If we wrap Christianity around ourselves and dismiss other paths to seeking God, we forget that we are all called to be one. It is a viewpoint that forgets that religion is not God but a path to knowing God. It forgets that religions have evolved through history into what they are at the present time. The public hostilities that emanate from persons who proudly proclaim their Christianity are not consistent with way of Jesus or his prayer that “all may be one.” We need to be careful that we are not seduced by meaningless differences into thinking we are living as Christians.
That all may be one.
Examine words that are pious but misguided. Do not support slogans and causes that trivialize the good will and faith of others or generate baseless outrage on social media.
Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.
Our various religious traditions serve society primarily by the message they proclaim. They call individuals and communities to worship God, the source of all life, liberty and happiness.
How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.
Christianity is a religion of ‘wholemaking’, the dynamism of gathering persons into communal wholes; it is a religion of wholeness in relation to other religions of wholeness as well.
The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
As we grow in our consciousness, there will be more compassion and more love, and then the barriers between people, between religions, between nations will begin to fall. Yes, we have to beat down the separateness.
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Beware the religion that turns you against another one. It’s unlikely that it’s really religion at all.
Joan D. Chittister
Most Christian ‘believers’ tend to echo the cultural prejudices and worldviews of the dominant group in their country, with only a minority revealing any real transformation of attitudes or consciousness.
Spirituality is not just about religion, or church attendance, or fidelity to one or other legal requirement. Spirituality is understood to be an innate wisdom of the human heart that enlivens a zest for life, a search for meaning and purpose, a love for all that is good and beautiful, a passion to create a better world, a sensitivity to the life-energy (God, if you wish) that permeates the entire cosmos.