Any religious beliefs are fine with me so long, of course, as they’re not harmful. As Joseph Campbell said, paraphrasing, “We must understand that religious canons are metaphors.” He said something to that effect. After all, if there is only one true, correct belief, all other beliefs must be false. But as I say, I have no problem with any religion which is not harmful. (For example the worship of Kali by the Thugges)
Even atheism is fine. However, I want to tell you a story about that. The only problem I have is with those whom I’ve termed “evangelical atheists”. I knew a very talented, creative man for years who happened to be an atheist. In a group one time we were discussing life after death. I mentioned two instances concerning people whom I knew very well and who had near death experiences. You’ve all heard these stories, and these two people in the past had related their similar stories. My friend interrupted and gave some baseless argument to the effect that “They (whoever they are) have proven that these so called near death experiences are merely blah blah blah”. I have no respect for someone who would try to destroy another person’s faith and hope and replace it with despair.
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