“I have other sheep as well that are not of this fold. These I must also feed”. (John 10:16).
“In my Father’s house there are many mansions”. (John 14:2).
I believe that Jesus is God with the Father and the Spirit and that Jesus is the way to God.
I am also very content in my Christian and catholic ( small c ) home and have no desire to express my faith in any other way.
However, I do think it fascinating that Jesus spoke of other “folds” and a variety of “mansions”.
Men and woman have always made the fatal mistake of thinking that they can grasp, understand and corral God into their thinking, group or church.
But the truth is that, in this world, God is infinitely incomprehensible and incapable of human comprehension.
So the best we can do is to “attempt” to approach God.
We Christians believe that Jesus Christ is our way to God. I totally concur.
But of course God is infinitely free to do what he wants, go where he wants and approve of whoever he wants.
And God’s approval of a Mahatma Gandhi may be stronger than his approval of a pope.
And God’s approval of a Martin Luther King Jnr may be stronger than his approval of a Mother Teresa.
The late, great, Father Faber hit the nail on the head when he wrote:
“But we make His love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal, He will not own”.
It would be nonsence to think or believe that God will only allow the 1.3 billion Roman Catholics into Heaven and point the other 5.7 billion to Hell.
On Heaven, as far as I am concerned there will be good Buddhists, good Hindu’s, good atheists and agnostics etc,.
I had the wonderful experience this week of presiding over the marriage of a lovely, loving, moral and impressive young couple from Nepal – one a Buddhist and one a Hindu.
We had a moving ceremony that involved some silence, some sharing and some prayer and meditation as well as the vows and a blessing.
As the psalmist proclaimed:
Psalm 133 A song of ascents. Of David.
“1. How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
2. It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes
3. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore”.
God is like a beautiful massive, precious diamond.
And each little facet is glimpse into the diamond.
And those facets represent the variety of God’s “folds” and “mansions”.