Article – Promised Lands

The concept of a “promised land” exists in varying forms across different religious traditions. Often representing a divinely appointed destination or reward, this concept can be understood both literally (as in a physical place) and metaphorically (as in a state of spiritual fulfillment or enlightenment). It is a place where people believe they can find peace and fulfillment, and it is a goal that many people strive for. This concept has inspired people for centuries. It is a symbol of hope, redemption, and ultimate happiness.
In the Jewish tradition, the Promised Land is the land of Israel, which was promised to Abraham and his descendants by God. Christians believe that they will one day be reunited with God in heaven, which they see as the Promised Land. In the Islamic tradition, the Promised Land is known as Jannat, or paradise. It is a place of eternal bliss, where believers will enjoy all the pleasures of life without any pain or suffering. In Hinduism the Promised Land is known as Moksha, or liberation from the cycle of reincarnation. It is a state of perfect union with God. In Zoroastrianism the Promised Land is known as Frashokereti, or the final renovation of the world. Zoroastrians believe that Frashokereti will be brought about by the coming of a savior figure, known as Saoshyant.

“We’ve been in the mountain of hatred long enough. It is necessary to move on now, but only by moving out of this mountain can we move to the promised land of justice and brotherhood and the Kingdom of God.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and theologian

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.’”
— The Hebrew Bible (Genesis 12:1-3), Jewish scripture

“Surely, following the heavenly Record, We decreed in the Scriptures: ‘My righteous servants shall inherit the land.’”
— The Qur’an (21:105), Islamic scripture

“A deeply searching mind is the pure land of the bodhisattva. When he attains Buddhahood, beings who are endowed with blessings will be born in his country.”
— The Buddha, Vimalakirti Sutra

“Pre-eminent among all sacred fords, the best of places, superior to all knowledge, this is my place, the supreme Avimukta […] All the evil accumulated in a thousand previous lives is destroyed for one who enters Avimukta.”
— Kurma Purana, Hindu scripture

“The resolute one who moved by the principles of Thy Faith
Extends the prosperity of order to his neighbors
And works the land the evil now hold desolate,
Earns through Righteousness, the Blessed Recompense
Thy Good Mind has promised in Thy Kingdom of Heaven.”

— Zoroaster, founding prophet

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