very serious about Jesus, so I won't respond in kind to Mr. Briggs.
Gandhi was profoundly influenced by Jesus and we agree that everyone
should enjoy Mozart, Stevie Ray Vaughn and baklava!
What troubles me as a minister is Brigg's last sentence. He says that
"the concept that there are consequences for dying without having ever
heard of Jesus is meaningless." You see, Jesus was emphatic that his
followers spread his gospel to the entire world. He said, "You shall be
my witnesses ... to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Well, why bother?
There were other religions in Jesus' day.
But Jesus knew something many people reject. He said, "I am the way,
the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me"
(John 14:6). Now, if Jesus was right, then we must be diligent to tell
everyone about him. Gandhi, Mozart and Buddha now know the importance of
a relationship with Jesus.
This is my prayer for Dean Briggs and, indeed, all of Glendale, that
we might all discover that most important relationship.
The Church at Angeles Crest
La Canada Flintridge