Universal Truth – More Than One Kind?

Is there any correct understanding of character development? Or is there no one universal truth about the deeper side of life?

In the western world an emerging minority of people seem to identify themselves as more spiritual than religious. Perhaps you are one of them. Universitas Swasta di Bandung By spiritual I mean seeing things around us as not merely material but reflecting some transcendent meaning and purpose.

By being religious, in contrast, I mean finding the spiritual dimension to life by engaging in personal prayer in a relationship with a personal idea of deity.

People, who see themselves as more spiritual than religious, think in a less clear-cut way than does a religious believer. They tend to speak in an impersonal, abstract way about non-material forces and energies.

Studies have found that, despite having this searching attitude towards the deeper things in life, such people tend to have a negativity towards traditional religion. This critical attitude, however, does not necessarily amount to atheism. For them the questions can be sometimes more important than the answers.

Some understand and express spirituality in a private, individual manner devoid of ties to any formal frameworks of thought. Others find meaning and express their spirituality within transpersonal, humanistic and existential philosophical traditions.

Barna study
A recent study in the United States found that 58% of teenagers and 62% of adults agree with the statement, “Many religions can lead to eternal life; there is no one true religion.”

There’s a sense among teenagers (born 1999 to 2005) that what’s true for someone else may not be “true for me”; they are much less apt than older adults (born 1946 to 1964) to agree that “a person can be wrong about something that they sincerely believe in.” For a considerable minority of the younger people,

Read the rest