“For my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples”
The word “faith” has been used - and misused - in many different ways. Faith, understood as an inner strength, is the greatest resource we can have when confronting adversity. Unfortunately faith, defined as belief, has become quite the opposite, a wedge separating people. As Isaiah reminds us, God does not make distinctions between people, which we fall into too easily. “Judeochristianity” is a perspective on faith based upon the continuity between Jewish and Christian tradition, between Isaiah and Jesus, who was Isaiah’s spiritual disciple. Both spoke of a Covenant that includes all the nations of the earth. The faith supporting such a Covenant, or reciprocal relationship between people and God, must be more than belief. What faith actually is will be the subject of our exploration.
Our basic text will be Judeochristianity: The Meaning and Discovery of Faith. Starting from the point of continuity between the Jewish and Christian scriptures, this book presents a comprehensive spiritual path that addresses the needs of all people, regardless of background or creed (or even lack of a creed). More important than the specific content of our beliefs is commitment to a path that opens the heart in compassion and love. In the absence of such a commitment, beliefs and rituals are meaningless. This is the message of both Isaiah and Jesus, which we find in the Bible when read in its original historical context, rather than through theologies later imposed upon it. A new understanding of love can help us not only to appreciate the Bible in a different way, but also to find the strength we need to meet life's difficulties.