Monopoly

Hi, everyone. I grew up in an area of the UK that celebrated and fostered relationships between people of different faiths. There was no sense that any of us had all the answers, or were following a superior way. Some people now reject this approach, but it has remained central to my valuing of everyone as equals in the sight of God. See what you think…

Monopoly

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made (Psalm 145:9).

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to  him” (Acts 10:34-5).

Father,
Do Christians have a monopoly on truth?

Do you reject every sincere Buddhist,
Every devoted Hindu,
Every faithful Muslim,
And every painstaking Jew?

Are all non-Christians destined for rejection,
Condemned to eternal separation from you?

If I had been born into another faith,
I would have learned
Other other names for you,
And other ways of seeking you,
Yet I would still have loved you.

Lord,
You create us in your own image,
And have compassion on all you have made,
So I cannot believe
That Christians have a monopoly on truth.

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