Author(s): Myrtle S. Langley
When, as tiny babies, we first enter this world, we have no experience, we know no words; our minds are not filled with thoughts and ideas. We simply exist, aware only of our immediate surroundings and secure in the love of our parents. As we grow older we become aware of ourselves and of our wider surroundings; we learn to communicate through speech as well as with the other senses. Our minds and spirits are opened up to thoughts and ideas, experience and reflection. Questions are asked. Answers are sought. Who am I? Why is the world as it is? Why do people die? Why isn't everybody happy? What is God like? Does God really exist? The world's religions and their founders have asked these questions and given their own very different and yet at the same time very similar answers. "Know yourself". "Know God". These two precepts sum up the religious search and at the same time help us to find again the peace and happiness we knew as children.
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