I have made reference to this novel a few times in my blog but today I finally finished the work of art!
I mean it! It is truly a work of art. Though I am a Christian, I have always held onto the belief that there is more to faith and beliefs than what was written in the bible. There are stories in the bible that, in my interpretation, leads me to believe that there were meant to be multiple religions that would lead to one single higher power. For example, the story of the Tower of Babel: Gen 11:1-9. I love this story because I feel like this is the beginning of diversity. I love diversity! Pre-technologically advanced days, we were limited to those around us, sameness. But once we started to assemble and become curious about the lands around us, we began to encounter and sadly fear differences.
The Celestine Prophecy is a book about adventure. You are taken on a journey to find the true meaning to life through the discovery of manuscripts called Insights. Religious leaders were against this manuscript because they believed it would lead people away from religion but the purpose of that manuscript was to enhance and clarify religion and faith. All roads led to one higher power and in this fictitious story, all beings on earth were heading towards evolution.
I found this novel to be insightful because the author further sparked my curiosity concerning my belief that there is only one God/higher power. Many will disagree but I always stay true to my belief because of the story of the Tower of Babel. Think about it: All people had one language so they decided to band together and build a tower that reaches Heaven. God was not pleased with that, so he scattered them around and confused their tongue (gave them all different languages), so that they could not work together to build towers to Heaven. Now, I am paraphrasing but you get the gist of the story.
Can you imagine a world of so many different people and cultures all living under one religion? If you look at the people in the world at any time period of any history book and you will see that certain areas required certain things that other areas did not. Deserts were different from rain forests, The North is different from the South, Africa is different from Europe, etc. Each area required faith in the form that best served them and their culture. Some regions have many Gods and other regions have only one yet across many religions, the rules are very similar.
There are religious wars throughout history because in some cases our tongues are still confused. I find that many people can not understand any way of life that is different from their own so they fear and/or hate it. Even the bible says that we are all God’s people. God is saying all, not just the Christians.
I believe that life is not about winning souls for one religion over another. It’s about supporting each other to find faith that is meant for them. Faith and beliefs are important for all of us to reach a higher state of life. We are all different, not to be separate from each other but to show that there is more than one way into Heaven/the other side. The Celestine Prophecy explains step by step the way to being more equanimous and the result of bringing our world to the next level, past our fight against each other. This was truly an inspirational piece to be read repeatedly and shared with anyone who wants to make the world a better place.