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No Extremists Allowed

“The world would be a better place without religion.” A statement spoken with as much vehemence as frequency of late, and largely in response to the IS terror campaign. Another is the borderline apologetic, “All religions have their extremists.” What does a Christian gal say to such hostility? How does she respond when her faith is muddled with all the other myriad religions and their disparate gods and motivations? She groans inwardly, I can tell you that, and she is saddened that the owners of these statements don’t try to understand her beliefs – a faith free of religion. In attempting to read a little of the Bible every day this year, I came to Ecclesiastes, believed to have been written by Solomon who is well-known for his writings on wisdom. This is where I stopped: “In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.” I hear you, Solomon. The world is unchanged on that front. He …