Yes this thread has strayed very very far from its original topic
I forgot we were even talking about the Rapture.
Steph, I understand that you do not know if there is absolute truth. That's a very honest answer and makes much more sense than someone who says he's absolutely sure that there are no absolutes
But I was asking if you think the *belief* in absolute truth is equal to the *belief* in relativism. Or if religions based on the concept of absolute truth (including Christianity and Islam, just to name 2) are as valid as religions based on moral relativism.
I think I understand where you're coming from when you say that the beliefs have equal merit for the individual....if what you're saying is that a Taoist receives guidance and comfort from Taoism comparable to the guidance and comfort that a Muslim receives from Islam, you are probably right on.
Sincerity in belief is a virtue and has many benefits to the believer. In the end, though, some beliefs are going to be closer to the Truth than others. Say 5 people are driving down the road and see a cow in a field. #1 thinks to himself, "what a marvelous example of the creativity and sensitivity of the heart of God." #2. thinks, "Ahhh, the product of millions of years, millions of mutations, and a lot of selective pressure. " #3. thinks, "Hey, there's Grandpa!" #4. thinks, "This is of course not a cow but merely the illusion of a cow" and #5, in all sincerity, thinks, "Cool! It's Babe, Paul Bunyan's ox."
Well, each person might receive satisfaction from his belief, and not one of the passengers is inferior as a human being, but clearly the cow is *not* Paul Bunyan's ox and *probably* isn't Grandpa. Whether it's an illusion or not is a great philosophical exercise but when it comes down to it the cow is either real or it isn't. The cow does not cease to *be* b/c a human considers it an illusion. Our varying faiths sustain us, encourage us, and make us better people, but I still hold that some *are* hitting closer to the mark (the actual nature of God and the universe) than others.