FAQ: Why do you speak positively about other religions?

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Many readers have noticed I make positive references to other traditions in “Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters.” Some alarmed by it and others celebrate it.

Let me give you an example from Chapter Three “Believe,”

“Sooner or later spiritual seekers experience disillusionment because though every religion promises a better life to those who tap into the Force, it is not easily attained. The Buddha said, “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” The Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu (sketch above) spoke of the Tao, an ultimate principle of the Universe. Jesus promises his followers “abundant and eternal life” refreshed by limitless springs of “living water.” “The glory of God is man fully alive,” said Irenaeus, a second-century bishop, teaching that Christ is the path to this life. We yearn to be fully alive, but what are we to do when, like young Skywalker, we can’t seem to break through to this higher plane of existence? Give up? Look elsewhere?…Despite the promise of a better life, no religious tradition says that finding or learning to use the Force will be easy.”

I am a bridge builder. Way back in 1973 I wrote a paper for Bishop Stephen Neill titled, “Muslim Christian Dialogue.” Observing a true teaching in an other faith does not mean all that tradition teaches is true, nor does it in any way indicate the Christian tradition is false. It is a nice meeting point for conversation.

A reader/reviewer (Paul from Warrensburg, MO) at Amazon put it this way, “At first, I was skeptical when I read that Mr. Staub interwove teachings from non-Christian religions, but he did it in such a way that didn’t compromise Christianity. He really applied Philippians 4:8 when he wrote it.”

And what is Philippians 4:8?

“Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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