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…the point being everything


Haley Anne asked me recently what the difference between the Christian, Jewish and Muslim God(s) might me.

I told her, and honestly so, that I believed they might just be one and the same God.


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She trusts me, and absolutely, I might add. But, she went a little quiet because she sees evidence to the contrary in the actions of Man

But, this also gave me a terrific opportunity to discuss the greatest gift that God has given us (besides briliant and true daughters) is discernment.

The animated cartoon (well… It’s supposed to be animated, and thus, perhaps, more effective. So, click on the cartoon to activate it – but, then you have to browse back to this post) featured in this post has no point, really. But, the punchline is the stark reality that the joke appears to be on man-kind.

I suspect, it’s in my heart, actually, that we share the same God. And, I understand my philosophy is sophomoric in it’s very nature.

But, Haley Anne will read this sooner than later – and, in time Emma Jo will follow, with others of different generations and seasons of life as well.

It’s our interpretation of what we think God wants. Or, worse, it’s us projecting our own wants and needs onto a huge God that likely views it all as something of a petri dish.

So, with her head on my shoulder and me stroking her hair, I try to make Haley Anne understand that if we use that discernment God gives us, it’s always an opportunity to represent and reflect what we want for ourselves in the way we see and treat others.

It’s a little lesson; but, a big moment between a father and daughter, and a world of choices.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

5 Comments to

“…the point being everything”

  1. Avatar September 2nd, 2009 at 12:34 pm Drew Tilghman Says:

    1 john 4.12-14

    perhaps it is time you laid down your philosophy for some theology, like you did with haley anne.

  2. Avatar September 2nd, 2009 at 12:41 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    I can be open-minded about that.

    That (being open-minded) would, after all, be in-line with discernment.

    However, I am still exploring the concern that theology is more interpretation than inspiration.

    So, I remain comfortable (and confident) in my gut and intuition (more discernment). I also trust God will continue to test me and keep me on my toes through his additional gifts that include you, and, of course, my daughters.


  3. Avatar September 2nd, 2009 at 1:32 pm Judy Borowy Says:

    I thought about this article from NPR that relates to this blog.

    Here in CA, my son is exposed to a great variety of beliefs and trying to explain them can be a challenge. This article gave me some perspective.

  4. Avatar September 2nd, 2009 at 1:45 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    This is terrific Judy – and, it’s great to hear from you.

    Here is an excerpt from that article:

    “It sounds like the start of a bad joke: A Jew, a Baptist and a Baha’i get together every Sunday morning …

    But it’s a new kind of Sunday school, where families from a range of religions gather to teach virtues to their young children. On a recent Sunday in Falls Church, Va., Layli and Gil Miller-Muro invited parents and children — aged 14 months to 6 years old — to their home to learn about helpfulness.”


  5. Avatar September 2nd, 2009 at 3:18 pm Drew Tilghman Says:

    extrapolate the meaning of theology from your interaction with your daughter. your actions (i.e. love) with her is all the meaning you need.

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