- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 31, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Thanks for the story of Jesus’ birth on Dec. 24 (‘Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,’” Editorial). As a Christian, I greatly appreciated an editorial no other newspaper would print on celebrating His birth. On that day, I sat down with a Muslim friend to discuss the story. In essence, this is what my friend had to say -

When my friend goes to the mosque to discuss with his friends, he brings them a thought based upon the consideration that it makes no difference if you are a Muslim, Jew or Christian because we all trace our religious beliefs and concepts back to the covenant between God and Abraham. This covenant between God and man is the base that provides all the rationale and structure of our existence. So it is we should not fight and kill over our differences but rather embrace the commonality of our mutual covenant with God.

For a moment, I sat there amazed at his pearls of wisdom about this “inconvenient truth.” Then the thought occurred to me that if the ideals expressed in the Sermon on the Mount were to be compared with the ideals expressed by the Buddhist’s Goddess of Mercy, it could be found that we humans are of a common heritage in our individual covenants with God. Is it not true that we are all the same as children of God?

JAY W. GOULD III

Springfield

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