God, Relationship, Society

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We dismiss a merely individualistic society as selfish and unsustainable. So why believe in an individualistic God? We dismiss a person who falls in love with their own reflection as narcissistic, and regard a person who can love another as more whole. So why believe in a God whose nature has no capacity to love another? The dialogue between Muslims and Christians is not about whether there is one God - we all believe in one God - it is about the nature of God.

When the Prophet Mohammed declared that God did not beget, Christians can agree with his point. There was a time when a baby was not. There was never a time when the Divine Saviour was not. When Christians use the phrase 'only-begotten Son' they refer to an eternal expression of intimacy, of giving and receiving love, which is in the heart of God, echoes of which are in the core of our being.

Graham talked of this at our annual week-end at Redhill Centre, near Stratford, UK, and triggered a process of fresh thinking of what this could mean for the the kind of society we must now build. At Redhill I talked to Ghulam, an expert on Islam, who now cherishes the wonder of forgiveness and loving relationship at the heart of the Christian religion, even though so many Christians have failed to live it.

If you'd like a holiday near Shakespeare's Stratford book in at www.redhillcentre.co.uk

Posted at 03:29am on 14th June 2010
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