The Rev. Holly McKissick, Peace Christian Church: He was sitting on the playground, cross-legged and bent over, his 5-year-old body perfectly still. From the back he looked like a Tibetan monk guarding a treasure on his lap, cradling something precious.
Arvind Khetia, engineer and Hindu: Hinduism recognizes that the finite human mind cannot fully comprehend the infinite, therefore, the various religions are seen as so many interpretations of one ultimate reality.
Elder Donald D. Deshler, of the Seventy, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: To understand the Day of Judgment referred to throughout Holy Scripture, it is important to consider a question that all people ask: “What is the purpose of our life on Earth?”
Rabbi Mark H. Levin, Congregation Beth-Torah, Kansas City, Mo.: Identity influences faith. Formative childhood experiences often determine adult religion. Other factors exist, however.
The Rev. Paul Rock, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church:
A.M. Bhattacharyya, Hindu adviser of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council:
Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Overland Park, Kan.:
Duke Tufty, Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.: Since the beginning of organized religion, there has been some conception of hell.
Mohamed Kohia, Rockhurst University professor: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The evil eye is real, and if anything were to overtake the divine decree (al-Qadar) it would be the evil eye.”
The Rev. Penny Ellwood, Blue Springs, Mo., United Methodist Church of the Resurrection: My short answer is, “keep praying.” Unfortunately, the short answer isn’t particularly motivating or helpful without a longer conversation.
Pastor Betty Hanna-Witherspoon, Ebenezer Church, Kansas City, Mo.: This quotation may be built on Jesus’ encounter with Satan as found in Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-12. In these passages, Satan uses Scripture to lure Jesus into exercising pride and pursuing fame and power. Jesus turns aside Satan’s use of Scripture to tempt him into demonstrations of his greatness with quotes from other passages. These passages counter Satan’s arguments that would lure him away from his ministry/calling.
The Rev. Justin Hoye, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kansas City, Mo.: “Keep doing what you’re doing.”