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One of the philosophical threads common to the major world religions is seeing beyond sight. Related to this is asceticism or spiritual detachment from a world that's the biggest illusion of all.
From the outside, a stained glass window is just some plates of dull coloured glass. Its beauty is revealed when we step inside the church. This may not be obvious from the outside but just because the Church teaches that something is true does not stop us from asking how it is true.
In the footsteps of thinkers like G K Chesterton and C S Lewis, the hardest questions are actually asked by those on the inside. In truth, we have been there, done that and come away with our faith intact. Another expression of this is Anselm of Canterbury's "credo ut intelligam" – "I believe that I may understand". And the parable on faith and reason I shared with Jimmy two years ago: http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/brother_have_you_been_saved/#IDComment475211099
If you care to look, you'll find a remarkable core of truth shared by the four world religions. Hence, the point of my parable is that there is significant consistency of teachings across 90% of all schools, tracing their ancestry to the Master. And that 40% of these schools call themselves by the Master's name shows that the Message remains untainted by the sins of his messengers. Of the founders of the four world religions, only Christ claimed to be God.
Open your heart and your mind to the Eternal, oh guru of the open mind!
This can be discerned in the context of the last verse you quoted. In 2 Thess 2:9-10, we read that "The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved." And Adam and Eve did die – first spiritually and then physically – when they were meant to partake of the Tree of Life and be immortal.