The Lord’s kingdom is a kingdom of love. Love trumps faith, that is, love trumps Christian knowledge. The reason is that love is the spiritual means by which the Lord God forms an intimate relationship with each of us.
The knowledge of God or belief in God only makes God present with us. But love, which is faith put into action, is how the Lord enters into our very lives – not just nearby.
God seeks a dwelling place in our hearts. Love is how the Lord enters into a covenant with us.
When we love the neighbor as ourselves we apply the Golden Rule, whether we attend a church, a temple, a mosque, or a baseball game. True worship is true love.
The mercy of the Lord is Infinite and cannot be limited to any one country, race, or belief-system. This is contrary to Divine Love and mercy.
People who believe that those who do not share their belief system will perish in hell overlook the fact that religion involves being good – not being right.
Furthermore, how can Christians even claim to be “right” when disdain for others, greed, and adultery is so prevalent among its ranks? This is the horrible outcome of the doctrine of salvation by faith alone, which separates religion from how we actually behave in the world.
It is also the disastrous outcome of interpreting Scripture merely as a literal account of history, which describes God as being “pissed-off,” promoting wars between countries, allowing slavery, polygamy, and depicting women as second class citizens.
God is infinite love. We are made in God’s image not by having ten fingers and ten toes, but by having spiritual love.
It is only through sincere mutual love for each other that the world can be saved. Can the process of saving the world be different from the process of saving our souls?
This spiritual process of exalting love is open to all men and women on earth.
Otherwise, the Creator would be extremely inefficient in perfecting the heavenly kingdom and sharing eternal blessings.