The formal teachings of the world's religions often differ from one another. In this world of multiple religious truths, we cannot expect to find identity in religious language. And yet, diverse verbal formulations may serve as signposts pointing to the same mystery, the same divine center. This enables us to regard the world's many sacred traditions as allies, often sharing common teachings as well as similar forms of practice. Meditation and prayer, the attention to consciousness, the diminution of ego, a commitment to compassion and social justice — these and numerous other characteristics serve to unite the practitioners of the world's major sacred traditions.

Ron Miller, The Hidden Gospel of Matthew