War, Bloodshed and Anti-Semitism – Is God Exclusive or Inclusive?

The destroyed old Mosque of The Prophet Jirjis in central Mosul, Iraq, on July 27, 2014. (AP)

 

For 2,000 years God has been Exclusive and rival faiths have fuelled war, bloodshed and anti-Semitism. We must surely move on. Our world should no longer have to centre itself on the killing fields of Bible-lands. While it can still take its bearings from there, what goes on there should be no more than a Meridien line on the surface of the globe in the overall vastness of the Universe.

The Universe is Infinite. God, its Maker must also be infinite. God is One to the power of One; there must be an infinite number of ways to find God, each one precious to its owner, each one respectful of all the others, each one pointing to peace. In short, God is Inclusive.

 

Mutuality of Respect is the key

 

Whether you are a believer or not respect is a two-way street. It must be mutual to be real. Over the centuries religious zealots – and political zealots too – haven’t heeded this. Centuries of disrespect a big part of today’s problems. Slavery, Terror, the Gulag, ethnic cleansing, the Holocaust, pogroms, all forms of discrimination the result.

Their zealotry is akin to idolatry, the only difference being that they worship themselves.

In the words of Kahlil Gibran, their “passion unattended is a flame that burns to its own destruction.”

Meanwhile the Caudron in the Middle East is still ablaze

Aleppo, Mosul, Palmyra, chemical weapons, Arab tribe warring with Arab tribe. Gaza. Israelis, with a collective memory – don’t ignore the consequences – of 2,000 years of discrimination and persecution, culminating in pogroms in Russia and the Holocaust in Germany and in the vast enforced exodus of 850,000 from Arab lands since 1948 doing whatever they deem necessary to save it happening again, for the first time with the wherewithall to do that.

And, as ever, anti-semites, with the backing of their naive excusers, perverted, myopic and totally disproportionate in their fault-finding.

 

In 2002 leading clerics from all three faiths were united in their call for peace with an Inclusive God.

 

The Alexandria Declaration

“In the name of God who is Almighty, Merciful and Compassionate, we, who have gathered as religious leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities, pray for true peace in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and declare our commitment to ending the violence and bloodshed that denies the right of life and dignity.

According to our faith traditions, killing innocent in the name of God is a desecration of His Holy Name, and defames religion in the world. The violence in the Holy Land is an evil which must be opposed by all people of good faith.

We seek to live together as neighbours respecting the integrity of each other’s historical and religious inheritance. We call upon all to oppose incitement, hatred and misrepresentation of the other.”

 

But why is this not being echoed every day in churches, mosques and synagogues around the world?

 

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