World Family and Religion

The World Is Our Family

Sayings from the Religions

God hath made of one blood all nations of men.

Christianity
Acts 17:26

All are the sons and daughters of God, good people
all, Brothers and Sisters, since created by One Father.
No rooted difference is there between them.

Hinduism
Bhavishya Purana LLL, IV, Ch.23

Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?
Why do we deal treacherously every man against his
brother?

Judaism
Malachi 2:10

All creatures are the family of God; and he is the
most beloved of God who does most good to His
family.

Islam
Hadith

Do not forget that the world is one great family ... Regard Heaven
as your father, Earth as your mother, and all things as your
brothers and sisters.

Shintoism
Oracle of Deity of Atsuta

God is the Father, Earth the Mother. With all things
and in all things, we are relatives.

Sioux
Native American

Commentary

"The world is my family," says the Maha Upanishad, a Vedic scripture of Hinduism with an oral tradition dating back more than 6,000 years. From that beginning, every religion has proclaimed that all people and all nations are one great family-and that the true basis for human life is understanding, compassion, forgiveness, charity, and assistance in every way toward others.

This concept stands as the foundation upon which all religious thought is based. Since we are all children of God, this principle states, we should think of each other as we would the beloved members of our own family.

When we focus on the "otherness" of people, rather than on the "Oneness" that they have with ourselves, we open up the possibility of suspicion, fear, and hostility. Then, at the slightest provocation-real or imagined-we strike out, feeling that there is great logic in our actions. It is tempting in today’s stressful atmosphere to be pulled from the depths of truth and focus only on superficial diversity. Instead, we should maintain our understanding that we are all one great family, related not only by blood by an unbreakable spiritual bond.

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