by John Goodchild
from Signs of the Times No. 56 - Jan 2015

If we believe God is a dangerous character from whose wrath we have to be saved by a special relationship with Jesus, then contact with other faiths will be problematic.

If we believe God wills the greatest fullness of life for all whatever the cost to himself and that Jesus grew into this God’s embodiment thanks to the correction of the Syro-Phoenecian woman, it will be easier to rejoice in finding this God in others – though we will want to reject as fallible human constructions tribal religions employing violence such as we find in parts of Judaism and Islam, and sadly some versions of Christianity.