Who can speakrightly about life with God? There are somany ways of living with God, somany religions. It is troublingthat all these religions refer to thesame God, the God of life, theCreator, and yet live differently.They do not eat the same food,they do not pray the same prayers.They do not even worship at thesame time.
How can we accountfor this multiplicity of religions?The nonreligious person sneers atus who claim to believe in oneGod. All the more so as this claimto the “unique” God far too oftendegenerated into intolerance,inquisitions and crusades. Thisunique God is my God. Only mystory, my story and my lesson, isthe right one. You have to do itmy way. If not, I’ll kill you.
The first example of this way of thinking was given by Cain, who killed Abel precisely because his brother did not do it his way. Is there here a lesson on behalf of pluralism? Should we then say yes to the many ways—even to the bad way, the wrong way? In truth, the reason for this intolerance and paradoxicality for these many ways lies in the fact that religion has become a culture, a mere human expression of some vague wisdom. One has forgotten in the process that the best way, the only way indeed to live with God, is to let God live with us. The way to God is God’s way to us. So understood, life with God becomes an adventure, a journey, where we only know the one with whom we walk but we do not know where we will go.
Image: Yakov Chernin for Shalom L.C.
Cause our hearts to understand, to discern, to comprehend, to study and to teach, to observe, to act and to fulfill all the words of Your Torah in love… ~ SIDDUR, AHAVAH RABBAH