It was later in the evening, and I was in Santa Monica. In Santa Monica there is a street that is closed off so that tourists etc.. can roam. On each side there was the standard fare stores but what made this street particularly interesting is that spaced, almost evenly, down the street were street preachers from different religions. There was a Jew, a Protestant Christian, and a Muslim. I was listening to one of them speak as I ate a hot dog. As soon as I heard the preacher turn to the common rhetoric of damnation I turned to start walking back towards my hotel.
A shorter woman came up to me, dressed in some what casual clothing, and handed me a card. The card had all kinds of questions on it like why do bad bad things happen to good people? and is there a God? after briefing over them she looked at me and said which of these questions interest you? I replied, “all of them.” Though what I meant was interest in them as a means of inquiry, but not in the answers. As I started engaging her, she asked me if I would come with her to talk in a building nearby.
I have to say that I was completely aware of how bad of an idea this was but being in my early 20s, and also sensing no malicious intent from her, I said yes. She lead me to a building and we went inside. We took an elevator up several floors and emerged in what felt like a very small winding hallway and she lead me to a small room. At this point I was some what more nervous but it felt as if my actions were like a train wreck and I couldn’t stop myself. The small office had several different rooms and was well up kept.
She told me they had a video set, and I needed to watch the first which was 5 or so minutes and then they would discuss it. So against my better judgement, I watched it. The essence of the video was that they were trying to teach a modified Christianity that was reconciled with other religions. Some of the core philosophical beliefs they were teaching, regarding good and evil, I unequivocally disagreed with.
I talked with the young lady after and she informed that they needed to talk because everyone has different perceptions of reality but she was fully convicted in this new belief herself, I could tell. I asked her what she did or went to school for and she told me she was a biochemist but was now doing this for a living. When she saw that I was not turning over she told me that if I would watch all the other videos, I would get a better understanding. I thanked her and told her I needed to get up early and I left as quickly as possible.
People want to believe in something and if what they want to believe in doesn’t exist, they can create it. Creating a new belief is not necessarily a bad thing if it inspires people into The Flow. However, we need to be careful of beliefs that are just modified versions of things that already exist in order to get unification of things that were never designed to be unified. Religions are incompatible with each other despite what some idealists might believe or say.