Ben Asher's creed. A study of the history of the by Aron Dotan

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He had experiences of the immanence of God in all things, which moved him to turn his back on the luxurious life he could have led. Tagore disseminated the views of the movement, gained a large following and initiated services of worship. He compiled the Brahmo Dharma from passages in the Upanishads and established and a forest ashram in Bengal named Shantiniketan – the abode of peace. The movement expanded and spread, but ultimately split in 1866, when the Brahmo Samaj of India was formed. Tagore’s son, Rabindranath, became a Nobel Prize-winning poet.

The apostles, or early followers of Jesus, began worshipping and preaching Jesus as the risen Messiah, the Christ, meaning ‘the Anointed One’. He was seen as the Son of God and his death a sacrificial act on behalf of humanity, For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. [John 3:16] As the word was spread, notably by St Paul, the movement grew away from Judaism and the Christian Church was established. Accounts of these early days and the life of Jesus were eventually written down as the Gospels within the New Testament as a continuation of the Hebrew Scriptures to make the Bible.

The relationship between experience and religious text is well described by Fr Bede Griffiths, . . there is a mode of experience which transcends both body and soul, an experience of the Spirit, which is not merely rational and so dependent on the senses, but intuitive – a direct insight which comes not from the soul and its faculties but from the Spirit himself, the absolute, which is present in the ground of the soul of everyman and reveals itself to those who seek him. Yet when we begin to speak 21 Religious and Spiritual Experience of that experience, we have once more to use the language of sense and reason, and the reality of that which we have experienced can never properly be expressed.

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