All kinds of religions seek to elevate our spiritual awareness. They also help us have a more meaningful perspective on life, because, let’s face it, we cannot explain everything that goes on around us. So, in religion, we can find very deep meanings behind the simple mysteries of life we face every day.
Obviously, religion is a controversial subject in our society. But when it comes down to it, all religions have some basic similarities. But there are also many contrasts between different spiritual ideologies.
For instances, some religions are monotheistic in that they believe in the existence of one God. Yet others are atheistic as they don’t believe in the existence of God.
Then there is polytheism, which is the belief in the existence of many gods. Some religions are agnostic, in that they are uncertain that a God even exists. But then there is also deism, which is the belief that there is a god, but he does not get personally involved in our affairs.
On top of all these perspectives, there is the idea of omnism. This is the recognition and respect for all religions.
Omnism comes from omnis, a Latin word meaning all.
The dictionary definition of omnism tells us that this word refers to a belief in all faiths or creeds. The omnist is further defined as someone who sees a common purpose that unites all peoples.
Consequently, omnism is being open-minded and recognizing and appreciating the similarities that exists among all kinds of religions. For these people, every religion in existence has a role to play in the bigger scheme of things.
The opposite of omnism would be dogmatism. In dogmatic religions, rules and ‘facts’ are imposed on the believers. In contrast, omnists accept the possibility that no religion is complete on its own. The focus for this special group of believers is the wisdom and the teachings each religion has to offer.
What many people do not realize is that they are omnists without even knowing it. This began with a push to avoid discrimination based on religion. This promoted a level of religious acceptance that has made some people realize the positives of each prominent religion.
People now understand and know that being in a particular religion does not make you ‘backward’. Instead, people can see beyond that and accept that the basis for most religions is peace and love.
There is also a growing realization that science, despite its great advancements, cannot give us all the answers we need about the universe. Omnists agree that the world is much more complex, and a spiritual perspective can help explain some of its mysteries.
Generally speaking, this seems to be where we are all headed. Today, many people believe in a force greater than themselves.
Ominism is about having a broader perspective on the spiritual realities that exist in our world. It is an acceptance of the fact that there is more to this world than the physical things we see and experience.
So, if you have always been open to various religious tenets, you might have been an omnist all along without knowing it. That’s interesting, right?