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First UN passed "World Interfaith Harmony Week" first week in Feb.

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  • First UN passed "World Interfaith Harmony Week" first week in Feb.

    On 20 October 2010, largely unnoticed by the world, the UN general assembly unanimously passed a resolution declaring the first full week of each February the World Interfaith Harmony Week. The resolution, first proposed by King Abdullah II of Jordan, is unique in the annals of the UN because of its explicit mention of God (albeit in a way that does not exclude those who don't ascribe to a religion) and because it promotes harmonious interfaith relations in a way that specifically draws attention to the scriptural and theological basis for such relations.

    Obviously resolutions, no matter how well-meaning, do not by themselves alter the world; but this resolution does encourage people who believe in inter-religious harmony and mutual acceptance to challenge those whose narrow and often ignorant view of other religions leads to discord and division. It acknowledges that religious discourse on social behaviour is central to the way the 21st century develops.

    The mention of "love of God and love of one's neighbour" is also important because without it devout Christians, Muslims and Jews are not likely to sincerely get behind the resolution – since "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God" (Luke 4:4 and Matthew 4:4) and "Verily the remembrance of God is of all things the greatest" (Qur'an, 29:45). Equally, the mention of "love of the good and love of one's neighbour" is important because, while the good is God for believers, love of the good and the neighbour is the very essence of goodwill for all people.

    The week thus has an unprecedented potential to globally turn the tide against religious tensions by: uniting the efforts of all the interfaith groups doing positive work within one focused theme, thereby increasing their collective momentum; harnessing the collective might of the world's second-largest infrastructure (that of places of worship) specifically for peace and harmony; and permanently and regularly encouraging the silent majority of preachers to publicly declare themselves for peace and harmony and providing a ready-made vehicle for them to do so.

    If you are a "layperson" of goodwill there are many things you can do. These may include inviting neighbours of various faiths for a cup of tea or coffee or a chat; watching an edifying movie with neighbours; organising a multicultural bazaar; doing joint community work; feeding the homeless; planting a community garden; painting an interfaith mural; reading together; praying together; talking to your own families about the need for tolerance and harmony; or just going out of your way to greet someone of a different faith.

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    It just irks me to no end how people lightly toss around the name of God! The apostasy is gaining strength..BUT some day Jesus will return and everyone will know the Truth!