My friends and I have different ideas of God. Is any idea of God truer than any other?Rabbi Rami: Let’s define “true” here as “that which makes me more kind and just.” The more your idea of God leads you to justice and compassion, the more true it is; the less it does that, the less true it is. “By their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:16).Do you think psychedelic drugs can deepen spiritual awakening?I have zero experience with psychedelics. When LSD was legal, I was a Buddhist and drugs were not part of my practice. Having said that, my primary concern with drugs is that we use them to get high rather than to get wise. Lots of us want to get high; all too few of us dare to get wise.I don’t understand why you Jews don’t accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior. I mean no disrespect, but he died on the cross and was resurrected from the tomb—what more does he have to do to convince you people?He has to bring world peace. We Jews anticipate a messiah whose kingdom is of this world, who will end injustice and war, and who will fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah and Micah and bring about a time when ev …
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. His spiritual advice column, "Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler," addresses reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more.
He has this to say about religion: "To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the mindset of the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or cannot say as well in another; and the more languages you know, the more nuanced your understanding of life. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence."
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