In primis Abrahamic Study Hall believes that GOD is One, but His reflection is visible everywhere and in every moment. We are all reflections of GOD, which means that we are all reflections of His image, His Light. There is only one GOD and this is the center and origin of the cosmic universe, whatever name you choose to give Him, and in fact to Moses’ question, the LORD answers:
13 “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them: The GOD of your fathers has sent me to you, and they will ask me: What is His Name? Then what shall I tell them?”
14 GOD said to Moses: “I Am who I Am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I-AM has sent me to you.”
(Exodus 3, 13-14)
The soul and the heart that are within us, allow us to connect with the CREATOR, and therefore with the Creation. Only by filling ourselves with His Light will permit to our souls and bodies to make us feel truly fulfilled. We cannot describe GOD with human attributes, but today we are closer and closer to understand which human attributes make us truly children of the living GOD and therefore close to the divinity. The concept of GOD is not so difficult to understand, it must be researched and then constantly pursued as a healthy and balanced lifestyle. He is in everything, when the wind blows on our faces, we breathe GOD, when we feel the warmth of an hug from a person who loves us, we feel GOD, and when we read the Holy Scriptures, we are listening to GOD.
The posts and pages in this Study Hall are not only addressed to Abrahamic religions’s believers, but also to those who follow other faiths, or simply to whom wishes to expand their knowledge about spirituality, in the conviction that one day all the different human philosophies and doctrines can join forces, cooperating to achieve the one and only true goal of life: an era of peace and brotherhood for all. The total prosperity of humanity will be unreachable unless, and until, a true unity will be firmly established.
At the end of our days we will not be judged for our religion, but for our actions, for what we have left good in the Spirit of those who remain after us. We must repair what was doing wrong by our ancestors, who are within us today, we must seek our personal Truth, free from the impediments of traditions and superstitions. The only way to achieve this is through knowledge, putting aside all forms of religious, social and racial prejudice, because we are all so magnificently different and so incredibly important to achieve this goal. No one will be left behind, the extremes of wealth and poverty will more and more reducing, the rich by his own free desire will understand that that excess, “beyond need”, although initially it may seem good, in the long run it will mainly damage him and his descendants. Wiser instead will invest one’s excess assets in people, and not in things, to help those most in need who, by their side, will work conscientiously to pay off their debt, without being burdened by interest. The only interest must be to ensure everyone’s happiness, to live in a healthy, eco-sustainable world, to consider every creature indispensable for our own happy existence in this short passage that is life. All this seems like a dream and simple utopia, but if we see the progress made in recent decades we understand that all this is really possible, we just have to believe in it, engage in the study of whatever is constructive for us, put aside more and more the vices that ruin our body and our spirit, and engage in helping to build a society based on an economy that is not based on growth (GDP), but a socially balanced one. An economy can only benefit society when all these twelve social foundations (inspired by the social objectives of sustainable development of the United Nations) are reached without exceeding one of the nine ecological limits (planetary limits proposed by a group of scientists led by Johan Rockström and Will Steffen). The twelve social foundations are:
- Food safety
- Income and work (the latter is not limited to employment, but also includes categories such as housewives, those who care for the elderly of their family, etc.)
- Peace and justice
- Political voice
- Social equity
- Gender equality
While the nine ecological limits are:
- Climate change: man-made greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide and methane that cause the Earth to overheat.
- Ocean acidification: when the carbon dioxide emitted by man is absorbed by the oceans, making water more acidic. This reduces the capacity of marine life, for example.
- Chemical pollution: the release of toxic materials in nature reduces biodiversity and lowers the fertility of animals (including humans).
- Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution: the inefficient or excessive use of fertilizers leads the fertilizer to flow into water bodies, where it causes algae blooms that kill underwater life.
- Freshwater withdrawals: the use of too much fresh water drains the source, which can damage the ecosystem and then be unusable.
- Land conversion: Converting land into economic activities (such as creating roads and farmland) damages or removes habitat for wildlife.
- Loss of biodiversity: economic activity can cause a reduction in the number and variety of species. This makes ecosystems more vulnerable and can reduce their ability to sustain life.
- Air pollution: the emission of aerosols (small particles) has a negative impact on the health of the species, and can also affect precipitation and cloud formation.
- Ozone layer depletion: some economic activities emit gases that damage the Earth’s ozone layer. Since the ozone layer protects the Earth from harmful radiation, its depletion causes, for example, animal skin cancer.
We must show love towards GOD and His Creation, we must imitate Him because He is Love in His purest form, otherwise He would not have created us if not out of pure and simple love. Love is the most sublime of feelings that a human being can perceive, and it must therefore be directed primarily towards GOD: the CREATOR, His Laws handed down through the tradition of the Holy Scriptures. This consequently will also lead us to have more love for ourselves and our Spirit, increasing our empathy towards the rest of Creation. Our “neighbors” are the human beings closest to us: our family, friends, the people we socialize with, our community, and the rest of the world around us, including the whole nature and animals.
If you really want to change the World you have to change yourself first. Following the Golden Rule helps us unconsciously to support ourselves, our health, our happiness, our life and the lives that surrounding us during our journey on Earth:
Abrahamic Study Hall believes that GOD established a Purpose in everyone’s life, you only have to feel this necessity within himself in seeking and loving Knowledge. A Study Hall is for research and study, not for interest, not for socializing.
We are all brothers and sisters in GOD, we come from only two parents even though we have different opinions, habits, experiences, height, weight and skin colour. Only if we generously give love away can we be loved by our CREATOR and the whole of Creation.
Above all, you should love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength; then you should love your neighbor as yourself
Benedictine Rule IV, 1-2
Deuteronomy 6, 4-5
Qu'ran, Al-Baqarah 2 136-137
In today’s World Truth is getting lost and with the help of technology, if used properly, we can be facilitated in this incessant search for Knowledge, a principle of vital importance for man’s survival and evolution. Judaism, Christianity and Islam, are three “brothers” united by the same FATHER. Those Abrahamic Religions, today comprise the biggest community in the World, counting around 3.5 billion people spread widely, all over the World. Those monotheistic beliefs tracing their common descent to the patriarch Abraham, with most of their Holy Scriptures and traditions in common. ASH is a Study Hall that allows “virtual students” to find informations about their Religious Beliefs, but also the History, Politics and Philosophy related to them.
If you strive for Knowledge, the first stage is silence, the second listening, the third reminiscence, the fourth practicing, the fifth teaching.
(Solomon Ibn Gabriol)
ASH believes that Knowledge, philosophía or “love of wisdom” is the best way (GOD willing) that will lead to World Peace, and that means happiness for others, directly related to our own personal prosperity and peace of mind. ASH’s mission is only for purpose of personal study and research, and apologize in advance with any brother and sister out there in the World that could feel offended by any of our topics, posts, pages, statements and any single word we use in this Study Hall.
Please feel free to reach out anytime for clarifications:
“If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong.
But if I spoke the Truth, why did you strike me?”