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How to choose a religion intelligently

February 12, 2012

Choosing religion intelligently (A PDF file)

How to choose a religion intelligently

Steve Brown

March 2012

Background

•       Just as we choose everything – like car, job, home, life partner, business partner, political party, politicians, etc. – intelligently, we can choose our religion very intelligently

•       There is no good reason why not do so

•       This presentation shows how to do it

Method of judging

•        Choose some very important universal factors

             –   The body of chosen factors is called criteria

•        Evaluate each religion for each factor of the criteria without bias or prejudice

•        Score each religion for each factor

•        Sum the score. There you will see – in black, white or gray – which religion is better or not better than other religion

 

Criteria: Peace and Freedom for all

•       Why this criteria?

–   All want peace

        — No one can feel happy without having peace (Gita)

–   All want maximum freedom possible (God/love gives freedom)

        — Freedom for pursuit of happiness (without taking away others’ freedom)

       — Freedom of thought, speech, movement, assembly, action, and rejecting (saying no)

Comparison table: Criteria factors list
with answers for Vedic dharma

  1. Does the religion give more freedom of thought, speech and action than other religion? Yes

  2. Is the religion tolerant of all the tolerant religions? Yes

         Tolerating the intolerant is encouraging intolerance

  3. Does its practice not take-away, curtail, and limit the freedom, lives, lands, or property, pursuit for happiness, or dignity and honor of the followers of other tolerant religions? Yes, it does not take away…

  4. Is its practice eco friendly and harmonious with nature? Yes

  5. Does it discourage animal killing for fun? Yes

  6. Does its practice make one compassionate to other living beings? Yes

  7. Do people accept it by free choice without any force, pressure or enticement for conversion? Yes

  8. Do its followers or preachers preach only to those who have friendly and non-envious interest to know it? Yes

  9. Is it more scientific or logical than another religion? Yes

  10. Does it not-say to followers, “Kill those who quit this religion?” Yes, it does not say so.

  11. Does it not-say, “Women cannot go to heaven or place of prayer or religious activity?” Yes, it does not say so.

  12. Is its place of prayer or religious activity open to all human? Yes

  13. Does it not-say one race or sex is superior to another? Yes, it does not say so

  14. Does it discourage (consider sin) slaving, sex out of marriage, gambling, and intoxication? Yes

  15. Could the religious lives of the followers continue even if all history became inaccessible or falsified? Yes

  16. If all the history becomes inaccessible or falsified, does the religion provide processes of attaining salvation, kingdom of God, haven, or spiritual advancement? Yes

What more universal factors could you add?

The Process

•       Do your own unbiased research

           –   Make a team of two or more for each religion

•       Find facts from authoritative sources

           –   Gurus, staunch followers, and the Books of religions

•       Populate the table

•       Count the number of “yes” answers for each religion

•       Higher score means better religion

•       Share your finding on this blog and elsewhere

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