"...not sure it would be an orthodox way of stating it."
--> Do you feel a need to always be orthodox in your views?
Lol, What's with the psychiatrist impersonation?
No, just trying to be clear about what are my personal views (the theology of lunamoth) and what I would consider traditional/orthodox doctrine. Pretty much all of my views are going to be considered heterodox by someone.
Well, if we are going to compare, we do need to try to be as clear as language allows. I've had too much experience with people using the same language to mean totally different things...and likewise using different language to express pretty much the same principle.As far as the idea of religious principles is concerned, I think we are merely fumbling over definitions. You said,
"I personally do not think it is about dedication to specific religious principles...those principles and doctrines are only good to the extent that that help us understand God's nature, love God and each other."
--> For me (a non-monotheist), God is a religious principle. Turning to God, and living an intentionally God-centered life are religious principles. For you, no, for me, yes. I suppose we need to consider the differences we have in defining God. My definition and your definition are different.
What you call God, we call Almighty God. When we say God, we mean the main Deity of the universe — actually the Deity is the universe. We call this Deity the Son. However, the Son is not the Father, and the Father is not the Absolute. (I am starting to get into a deep, metaphysical definition of the Trinity, so I must stop. I am getting off-topic.) This is why I said a dedication to specific religious principles (God, etc.) is the way into Christian Heaven. Therefore, in essence, we are talking about the same thing.
So, in conclusion, Theosophists feel that merely understanding and loving the Deity will not get us to Nirvana.
OK, that helps, and I'm sorry to keep sounding like a broken record, but the Way to heaven/eternal life is Love. I now understand that you believe otherwise...but I bet in the end what it looks like in our lives is pretty much the same.