I believe this is a very fair question to ask. That is if the leaders of the various modern day religions were alive and walking the earth now—would they be believed? With all due respect to the almost countless religions out there I am not an expert in all that is out there but I do appreciate and value the differences in views.
Each founder of a particular religious viewpoint had a great impact on those around him at the time. It was a great enough impact that they left a lasting impression to forge lasting dynamic groups. But in this modern world full of cynics and doubters would these great and influential people be believed or locked up and put to shame?
Whether man meant to or not his dependency upon modern technology, modern finance, and science has divorced him from nature. The more we tear down nature and all that makes up this great world we live in the more separate we become from our connection with nature, from a deeper connection within ourselves. The more we insulate ourselves from the divine that is within every molecule of life the more locked up we become within ourselves.
There are so many ways to hide within the matrix and confines of the physical life and the physical self. We can only cultivate our experience with the divine within the limitless space within ourselves. The journey is private and personal. When people attempt to share experiences that are beyond words they often times become religion or dogma.
Foundations were laid hundreds and thousands of years ago by people who had insight way beyond the times that they had lived. But please take into consideration that when all of this religious or spiritual energy was forming all over the world was divided. We were separated. Religions were defined by the people and the culture of the time. I hardly doubt that if we could get all of the founding religious people together that they would say that their view was the only and right view. I would hope that they would be more like yes we are all talking about the same thing but just in different forms that the Universe presented itself to us at that time and to our best understanding and interpretation.
What if someone were to say that he or she was Christ reborn, or Buddha reborn and so on? Would we not label them to be crazy and lock them up for further observation? I am stating these things and putting them out there as forms of reality checks. Man has fought for centuries to have this or that view to be the right and only view out there. What it boils down to is culture wars. What it boils down to is not respecting life, respecting others or even respecting ourselves.
Religious or spiritual views loose their divine connection once others are put down if they see things differently or if it is forced onto others. Man has been evolving for quite a while and still has a long way to go. I don’t know how anyone can say that they know everything in a world full of limitless possibility and potential. It is man’s ego that tries to label everything and put everything into a nice square box. We need to categorize everything and departmentalize everything. We have fallen so far away from what we are here for—to realize our true selves. Can we learn to tread lightly or will we forever continue to separate form each other and isolate ourselves from our true divine nature?