Unifying Truths of the World's Religions: Practical Principles for Living and Loving in Peace

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An exquisite collection of truth from the world's great spiritual traditions-and an indispensable guide to living a more fulfilling life. This groundbreaking and exhaustively researched book convincingly demonstrates that it's the principles that every major faith holds in common-the unifying truths-that have the power and promise to bring us together instead of driving us apart.

With over 800 quotations from sacred texts organized in an easy-to-understand way, Unifying Truths ...

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Overview

An exquisite collection of truth from the world's great spiritual traditions-and an indispensable guide to living a more fulfilling life. This groundbreaking and exhaustively researched book convincingly demonstrates that it's the principles that every major faith holds in common-the unifying truths-that have the power and promise to bring us together instead of driving us apart.

With over 800 quotations from sacred texts organized in an easy-to-understand way, Unifying Truths of the World's Religions reveals the simple but powerful philosophy that takes shape from the world's universal truths. Regardless of your faith or world view, this inspiring book will empower you to enjoy-and share-a life of greater meaning, joy, and inner peace.

Winner of the National Indie Excellence Book Award, USA Book News National Best Book Award, New England Book Festival, Nautilus Silver Award, and ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award finalist.

"With so much debate raging on about religion today, it's hard to remember the key values. . . . Looks to cut through the nonsense of divisions of the world religions and tries to outline the truth by focusing on what values religions have in common. A fine dive into the world of God that much of the world could do well remembering.”
-Midwest Book Review

"Beneath and beyond doctrine and dogma, this ecumenical treasure book articulates the respect and love within each religion.”
-Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, author of Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey

"Religious polarization and intolerance threaten our peace and prosperity. David Lundberg identifies thirty-three basic values shared by seven world religions, giving us the opportunity to understand that all have the same common messages to mankind. It is up to us to try to bridge the gaps between cultures and religions, and this book will help us. It allows us to hope for and work toward a better world tomorrow than the one we live in today.”
-Mobeen Khaja, President, Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada

"Of all the volumes I have read throughout the decades concerning the 'universal truths' flowing throughout the world's major religions, this book by author C. David Lundberg, Unifying Truths of the World's Religions is the most complete, accurate and comprehensive.”
-Rev. Ernest A. Steadman; Universal Peace Ambassador, Geneva, Switzerland; Founder of the Knights of Good Works and the United Interfaith Ministers Association

"Does an excellent job of raising questions that in turn lead readers to learn about the different faiths in a way that is accepting of other belief systems.”
- TCM Reviews

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"Lundberg presents inspirational principles from sacred texts in a wondrous and ingenious way. . . . Every place of worship would do well to have a copy of this book.” -Lewis M. Randa, Founder and Director, the Peace Abbey

"A splendid achievement. Lundberg shows how close the world faiths are on the core issues.” -Dr. Tim Winter, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

"A timely and much-needed book....Succinct, clear and meaningful." -Audrey Kitagawa, Special Advisor to the World Federation of United Nations Associations; Chairperson of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979630828
  • Publisher: Heavenlight Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 426
  • Sales rank: 805,316
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

C. David Lundberg is a lifelong researcher of spirituality and the world's religions. Raised in a family business of inspirational publishing, David realized over forty years ago that the answers he sought were beyond traditional Christianity. His search has included sacred texts across the religious spectrum, active membership in spiritual/religious organizations, prayer, meditation, powerful spiritual experiences, and an undeniable prompting to establish God's Universal Truths. David is a minister with Spiritual Awareness Fellowship and Pathways of Light, and resides in western CT.
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EXCERPT 1: It is only natural that God would give to us simple universal principles for living life, which if followed, would lead to peace, fulfillment, and joy. It is only natural that these laws could be found commonly held within the sacred texts of the world's major religions, and that we should embrace these truths and enjoy their supreme, eternal benefits. EXCERPT 2: There is one underlying cause for the sufferings of mankind through the ages--the majority of men and women have suffered from an identity crisis. We have forgotten who we really are. Every world religion says that God is within you and that you have unlimited potential to be fully conscious of God and experience God's unlimited love, wisdom, and power. You are a child of God, a unique spiritual aspect of awareness. You are spirit, temporarily inhabiting a physical form.... EXCERPT 3: God is within us, and has the most intimate relationship with every one of us. We are unique yet at the same time One with God and all of life.... As we practice the twenty-two essential responsibilities in part II, we attune with God and do good works. As we do this, we grow in our Oneness with God, in our spiritual nature, and we transmute what is not of God within us into what is good and divine. There are many levels of attainment both on Earth and in the heavenly realms. In the spiritual world, many souls are on each level, forming a Divine Hierarchy. We have divine potential--to grow into greater attunement and Oneness with God. This is our divine destiny. FROM JOHN 17:21: "That they all may be one; as thou, Father are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us." FROM AL-HALLAJ: "I saw my Lord with the eye of the Heart. I said: 'Who are you?' He answered: 'You.'" FROM (TANAKH) LEVITICUS 11:44-45: "For I the Lord am your God: You shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, For I am holy....You shall be holy for I am holy." FROM THE BHAGAVAD GITA, CHAPTER 9: "Fix thy mind on Me, devote thyself to Me, sacrifice for Me, surender to Me, make Me the object of thy aspirations, and thou shalt assuredly become one with Me, Who am thine own Self." FROM THE SUTRA OF HUI NENG 1: "For him who...knows his own mind and sees intuitively his own nature, he is a Hero, a Teacher of gods and men, a Buddha." FROM THE TAO TEH CHING, CHAPTER 21: "How do I know the ways of all things at the Beginning? By what is within me." FROM CONFUCIAN ANALECTS 7: "Heaven produced the virtue that is in me."
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv

Author's Prayer xvi

Our Divine Identity xvii

Introduction 1

Part I The Understanding 11

Section I The Meaning and Purpose of Life 13

Chapter 1 Life, with God, is Good 15

Chapter 2 Love Creates Joyous Living: We Are to Love and Be Loved 25

Chapter 3 We Are Responsible: For All We Create and Certain Disciplines 39

Section II Who We Really Are 49

Chapter 4 Our Divinity: We Are a Part of God, Sons and Daughters of God 51

Chapter 5 Our Destiny: Our Divine Potential 73

Section III Who and What God Is 89

Chapter 6 Unity: There is Only One God 93

Chapter 7 The Creator: God is the Creator of All Good Things 101

Chapter 8 Omnipotence: God is All-Powerful 111

Chapter 9 Omniscience: God is All-Knowing and Wise 121

Chapter 10 Omnipresence: God is Everywhere 129

Chapter 11 Forever: God is Eternal 135

Part II Essential Responsibilities for Loving Living 141

Section I Love God 143

Chapter 12 Faith and Hope 145

Chapter 13 Praise and Gratitude 153

Chapter 14 Prayer and Meditation 161

Chapter 15 Humility 171

Section II Love Your Divine Self 179

Chapter 16 Loving the God in You 181

Chapter 17 Inner Peace 193

Chapter 18 Perfection and Purity 201

Chapter 19 Moderation and Balance 211

Chapter 20 Vigilance 217

Chapter 21 Health Maintenance 225

Section III Love Other's Divine Selves 235

Chapter 22 The Golden Rule 237

Chapter 23 Patience 243

Chapter 24 Harmlessness 249

Chapter 25 Charity and Helping Others 255

Chapter 26 Loving Speech and Kindness 263

Chapter 27 Forgiveness and Mercy 269

Chapter 28 Honesty and Truthfulness 279

Chapter 29 Respect for Others and Non-Judgment 287

Section IV Love What You Do 297

Chapter 30 Your Perfect Vision 299

Chapter 31 Divine Passion, Zeal, and Enthusiasm 307

Chapter 32 Knowledge and Wisdom 315

Chapter 33 Effort, Discipline, and Persistence 325

Part III God's Code of Love and Life 337

Part IV Commentary 345

Appendix A God's Code of Love andLife 363

Appendix B "Sonship" in Islam 369

Bibliography and Source Notes 373

Glossary 403

Index 417

About the Author 427

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