[puzzle pieces: continued]
Before I begin, I would like to thank those who stopped by and shared their opinions: Charlie Rhodes (aka tekkguy_), Herb Halstead, Jonathan Schultz, Jim Foreman (aka j4man), Bill Grandy (aka Cycle Bob… er… I mean, Cycleguy), and Tony York.
I just came back from my first ever stint as a camp director (thankfully it was just a 3.5-day camp, so it wasn’t too tough), but although I did not have access to internet on my Jacy laptop, my Nokia was my connection to the outside world and I have been reading the comments and thinking about this issue (whenever I wasn’t dealing with immediate camp stuff).
It’s sort of comforting that what I have thought is, obviously, what a lot of people think (at least all those who commented on the previous post)… For me, it was always puzzling and confusing, how can people say that other religions have absolutely nothing to them (I guess the thing started with books – it drives me up the wall when people flat out refuse to acknowledge that there are lessons to be learned from everything)… It is illogical to say that other religions are completely 100% wrong – especially if that religion has a god. It means that if we say that certain religion is wrong, then we say that the idea of God is wrong.
However (and this also stems from my love for books, especially Harry Potter whom I’ve defended for quite a few years now), if we take a moment and listen to the other person’s view point (listening won’t hurt you) – and pray as you’re listening – then you will be able to show the person the true way (The Way, if you wish) without saying that s/he is just plain wrong for 100%.
Whenever I think of religions, I think of them as a puzzle. You can have a few pieces, but I believe that ONLY Jesus is the One with the picture of what the finished puzzle should look like and He is the missing piece (well, His true nature’s missing in other religions / cults). However, if you study the pieces that others have, you can show them how they can get access to the fullness of the puzzle.
(I think I might’ve watched Star Trek one too many times because I keep thinking like Spock… or, okay, just a mere Vulcan.)
It is only logical to assume that if we (Christians) believe in ONE God who created everything… then all the other religions have the same God – they just do not see (either by choice or by not knowing) Him as clear as He reveals Himself in the Bible and in Jesus.
*Shrug* I don’t know – but it does seem logical to me.
Oh, another thing – check out the 52 Prayers Project – it’s a one year mission by a girl named Jessica Gavin. “Written from a Christian perspective, Jessica Gavin attends a different church/mosque/synagogue each week, hoping to find that there are many pathways to heaven and the gate to glory is not as narrow as she once believed. ” (From FB Page)… It’s really cool and I like the humorous approach yet serious and careful observations.