The Moment of Light that Came and Went
A transcendental vision – three weeks after September 11, 2001
As the world entered into this horribly dark phase of violence, it just so happened that Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed met on a cloud in Paradise. They sat down with somber faces and began to talk.
“How can Muslims commit such atrocities?” said Mohammed.
“How can Christians let the world slide into such a predicament?” said Jesus.
“What have the Jews done with their vision of God, with the Holy Land entrusted to them?” said Moses.
They exchanged more thoughts.
“What have the spiritual leaders of our religions done to guide people in the modern world?”
“Did we not leave clear instructions to our followers?”
“How can we justify the consequences of our teachings before our common God?”
The three men went to God and asked to be allowed to return to Earth to correct the situation, to give clear guidance to the people and stern instructions to the spiritual leaders of their respective religions. God allowed them to go down, but only for one day.
On the given day—I wish it could be tomorrow—they decided to go down together. They agreed to appear in Jerusalem together. They decided to visit three locations: in front of the Wailing Wall, on the Temple Mount next to the great mosque, and in front of the Church of the Sepulcher.
Their appearances brought wonder to Jerusalem. Celestial light and cosmic harmonies filled the air. As evidence of the divine nature of their coming, all three together appeared at the three chosen locations within Jerusalem at the same time, but Moses spoke at the Western Wall, Jesus at the Church of the Sepulcher, and Mohammed at the mosque on the Temple Mount. Every individual in the quickly accumulating large crowds of people heard the messenger speak in his own native tongue. Other wonders were done—sick people were cured, obsessed were freed of bad spirits, and the three heavenly personalities levitated.
What were their messages?
“How could you forget the greatness of God?” Moses said to the people gathered. “He was your forceful leader in the early years, when you had to establish yourselves as a nation in a strange land. He gave you the Ten Commandments for civilized life when you settled down. He taught you to ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ as you walked on into the future. You were the chosen people to guide all mankind. How could you settle down and find satisfaction in formally observing more than six hundred laws of conduct, while not being a blessing to your own neighbors? How could you be blessed with the greatest mental gifts and wealth among all nations, and not set an example in resolving the problems of tribal neighborly strife as affects so many other regions on Earth? God created the whole world. All people are his children—your brothers and sisters. As his chosen people, you are expected to lead toward a world where your neighbors can also live a fulfilled life. Did you not contribute to setting the present fire? Wake up to your responsibility. Act now as if tomorrow were the day of reckoning.”
“Did you forget the liberating thoughts I gave you: to be meek, merciful, pure in heart, and peacemakers?” said Jesus. “How could you forget the poorest of the poor among the nations? How could you give support to the mighty who suppress the poor? You gave them weapons and money, and you taught them the skills to do what they do. You were given the greatest civilization and insight of all people in history. Did you apply enough of your knowledge and means for the betterment of this fragile world, rather than for your own well-being? What should the world that God has offered to you be like? What did each one of you do in your little or large circle of life to let a better world appear? Much will be expected from the one to whom much was given. Wake up to your responsibility. Act now as if tomorrow were the day of reckoning!”
“Have you forgotten that an angel revealed to me a God of mercy and compassion, as every Surah states at its beginning?” said Mohammed. “What God asks of you is first, and only, a pious and moral life. God abhors the killing of the innocent. The God of the Jews, of the Christians, and of you is the same God, because there is only one God. God has created all mankind: you, the Jews, the Christians, and all others, too. If you believe in our God as revealed to me, you must live a more pious and more moral life. Be an example to the infidel. You must be merciful and compassionate. Yes, in the Second Surah, 192nd verse, I directed you to kill those who fight against you when they are the unprovoked aggressors in taking your freedom or land. But in the same Surah, 191st verse, I directed you not to transgress limits. Clearly, you cannot commit atrocities against the innocent. Those days of my revelations were the violent days of human society. I was the last to present divine revelation to you. This did not mean that human society stopped evolving, as it has evolved from the earliest time on. Wake up to the modern world. Show the world that piety and morality can be a guide toward a better world without hatred and violence, but a world with mercy and compassion. Wake up to your responsibility as the true believers in our common God. Act now as if tomorrow were the day of reckoning!”
When all this was heard, the Jews danced for joy, the Christians fell on their knees, and the Muslims prayed toward Mecca. Then they all embraced each other and became one people in their diversity under one God.
They started building one common temple on the Mount to the common God.
The holy personalities re-ascended toward heaven in joy. They had been understood.
The next day, the supreme mullahs, the greatest of the rabbis, the Pope and all cardinals met in their respective sanctuaries for council. They questioned some exuberant witnesses. They analyzed the theological content of what was reported to them. They calculated the consequences for their systems of dogma and their hierarchical positions.
After a week, the conclusions came out. The words that were heard in Jerusalem contained nothing new. Each religion’s theological dogma had no need to be changed. The faithful of all three religious directions were admonished to be even more obedient to the old teachings. Furthermore, the short apparition in Jerusalem to only a few people was judged to be of doubtful veracity.
More settlements were expanded in the occupied territories, the fight against terrorism continued, and mullahs continued preaching for a Holy War against the infidel. A common meeting of the spiritual leaders and a common declaration to address the grave crisis of the world did not occur.
The three divine personalities met on the cloud in Paradise once more. For the first time in history, the three together cried in common anguish.
The world had not changed … unless we all change—together; now—as if tomorrow were the day of reckoning!
But then, on January 24, 2002, Pope John Paul II actually convened a meeting of leading representatives of the different confessions at Assisi, Italy, to address the problems of violence and terrorism in the world.
A declaration resulted, named the Assisi Decalogue for Peace, presenting ten basic commitments for peace.
The commitments propose peaceful solutions to all conflicts, but they do not address the religious fundamentalism on all sides, military countermeasures that are accepted as necessary against unending large-scale terrorism, military occupation, the establishment of settlements in occupied territories, the total attrition of the livelihood of whole populations, the spirals of mutual revenge, and the acts of desperation.
The Assisi Decalogue for Peace was sent to many heads of state and government and to the media. The report about the Assisi meeting and the resulting declaration appeared in many newspapers at that time.
After that, there was no follow-up, and it was quickly forgotten.