Gems

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a gem of a flower

pincushion protea

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a gem of a thought

“When devout Christians believe that only Christians of a particular doctrinal stripe have access to God, that, for example, God hears their prayers only, they stand in cosmic immodesty.  The Christian Bible more than once makes the point that God’s ways are not our ways, and that the mind of God is vastly different from our own minds.  Thus, when Christians categorically state that Jews, or Muslims, or believers in other faith systems are outside the provisions of God, they utter arrogant nonsense.  A respectful agnosticism is called for when often there is offered in its place a self-interested certainty.  If God is the God of all, and not just a tribal deity, then God has made provision, not necessarily known to us, for the healing and care of all his creation, and not simply our little part of it.”

Peter Gomes, The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus

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