the global level, besides working with the United Nations, the URI is partnering with various interfaith world organizations. At the Charter signing, it was admitted that global inter-religious organizations such as the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, are larger, have deeper linkages, and work within broader mandates.
In the spirit of global cooperation, the United Religions Initiative is striving to interface with these more& established inter-religious bodies. Already a CC has been created “to bridge the work of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions and the URI.” The “faith traditions,” supporters of the global interfaith agenda stood in a large circle, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Wiccans, New Agers, Muslims, followers of Judaism and Zoroastrianism, along with devotees of a multitude of religions joined together as native spiritualists invoked the “great spirit” and “cleansed” the circle with smoke from a smudge pot.
The Jump from Ecumenism to Interfaith
To understand where we are at today we need to go over a few of the major turning points in the last 50 years. In 1962 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Vatican II gives strength to a growing ecumenical movement and lays the groundwork for the acceptance of interfaith. Pope John XXIII resided over the Council's proceedings. According to M. Basil Pennington, a prominent Catholic priest, the Council urged:
"All Christians, to act positively to preserve and even promote all that is good in other religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and other world religions" (New World Religion Gary Kah). In 1986 Pope John Paul II held an Interfaith summit in Assisi, Italy that had leaders from the world's major religions and initiated by the Pope himself, would represent a visible transition from traditional "ecumenism" to the new "interfaithism."
In 1993, on the 100th Anniversary the Parliament of the World's Religions
convened in Chicago. 5,500 religious leaders of various religions and denominations attended. At the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1993, one of the main lectures was entitled 'A Proposal to Evolve the Parliament toward a United Nations of Religions'. In his keynote speech, former U.N. assistant secretary-general, Dr. Robert Muller called for the establishment of a permanent World Council of Religion by 1995, along the lines of the United Nations.
Many sensed this Parliament presented a global interfaith movement one step nearer to much closer collaboration. By the way, Muller was a follower of Teilhard De Chardin and wrote his book, “New Genesis-Shaping a Global Spirituality in 1984. The Chairman of the Parliament Dr. David Ramage, saw the next step as one of setting up centres of interfaithism in various key regions of the world and then networking relationships between them. From various sectors the concept of unity with all religions was being forged as the goal.
The Ecumenical, Interfaith Movement is at Work throughout the World Today
more than at any other time since Babel. Although these terms are often interchangeable ecumenism has been interpreted as an attempt to unify Christian churches. Inter-faith, is far broader, it goes beyond the borders of the Christian religion attempting to unify all of the world's religions. Interfaithism adheres to the postmodern philosophy that words do not have definitive meanings. That terms themselves have no true absolute meaning or bearing in our lives.
To postmodertists terms and words, at best, are abstract and nebulous concepts. To better explain this philosophy please lookup "Postmodernisms". It would suffice to say that postmodernism likes to deny absolute truths and to deconstruct words until they have either no meaning or a meaning not in adherence to a correct definition. It has long been understood that if you can control the terms or words you control the beliefs and ideas.
If you Control Ideas You Control the Way People Think
If you control the way people think you can control their actions. The bottom line is that Interfaithism is as old as pagan Baal worship, the god of the witches. The age of enlightenment and spirituality has taken on new words with old meanings such as Moloch, Astoreth, Bel, Diana, Thor, Anu, Enlil, Ea Tiamat, Nannar, Istar, Venus, Shamash and Adad to name a few.
To blend all faiths into one melting pot of beliefs where by nulifying the individual belief system in the process is paganism. In the end nothing has changed and we are standing on one side of the fence or the other with the dividing line being in the same place it has always been. One World Religion, Interfaithism, Newageism, Paganism they have always followed the same path, the enlightened dark path of Lucifer.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil
who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20
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