Recently, our enthusiastic small Bible study group was heralding the greatness of Christ Jesus via song. Outside, just beyond the open windows, was a stream of Jewish gents strolling to synagogue. What a unique, surreal image: Gentiles and Jews embracing their centuries-old religion and God in their own distinct fashions. Side by side. Proud and cheerful.
At that moment, it seemed so possible and right that different religions could exist side by side. No judgment. No censure. Simply focus and dedication.
How naïve a notion to wish and believe such a thing were perpetually achievable—that we could happily co-exist on this huge planet and not have strife or condemnation because of who or what we are. In some neighborhoods and communities, yes, in others, no.
Most religions share a similar conviction: that of the Supreme Almighty. They also hold the same view: their dogma is the right one. To convince others of their God’s magnitude and merit, many will speak or teach. Some will happily open doors—and arms— to their place of worship. And others will just as joyously kill in the name of their deity.
We need to believe and keep our faith strong. And practice kindness, generosity, and compassion—to fellow beings and all life forms. Humility wouldn’t hurt, either. My position is simplistic and very optimistic: when there is faith and hope and conviction, anything is possible. Even world peace.