'If an all-loving God is central to Islam, Judaism and Christianity, why the enmity among and between those of different faiths?

CHRISTIAN Comment with Laura Huxford of Christian Science Reading Room, Lansdown, Stroud.

What unites the world’s Christians? An agreement that God is love and all are equal in His sight?

The Pope thinks so and recently stated God’s loving embrace is wider still saying: "God has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! . . . . even the atheists, everyone!”

In BBC’s Thought for the Day’, the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, said the Abrahamic monotheisms – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – all share the idea that ‘every human being, regardless of colour, culture, creed or class, is in the image of God.

This means that one who is not in my image, whose faith or ethnicity are different from mine, is still in God’s image, and therefore possessed of inalienable rights.

’Two immense statements!But if an all-loving God is central to Islam, Judaism and Christianity, why the enmity among and between those of different faiths? Perhaps this concept of God is not shared? Perhaps the most still mistakenly view God as a changeable deity demanding appeasement while answering one person’s prayer and not another’s - the sort of god the Bible brands an idol.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote in The People’s Idea of God that: "Proportionately as the people's belief of God, in every age, has been dematerialised and unfinited has their deity become good; no longer a personal tyrant or a molten image but the divine life, truth and love — life without beginning or ending, truth without a lapse or error, and love universal, infinite, eternal.

’What benefits could the views of these three thinkers bring?Fewer wars?Less racial and religious discrimination?Less social deprivation?Let’s find out?

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11:36pm Sun 18 Aug 13

TigerTigerBurningBright says...

It is because god doesn't actually exist, other than inside people's heads. It is invented to make people feel secure, to allow a few people to exploit the many, to raise a flag or totem to justify going to bash other people over the head.
The absurdity of having all these beings each of which is superior until you look across the border and see someone else's superior being must surely not pass those by that try to convert the rational.
The answer to the headline is "Because my god is bigger than your god".
It is because god doesn't actually exist, other than inside people's heads. It is invented to make people feel secure, to allow a few people to exploit the many, to raise a flag or totem to justify going to bash other people over the head. The absurdity of having all these beings each of which is superior until you look across the border and see someone else's superior being must surely not pass those by that try to convert the rational. The answer to the headline is "Because my god is bigger than your god". TigerTigerBurningBright
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10:00am Wed 21 Aug 13

Crow says...

It's similar to vegetarians and vegans. I'm not sure, but I think it likely that most people think that vegetarians and vegans get along just fine, and live in harmony......the truth is that isn't always the case. I suppose people who have similar beliefs are sort of in the same boat, at sea, and in that boat there are probably going to be some rows, over rations and snoring etc.
It's similar to vegetarians and vegans. I'm not sure, but I think it likely that most people think that vegetarians and vegans get along just fine, and live in harmony......the truth is that isn't always the case. I suppose people who have similar beliefs are sort of in the same boat, at sea, and in that boat there are probably going to be some rows, over rations and snoring etc. Crow
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12:16pm Wed 21 Aug 13

A Stroud Worm says...

But vegetarians and vegans and meat eaters don't kill eachother over their beliefs. Tiger is right. God and those that choose to believe in Her have a lot to answer for,
But vegetarians and vegans and meat eaters don't kill eachother over their beliefs. Tiger is right. God and those that choose to believe in Her have a lot to answer for, A Stroud Worm
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12:25pm Thu 22 Aug 13

dimreepr says...

Intolerance should be abhorred in all its manifestations, most people of belief want nothing more than to be allowed to believe what-so-ever they want. I’m a convinced atheist and science enthusiast and as such I am forced to accept, given our current understanding of nature, that there is an infinitesimal chance that a God of sorts does indeed exist. Providing the individual/collectiv
e of any church is capable of conducting themselves within the law both societal and moral, then, they should be tolerated and accepted without malice or fear.
Intolerance should be abhorred in all its manifestations, most people of belief want nothing more than to be allowed to believe what-so-ever they want. I’m a convinced atheist and science enthusiast and as such I am forced to accept, given our current understanding of nature, that there is an infinitesimal chance that a God of sorts does indeed exist. Providing the individual/collectiv e of any church is capable of conducting themselves within the law both societal and moral, then, they should be tolerated and accepted without malice or fear. dimreepr
  • Score: 1

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