LETTER: Thought on religion

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The night before Good Friday a shopkeeper in Glasgow lost his life after he posted a message on social media wishing a very happy Good Friday to his ‘beloved Christian nation’ and encouraging people to ‘Follow The Real Footstep Of Beloved Holy JESUS’.

The news is shocking and disturbing, not least because the man who lost his life for writing these words was not a Christian, but a devout Ahmadi Muslim named Asad Shah.

The idea of a Muslim following Jesus may be a startling one to some people, but religious labels are dangerous things.

After all, do all those who identify themselves as ‘Christians’ follow Jesus’ teaching?

No, even though following Jesus is supposed to be what Christianity is all about.

When we appear before God to give an account of our lives, he will not look at whether we wrote ‘Christian’ when asked to state our religion.

If Jesus is the Saviour of the world, what ultimately matters will be how we respond to what we know of him.

TIM CARTER

Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham

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