November 24

Psalm 25:6-10

“All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.” vs. 10

Through the millenia humans have invented a remarkable variety of religions, some of which have prospered and grown as their adherents have spread across the globe. Many have comprehensive doctrines and scriptures to provide instruction to successive generations. Most members of these various religious groups believe that what they believe and teach is superior to any other religion, and as the centuries have passed there have been periods of bloody religious warfare as one or another group seeks to dominate the others. In recent years some wise leaders have realized that no one religion has a monopoly on the truth and that in fact most religions provide opportunities for profound God connections. In other words there is a common denominator in the different religious expressions. The psalmist points the way to that commonality when he writes that “all the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness.” There are many differences in the great religions and each has very different theologies and practices, But any religion worth its salt will recognize that steadfast love is the essence of divinity, and that every community of believers will reflect that love in the way they treat both neighbors and strangers. Those of us who are followers of Jesus will lead the way in reaching out to people of other faiths. We know and believe that the Holy Spirit of God is not bound and produces fruit in the most amazing places.

Thought for the Day: How do I relate to people of other faiths?

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