APRIL 13, 2010 3:46PM

I'm curious - Abrahamic vs NON-Abrhamic religions/cultures

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Looking for discussion...

What little I know of Hinduism, Buddhism, Puget Sound and environ native American religions/cultures and the Abrahamic religions/cultures, I wonder...

Comments, info and discussion welcome, please!

It seems the non-Abrahamic (nA) religions/cultures are much more in tune with the natural, non-man-made world.

The Abrahamic (A) religions/cultures, (in age order), Judaism, Christianity, Islam, seem to separate/isolate themselves from the "natural" world.

Whereas they all to some extent allow violence and class discrimination, there seems to be much more of an emphasis on hierarchy in A. God, then, man (liberals include woman) - and don't ever compare us with "animals".

With the emphasis on hierarchy comes control over... master/servant (slave), superior, obey, etc. It seems every tool comes to be used to allow fewer people to tighten control over ever more... people and nature... religion, governance, weapons, economy, computers/cell phones/technology (who really controls what's on your computer? what's your computer so busy doing?)...

In the Puget Sound region, spirits morph between "animal" and people.

Through the ages, people have always warred against each other, but was religion/race THE reason?

Are/were the nA really more tolerant toward other religion/philosophies/cultures?

I wonder about the concepts of good/evil and reward/punishment coming to fruition in the A religions...

From my understanding, in Buddhism there is no good or bad, everything just is... I commented on good and evil in an earlier post.

In his book, Return to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice, Rupert Ross

...deals with criminal prosecutions in more than twenty Ojibway and Cree First Nation communities. ...

...He begins by presenting the differences in perception of what wrongdoing is. In the “non-Indian community, committing a crime seems to mean that the individual is a bad person and therefore must be punished.... The Indian communities view a wrongdoing as a misbehaviour which requires teaching or an illness which requires healing.” (emphasis added) ...

see book review: http://www.uregina.ca/tdc/BOOK%20REVIEW.htm

In A communities, being "right" is stressed. How often is being "righteous", along with God on "our"side - and of course nation/national security (whatever that is) - the reason for war?

In A, there seems to be a need to be right. I'll never forget my landlord telling me, in Utah, The Church of Later Day Saints - Morman, is THE ONE True religion...

I'm sure everyone in A feels theirs is The One True religion???

In nA, I wonder, if that thought would ever even come up?

In all A, their is ONE God, and "we" have him (not her or it).

I look forward to your ideas and knowledge.

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In A, there is a need to create categories like A and nA :)

I try to avoid black and white ideas about the word's religions, as we find common threads in all of them, whether A or nA -- for example, the concept of compassion. I also try to separate the faiths from the (man-made) religious institutions that are more likely the source of the conflicts you cite. Spirituality is another matter.

As in the yin-yang symbol, there are opposites that complement and complete each other, and there is some of one in the other. There are famous exceptions among the A list, including St. Francis of Assisi, who practiced union and solidarity with humans, the animals, and the whole of creation.

Good question. Rated.