I served a mission in Japan and remember all the wonderful spiritual experiences and feelings very vividly. Spirituality, God and Religion is such an interesting and passionate topic.
My life has been such a wonderful journey of discovery, and I have found so much to gain by studying these topics. My life is truly enriched because of light and truth.
I encourage you to leave no stone unturned in your quest for truth.
My advice? Learn what truth is, and seek to discern the patterns of truth. Here is what I have found so far:
Truth is not afraid of being discovered and examined thoroughly, rather it is darkness and deception that hides behind the shadows -- in hopes of never being "found out".
Truth can be sliced and analyzed in 100 different ways and it will always remain true.
Falsehood on the other hand can only be sliced a few different ways before it becomes increasingly obvious that it is false.
People who hold false beliefs avoid criticism and debate, and tend to avoid sharing their experiences publicly because they know their opinion is not well founded.
Truth tends to fit all the facts, while falsehood only fits a portion of all the facts.
Truth is independent of belief, social status, tradition, feelings, experiences or culture.
Falsehoods that persist for long periods of time (generation after generation) tend to have a propagation mechanism that takes advantage of human purposes, fears and desires.
Truth cannot contradict itself or reality.
As knowledge is gained, truth and falsehood both become more self-evident. Therefore knowledge plays a major role in discernment.
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