Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest November 1936]
DIVINE WORSHIP vs. RELIGIONTHERE is a considerable difference between sincere, Divine worship and the practice of a religion. We may be in error in our interpretation and understanding, but in the Western World today there is the general opinion that a religion is a definite code and form of Divine worship associated with a church and with ritual and limited creeds and doctrines. Divine worship, on the other hand, can be--and should be--free from creeds or dogmas and not necessarily associated with any definite form of religion, nor with any specific sectarian church or temple.
One of the problems that faces the churches of the world today is how to bring within the portals of the church the millions of persons who are essentially worshipful of the divinity in man and worshipful of the omnipotence of God. While it is not true that the individual who follows as a code of ethics the Golden Rule and lives a clean and noble life in accordance therewith is a good and worshipful man, it is true that there are millions of human beings unassociated with any church and not given to any definite form of religious worship who are essentially good in every religious sense and are meeting the demands of God and the heavenly hosts to the best of their ability.
The conversion of man from a non-worshipful state in his youth to a state of fine appreciation of the spiritual values of life is always much easier than converting a man to a definite religion as specifically to a set of dogmas or creeds that bear a sectarian label.
Man from his earliest years is essentially worshipful and naturally seeks to contact that which is Divine and superior to himself. But he generally associates this appreciation of the spiritual side of life with the utmost freedom of thought and spiritual or philosophical expression. In many millions of cases the direct association with a church or institution of limited or definite creeds and dogmas is a hampering condition extremely annoying to the young person who looks to find evidence of the spiritual things of life all around him.
With the broadening of man's consciousness through the discovery in scientific fields and otherwise of the greatness and universality of God's and nature's laws, man has become worldly conscious to such an extent that the limitations and narrowness of certain creeds and dogmas find no harmonious place in his mind and in his thinking. If God is the creator of all beings, He is the father and lover of all beings and there cannot be in the consciousness of God any of the distinctions regarding class of religious thinking, race, or color that are portrayed to us or represented to us by the various religious denominations now existing on earth. To the average individual who is at all conscious of spiritual qualities and of the essential divinity of all beings, there is one fundamental truth that permits of no distinction and no division in classification. That fundamental truth is: "There is but one God and none shall have any other god before Him." This fundamental truth is the basis of the realization of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, and these two realizations are essential if the true spirit of divinity and the spiritual unfoldment of the kingdom of heaven on earth is ever to become a reality. But the moment that this one universal God is distinguished by various races and classes of people by putting on Him at various times robes of many hues and titles that are in disagreement, the God of all beings becomes a sectarian God of multiple personalities and principles. The little child--whose simplicity of religious thought we are always urged to follow--can think of but one God, the God of all gods, the Supreme Creator. The moment you attempt to classify that God or distinguish Him as having certain qualities that place Him in the possession of, or association with, a sectarian group, you take your God from His universal throne and necessitate His hourly change into gods of many names and many qualities.
In the Cathedral of the Soul all minds and hearts can meet in Divine worship regardless of any previous sectarian qualities. The Cathedral of the Soul is for those who know but one God--the father and creator of all beings. The Cathedral of the Soul knows of but one race of men throughout the universe, that race which was created in the image of the one God and constitutes the human brotherhood of man.
If you would participate in the universal, Divine, holy spiritual blessings that come from the attunement with the Cathedral of the Soul, and thus make your life better because of your contact with the consciousness of God, then send for our little free booklet entitled, Liber 777, which explains the Cathedral of the Soul and its simple form of worship. (Non-members are especially invited to do so.)
Join with millions of human beings who lift up their hearts and thoughts to the one God of all and find there mercy, love, toleration, kindness, and most of all, universal recognition of the spiritual image which constitutes the real man or woman on earth.
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