"A Common Word Between Us and You"
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"Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind,
and with all your strength; this is the first
and greatest commandment. The second is like it;
you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two
commandments rest all the law and the prophets."
Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Luke 10:27, Mark 12:29-30
"Let no foreigner joined to the Lord say,
the Lord will surely exclude me from his people.
For this is what the Lord says to those foreigners
who bind themselves to the Lord, to serve him,
to love the name of the Lord and to worship him,
these I will bring to my holy mountain
and give them joy in my house.
Their offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted
on my altar for my house shall be called
a house of prayer for all peoples.
The sovereign Lord declares - He who gathers
the exiles and outcasts of his people,
I will gather still others to them
besides those already gathered."
Isaiah 56:3,4,6-8, quoted by Jesus, Mark 11:17
"The day will come when I will make for you a covenant
with all creatures and I will remove the bow, the sword,
and war from the earth, and I will give you a life
of peace. The wolf will dwell with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the kid, and
the calf and the lion will feed together with a little
child to lead them. They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be filled
with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."
Isaiah 11:6,9, Gates of Prayer 689
"The Lord will judge between the nations
and settle disputes for many peoples. They shall beat
their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
neither will they train for war any more. They will sit
under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.
"See I have set before you life and prosperity,
death and adversity, blessings and curses.
If you obey the covenant of the Lord your God that I have made
with you this day by loving the Lord your God and walking in his ways
and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances,
then I will bless you. I call heaven and earth to witness before you
this day that I have set before you life and death,
therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live
loving the Lord your God and keeping his commandments for that
means life to you and wellbeing as you dwell in the land
that the Lord promised to your ancestor Abraham and to his descendants." Deuteronomy 30:15-20
"Is not this the fast that I choose, to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free,
to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
to let the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked
to clothe them, and not to deny your own kin?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing
shall spring forth quickly, your vindication will go before you
and the favor of the Lord shall guard your back. Then you will call
and the Lord will answer;.. and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water whose waters will never fail. Isaiah 58:6-9,11
"He has showed you, o humankind, what is good; to do justice,
to love mercy, and walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
"Say, O people of the Book, let us come to a common word between
us and you that we may worship our God as one." Quran, Al Imran 3:64
"God enjoins justice and showing kindness and generosity to your
kindred and forbids what is oppressive, shameful, and unjust."
"Oh humankind, behold God has created you out of one male
and female and made you into diverse peoples and cultures
so that you might come to appreciate one another." Quran 49:13
"God created us through one human being to teach us that whoever
would destroy a single soul has destroyed an entire world
and whoever has sustained a single human soul has sustained
an entire world." Gates of Prayer 689, Quran 5:32
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God...In Him was life and that life was
the light of humankind. The light shown in the darkness
and the darkness has not overcome it...And the Word
became flesh and lived among us." John 1:1,4,5,14
"To you we sent the Word in truth, confirming the scriptures
that came before it and protected it so that you may discern
what all Allah has revealed therein. To each among you have we
given a law and an open path. If Allah had so willed he would
have made you a single people, but God desired that you might test
what he has revealed together and pursue diligently what is right.
In the end we will return to God and he will make clear
our different understandings." Quran 5:48
"So now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by his sacrifice... for he has broken down
the dividing wall of hostility between Jews and Gentiles..
creating one new humanity in place of two, thus making peace.
For through him all of us have access through one Spirit to God.
So then we are no longer strangers and aliens but equal citizens and members of the household of God. Ephesians 2:13-19
"Behold my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I
delight; I have put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim
justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one
will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not
break, and a dimly burniong wick he will not snuff out, till he
leads justice to victory. In his name the nations will put their
hope... This is what God the Lord says,...I will keep you and will
make you to be a covenant for the people and a light to the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and
release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness." Isaiah 42:1-7, Matthew 12:18-21
"Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle
and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls, for
my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
"Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. Blessed are
the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who
hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy. Blessed
are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the
peacemakers for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are
those who are persecuted for doing right, for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven." Matthew 5:3-10
"You have heard it said "Eye for eye and tooth for tooth," but I
tell you, do not return evil for evil. If someone strikes you on
the right cheek, turn to him the left one also. And if someone
sues you for your garment, give him your undergarment as well,
and if someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two...
You have heard it said, "Love your neighbor and hate your enemy,"
but I tell you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute
you." Matthew 5:38-44
"Greater love has no one than this than that a person lay down
his life for another." John 15:13
"This is my commandment that you love one another... By this will
they know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
"The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine
upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance
upon you and give you peace." Numbers 6:22-26