Although I sincerely appreciate Mr. Brophy's call for tolerance, two points need to be mentioned in response to his attempt to reconcile all religions based on their commonality.
First, there is a vital difference between the Judeo-Christian religion and all other religions. Every other religion asserts that man can work his way back to fellowship with God by good deeds and good living. Biblical Judaism and Christianity, while also encouraging moral living, are the only two religions which acknowledge that all the good deeds of a lifetime cannot put us back into fellowship with a holy God who demands justice of those who sin. It is the unfathomable love of a savior who would pay this price for us which we celebrate at this time of year, and which sets Christianity apart from all other religions.
Secondly, the same Jesus that Mr. Brophy claims accepted everyone, also said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me." This one-way path to salvation is not intolerance, Mr. Brophy. Rather, it is an awesome gift which could only have been offered by the one who is both fully human and fully divine.
With all respect, I want to tell you that Christians do strive to love their brothers as themselves, and it is precisely this love that motivates us to share, at the risk of being labeled intolerant, the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Valeri Marsh, Payson