Faith in Scarborough Schools Annual Report 2014-2015
Jesus tells the parable of the sower who sowed his seed on stony ground and secondly in shallow soil. We know the results. Thirdly seed was sown in good soil out of which a good crop began to grow but, untended, all plants were soon choked with weeds. In the parable Jesus tells us the seed is the "word of the kingdom". The first represented those who rejected God’s word from the outset, the second those who welcomed the word with joy but soon lost interest, the third who, having welcomed God’s word, eventually let the cares and riches of the world take precedence. Not of course forgetting the seed which fell on good soil and which brought fruit in abundance let us ask what the Word of the Kingdom would mean for us in this more positive sense.
My studies indicate that all the major religions and many others support what has been summed up as this 'Golden rule'. One of the modern attempts at a synthesis on this basis is Karen Armstrong with her Charter for Compassion. Sadly I would in the past have felt threatened by such a suggestion. Would not the distinctiveness of the Christian faith be compromised by this recognition that the central command of Jesus is equally owned by Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs and Jews? Perhaps and perhaps not.