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Inclusivity

"There is something boundary shattering about the imitatio dei that stood at the center of Jesus’ message and activity. 'Be compassionate as God is compassionate.' Whereas purity divides and excludes, compassion unites and includes. (The purity system created a world with sharp social boundaries between pure and impure, righteous and sinner, whole and not whole, male and female, rich and poor, Jew and Gentile…)"    - Marcus J. Borg ; Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time


"It is practice, not 'the right name,' that is recognized in the kingdom. This teaching also forbids the erection of exclusive and rigid social boundaries around the community of faith. Jesus seems to understand the relationship between the power of monopoly and the monopoly of power; the quickest way to undermine aspirations to social control is to keep the definitions of 'belonging' ultimately fluid and inclusive."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."    - Jesus ; Matthew 8.11-12


"Before every person there marches an angel proclaiming, 'Behold, the image of God.'"    - Jewish Proverb ;


"Not till the sun excludes you, do I exclude you."    - Walt Whitman ; Leaves of Grass


"So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless."    - Jesus ; Matthew 22.10-12


"Those who say, 'I love God,' and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen."    - John ; 1 John 4.20


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