It is not surprising that most religions do not listens to the concerns and questions of their congregation. Any questions concerning the authenticity of their beliefs will brand you an heretic. When have you ever heard a religion come out and declare that there was a mistake in their interpretation of their sacred books and correct it. In fact, how many of us have the time and patience to study the authentic sacred books? Many of us depend on the “Higher ups” of the church in explaining the “Words of God”. Many of the authorities in our religions have been indoctrinated that our sacred books are true and derived from God. Any debate on religion, they will bring out their “Interpreted Bibles” in proving their side. To debate with them will be almost useless.
When an individual came out to say that the earth is round and not flat, he was ridiculed and censored. But when the world finally accepted this initially ridiculous proposal, the scientific community was able to discover more information due to this discovery. It is the same I believe with religion. When we are able to translate our sacred books correctly, we will be able to help others, instead of inhibiting them.
In the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo), Arrogance is one of the evils (sins) that God wants us to remove from our minds. Arrogance is by definition the feeling that one is better than another due to wealth, intelligence, occupation, hierarchy, etc. Like the other evils of greed and self-love, it makes us close minded and unable to understand other views. I believe this is a common occurrence with our church leaders. Their righteousness often becomes their handicap. Their minds become like a distorted mirror. A distorted mirror does not reflect the true image. A mind that is infested with arrogance cannot see the truths.
Religion should make people better. It should help people to get along, and not divide them. For those who seriously believe this to be true, we must first remove our arrogance, and question our sacred books. Are they the words of God, or are they derived from the mind of man?