Janet Caudwell: Those faithful who devote themselves to doing good
"RELIGION at the heart of cruelty and suffering" was the arresting headline over a letter in last week's Frome Standard.
And the opening paragraph concluded with this statement "…look at what drives the cruelty and suffering inflicted on both humans and animals – mainstream religion".
I have some sympathy with this view: a cursory glance at the world's news does seem to confirm that much misery is meted out in the apparent name of different religions. And that is shameful.
The founder of Christianity gave two commandments to his disciples: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength; and love your neighbour as yourself."
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The deceptive simplicity of these two statements: putting God at the centre of our lives, and reflecting His love and compassion in all that we say and do, is what drives the Christians I know.
Earlier this week members of different church groups in the town and surrounding villages met in Rook Lane Chapel to join in worshipping God, in obedience to Christ's first commandment.
But we are all conscious of that second commandment. Among those worshipping there, were Christians who quietly, without attracting headlines, support young and old, families and individuals in so many ways: at the YMCA, at the HOPEFrome coffee van, in contact and lunch groups, through the food bank, in times of bereavement or celebration, in personal interaction with any who turn to us for help.