Crystal S. Lewis, writing at TheReligiousLeft.org, preaches an Easter sermon that goes straight to the heart of the story.
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For Buddhists, it is about how metaphysical speculation is pointless and merely induces suffering. For Hindus, it is about the ability to reach God through many paths. For Sufis, it is about using the heart rather than the mind to perceive God. For the satirist John Godfrey Saxe, the British poet who arguably introduced the story to the west, it's about the stupidity of all theology.
But this folk tale also demonstrates how different religions are, since it has been told in various ways and put to various uses by various religious groups.
Like the blind elephants, we may accidentally transform and even distort another's religion into a form wildly different from the original through our exploration.
[I]t is hardest to give grace to grace killers. You know what I mean? And I say that because when I read blog posts similar to the one referenced, I know that I struggle with anger, and indignation with this sense of “YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG!” I struggle to remind myself of this, that I should give grace to the people who fail to use it. To be gentle in one’s criticism.