CHAPTER : I - THE NECESSITY OF RELIGION-16.
Even at the present time we find many sects and societies, with almost the same ideas, fighting each other, because one does not want to set forth those ideas in precisely the same way as another.
Therefore, religions will have to broaden.
Religious ideas will have to become universal, vast, and infinite; and then alone we shall have the fullest play of religion, for the power of religion has only just begun to manifest in the world.
It is sometimes said that religions are dying out, that spiritual ideas are dying out of the world.
To me it seems that they have just begun to grow.
The power of religion, broadened and purified, is going to penetrate every part of human life.
So long as religion was in the hands of a chosen few or of a body of priests, it was in temples, churches, books, dogmas, ceremonials, forms, and rituals.
But when we come to the real, spiritual, universal concept, then, and then alone religion will become real and living; it will come into our very nature, live in our every movement, penetrate every pore of our society, and be infinitely more a power for good than it has ever been before.
To be continued ...