Sunday, 1 July 2012

People of God and all God's people

Fr Maliekal for quite some years now has been using this phrase:  people of God and all God's people.  I know not if he read it somewhere or if he invented it himself. However, ever since then it has helped me grasp something which has been vital in understanding God, His ways, Human beings and our ways.

'People of God' commonly refers to the chosen race - then the Jews and now the Christians.  Well, this is what 'we' think God decrees - no authoritarian claims for this reading of God's mind.  However the next part of the phrase, 'all God's people' is a more wider and wholistic understanding.  The latter part leaves out no one.  And frankly speaking none, not even the Pope can say it is not so!  For each person is created in the image and likeness of God, whether Christian or not!  Religion does not precede life. 

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