Holy Books and Scrolls are Inspired Guides to Life
Learn about the foundations of religions throughout the world and how they came about and also understand how the actual Spirit of God communicates with humanity.
Holy Books and Scrolls are Inspired Guides to Life
Many ancient writings about Supreme Deities have been discovered or preserved throughout time; either as messages written on parchments of paper, on walls of caves, or even on certain types of leaves that maintain their texture overtime. Historians and archeologist often preserve and safeguard the artifacts in museums.
Writings and wall sketches were often transformed into books by the volume or condensed into sacred Holy Books or Bibles as a testament for certain religious beliefs by nations of people. Proverbs, words of wisdom, Commandments, and instructions on life are the most popular forms of ancient documents and Holy Books in the world.
Many cultures have their own interpretation of inspired words of gods they worshipped, including forms of worship and rituals that took place during certain time ages. Pictures, other ancient relics such as royal cups, tombs, pottery and many other artifacts represent the gods who wandered the earth among humanity. The prophets, or men of God, who testified to the existence of the Holy One would write and document the words of God and relay messages to the people of the land.
These words and forms of worship are considered religions of the world and each religion have preserved a Holy Book filled with inspired revelations of God, life, and forms of worship. Many contain stories told by the prophets that descend generation after generation to inspire the people of the land. Nevertheless, most of the Holy Books today are basically guides to life and inspirational encouragement.
One of the oldest concepts of human governance is the Maat, dating as far back as over 3500 BCE. The Maat is derived from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Maat is at the heart of understanding Egyptian civilization in its entirety, and the personification of these concepts as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities, who set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation. Her ideological counterpart was Isfet.
The foundation of Egyptian cultural identity, maat is the great creation of the thinkers of the Old Kingdom. It is she who ultimately offers an ideological setting to the Pharaonic State, both at the level of justification of its existence and in that of the rules which define good government. A reading of the Book of the Dead can be found at the following link: http://www.sacred-texts.com/egy/ebod/
The Torah is the Book of the Jewish faith and dates as far back as 3,313 BCE, which also contains a guide to life and worship of the Jewish people and lands. It has many stories of the nation and its people, kings, and prophets who spoke to the people the actual inspired words of God. The Torah never advances past the last book of the prophets and does not record the birth and life of Jesus, as the Holy Bible does. The Jewish people did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah spoken of by the prophets.
The Holy Quran is a testament recorded by the Islamic and Muslim peoples of the Middle East. It dates back to 610 A.D. when the prophet Muhammad, at the age of forty, received the first revelation from the angel Gabriel, who had given him the responsibility for inscribing these messages from God to give to mankind. It too, is a guidebook to life and contains ordinances of traditional worship of the god Allah.
The Holy Bible contains ancient books compiled from the many of the other Holy Books and is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testaments, (the Gospels of Jesus Christ), and represents the Christian faith. The New Testament begins at the birth of Jesus Christ at or around the first century C.E. However, the first recorded events of Jesus' life were documented by his disciples as far back as 51 A.D. by Paul the apostle and his letter to the Thessalonians.
Buddhism originated in Ancient India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, from where it spread through much of Asia, whereafter it declined in India during the Middle Ages. Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada (Pali: "The School of the Elders") and Mahayana (Sanskrit: "The Great Vehicle"). The P?li Tipitaka (Sanskrit: Tripi?aka, three pitakas), which means "three baskets", refers to the Vinaya Pitaka, the Sutta Pitaka, and the Abhidhamma Pitaka. These constitute the oldest known written canonical works of Buddhism.
These Holy Books, however, are all basic guides to life and instructions in the order of worship. Though they refer to God by different names and maybe even refer to different gods, they are all inspired by what the writers deem as instruction from the one and only God, the creator of humankind and of the earth and heavens. Holy Books are as old as humanity and have been preserved throughout time so people can perceive this thing we call life.
In each of the Holy Books, a few very basic concepts are passed down to humanity, such as what is right and what is wrong in the practice of human behavior. Below are some of those similarities:
Murder, lying, thievery, mistreatment of others such as neighbors, refraining from social disorder, and many other Commandments of God meant for human behavior and which have been passed down as laws of the land, every land. So in theory, the Holy Books are not all that different except in terms of worship and the order in which they are practiced, and to which god is referenced.
To discount any of these Holy Books as man-made theories, fables and myths would be illogical seeing they have been preserved throughout time unto this day by different cultures and people from different lands and different time ages. Many people would rather not believe in any god and therefore must conclude that any and all of the Holy Books are nonsense. Nevertheless, billions of people were born into the religions of their lands and cannot escape what they have been taught all their lives. Others, however, search for a religion that fits their worldview and that seems most logical to them.
However one decides to confront or communicate with God, they must recognize the laws and statues of that God and live accordingly. Without these laws of human nature, humanity would be a wasteland of chaos and confusion. God, in his ultimate wisdom, made a way to communicate with all the people of the world through their own language and traditions. No man truly knows how God has ordained the nations and peoples of the world, but we do know that he has left his laws for us to follow.
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