Today we celebrate the concept that formed the Religious Recovery program and gave birth to the first book, Every Path Leads Home: Opening to Your Spiritual Journey. As we stressed in the first book, we are not against religion, but we do find fault with some of the things that have happened to individuals, races, and even nations in the name of religion. The idea that any one particular religion is the only true religion comes across in bold and subtle forms in many of the religions of the world.
What Every Path Leads Home proposes is that none of these religions are right, and that perhaps none of them are wrong. Perhaps every spiritual path we take will get us home. Religion can help us on our journey or it can hurt us. The main goal of Religious Recovery is healing, but a secondary goal is religious tolerance.
I used to deliver mail for a living. It would be preposterous to think there was only one way to deliver mail, and to prescribe to one tradition beyond all others, even to the point we would die for those beliefs. Some homes have boxes on the front porch, while others mount them on a mailbox on the curb. If I prescribe to the curb box delivery method and decide to drive my vehicle onto someone’s porch to deliver mail, I wouldn’t have a job for long. This is simple common sense, but when it comes to religion, we often leave our common sense and wisdom behind and accept what has been told and taught for centuries. Who are we to disagree? Then again, who are we not to disagree?
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Our purpose is to help individuals to heal who have been injured by religion or the religious. We welcome your comments and questions.