Originally Posted by Richard_Todd
I'm not sure why you would assume I have not read at least some scripture, or wouldn't want to. I have, and I appreciate what it has to say. I'm only asking by what criteria people are calling something a "universal truth" as opposed to something you personally perceive as true.
I apologize. I didn't mean to make any assumptions.
My personal answer to your question is "cohesiveness". Whoever is telling me they have figured out the "ultimate truth/reality", I listen to how they explain the entire system, how everything jives together from the smallest of scales to the largest. If it is all cohesive, and if I am not asked to harm any other creature in following this system, I take it as true.
SR/LoA/I-M simply does not jive for all scales. I never said they are completely wrong. I said they are incomplete... And as such they will mislead sooner or later.
You have to realize each of us has a piece of the puzzle and it is the same puzzle. Unless we can look at the entire picture, it is hard to tell which piece goes where. Lots of people claim they are prophets, messangers, gurus, etc. You take their pieces of the puzzle and see if they fit together with yours, others, etc. I do believe in the one-ness of it all. Thus, it has to all fit. No leftover pieces. If it doesn't, someone simply does not have the complete picture.
Ultimately, your conscience is the judge and you are responsible only for yourself. If you think you figured out the ultimate truth, then that's all that matters.