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Interfaith dialogue

Posted by tothewire on January 30, 2009

faith1It’s a thrilling time to be a believer and to so ground yourself in scripture and tradition that you are able to accept and be open to what other people are believing and where they are growing.

The atrocities we are witnessing in the Islamic world and the Middle East really are the worst we can imagine. But forget radical extremists abroad for a moment. What about us? Not all of us in the Western world are wholly exempt from regimented thinking and religious arrogance. A mindset has surfaced here in our own country, where we should know better, and, more importantly, where we can certainly do better.

 

Humility is the religious virtue seriously lacking in too many faith circles. By that I don’t mean thinking little of one’s self, but being aware of a reality greater than one’s self. The reality of a Big God means that we are all minorities in God’s eyes, even 2 billion Christians when considering a global village of over 6 billion. In order for dialogue among different faiths to ever happen, we must all be willing to concede that none of us alone can ever know as much as all of us together. We must move the emphasis from claiming that God is on our side to worrying more about being on God’s side of compassion, grace, justice, acceptance, and love.

Yes, my friends, we need to worry less about whether God is on our side and worry more about whether we are on God’s side.

We would like your thoughts on this…any insights?

This post was originally written by tothewire and published on  Project: Sanctuary  E_E’s blog!  We encourage you to take a few min. and visit the blog!

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11 Responses to “Interfaith dialogue”

  1. Lawman2 said

    still trying to sell your new user friendly god?doesn’t seem like the same god abraham served.are you sure you’re a christian and not a muslechrist?

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  2. tothewire said

    Considering you claim not to know my God or faith in anything, why would you bother to comment?

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  3. kathyorkay said

    This is a great post… I remember reading it awhile back on EE’s site and thought it should also be posted here… BUT, while I think it is a great post; well written (enjoyable to read) and an interesting and valid personal view, I have to say that I cannot agree from my conservative perspective. I don’t think that fundamental Christians, who do believe that their faith is the correct faith, believe that God is on “THEIR side”. I think that is an erroneous assumption. I personally can say that I do not think that way. I feel, and have stated many times, that I am on GOD’S side. My view (that I have stated) is that there are only two sides in this world that a person can be on… God’s side or the other side.

    In order for dialogue among different faiths to ever happen, we must all be willing to concede that none of us alone can ever know as much as all of us together.

    This is a very wise and generally true statement but, what you are actually saying is that someone who knows the Bible does not know the whole truth… that the Bible is not God’s word… and fundamental Christians believe that it is.

    Tolerance, which I believe is what this article is about, does not mean that you must believe in other’s beliefs. It means that you respect their right to believe it. That respect DOES require “compassion, grace, justice, acceptance, and love”. All of those things CAN exist without agreeing with other’s beliefs. And they do exist in a true Christians heart. And at the same time the true Christian believes (knows) that they are following the one true God and doing His will. This is NOT an offense against our fellow man who believes differently. This is exercising our right to believe what we choose.

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  4. tothewire said

    Quote “In order for dialogue among different faiths to ever happen, we must all be willing to concede that none of us alone can ever know as much as all of us together.

    This is a very wise and generally true statement but, what you are actually saying is that someone who knows the Bible does not know the whole truth… that the Bible is not God’s word… and fundamental Christians believe that it is.”

    No actually what I am saying is EXACTLY what I said and nothing more.

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  5. tothewire said

    But still you look for a debate? We need to worry less about whether God is on our side and worry more about whether we are on God’s side.

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  6. Lawman2 said

    i don’t think kay was looking for a debate here,just questioning like me, which jesus your trying to sell.

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  7. Lawman2 said

    we need to get rid of some of our pages guys.why do you guys demand we keep them all?

    page about us,debate page,and video should be the only 3 up there.the rest are already in post on the site under religion.

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  8. tothewire said

    Why don’t we take a vote? I like the pages, but am open to change.

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  9. Lawman2 said

    i vote we clean it up.all those pages are taking away from the site.makes it look less professional

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  10. kathyorkay said

    ok.. let me explain..

    you said:
    “In order for dialogue among different faiths to ever happen, we must all be willing to concede that none of us alone can ever know as much as all of us together.

    This statement is true in general “none of us alone can ever know as much as all of us together”. But…when you are talking about religion, I don’t believe that others who do not believe in God, can, in reference to their religion, contribute anything helpful to me. They are following a lie. Christian belief is that the Bible is ALL the truth we need. I will never believe that someone who worships allah can teach me anything about the one true God when they don’t worship Him. If they don’t believe in God… their views are worthless to me because I believe in the Bible period.

    Your statement is against God… because it is saying that we should leave the door open to other religions / gods… that’s exactly what satan wants… again, this is just one more example of Liberal poison.

    I’m not saying that I can’t learn anything from people of different faiths than mine, just not anything pertaining to God if they do not believe in Him.

    People who worship false gods don’t have any knowledge… they only have lies. It’s worthless information.

    And we have dialog with Israel (they are our ally) along with many other countries of other faiths. We never had to acknowledge that the Jews (or others) are ‘right’ or partially right or whatever and vice versa in order to get along and respect each other. You’re asking to compromise beliefs and beliefs are not compromisable.

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  11. kathyorkay said

    I like the pages also on the home page but maybe a different format… like listed on the side?

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