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Monday, December 21, 2015

Worries

You can hear and read "Do not be anxious about anything..." any number of times, and still not possess what you are looking for. It's not about knowing St. Paul's letter to the Philippians, or any number of other texts. Instead, the question is whether I believe God is bigger than whatever troubles me.

So, when I pray, I should ask God to increase my trust in His goodness and wisdom. I may or may not be relieved of any burden, but I will see its lightness, in comparison with God.

I will fear no evil, for you are with me.

Side-Bar: Yes, Muslims and Christians worship the same God. As I understand the explanations of the philosophers, if Christians and Muslims agree that the Creator is the God who revealed Himself to Abraham, then the referent is the same. The two groups do not agree on what He revealed subsequently, nor on the import of that content, but there were not two separate gods who spoke to Abraham. At the least, we have a basis for discussion, since the referent is the same. As someone pointed out, if we deny that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, owing to the fact that Muslims deny the Trinity, we would have to say that Jews and Christians worship different gods. The consequences of that conclusion are inadmissible for the Christian.

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