Faith is inclusive

Sometimes I think that matters of faith, Christian-wise or otherwise, are perceived as being exclusive to whomever is in that particular insert-belief-system-here. When I read the accounts of what Jesus said and did, it’s interesting to whom Jesus perceives as having faith outside of the realm of those who are “supposed” to have faith (perceptively, not actually);
– The friends of the paralyzed man who was lowered from the ceiling to the floor (Mark 2:5)
– The Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13)
The faith of friends and the faith of an agent of the government oppressing the Jews are recognized as individuals of faith, for their hope that Jesus is capable and willing to help out. I find it amazing as to the words that are said to be of Jesus’ interaction with the centurion; “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith”. Jesus found great faith in someone who was “the other” and it is something he wasn’t able to find amongst his own people!

I think we need to recognize the wisdom and subsequently people of faith outside of our own traditions, and I also think that people who align themselves with atheism have insight and wisdom as well. In the words of Thomas Aquinas; “beware the man of one book”, my faith comes from God and what I have read about God in the Bible, a God who is loving and full of grace. Yet even though I have read portions of the Torah, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, there is truth to be found, and God is found within truth because God is truth.

Search, doubt, and wrestle with your faith, but recognize this; all truth is God’s truth.

~Nathanael~

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