1. Concept of "The Chosen People"
Henri Boulad surveyed world religions and found that each one of them considered its adherents to be "the Chosen People" of God. That was the case in the Roman, African, Hindu, Egyptian and Greek religions of ancient times and the idea of chosen people is highly elaborate in Jewish, Islamic, and Christian identities. Each considers itself to be the privileged people that God blesses and protects against their enemies. However, in the Gospel we detect in Jesus' words to the Samaritan a different meaning for true religion of God. The encounter with the Samaritan woman is found in the Gospel according to St. John: [So he came to a city of Samar'ia, called Sy'char, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samar'ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samar'ia?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.] (John 4: 5-9).
2. Worship of God in spirit and truth
How should we understand worship of God in spirit and truth? the free spirit not burdened with sin?
3. We will be judged according to our good deeds regardless of religious rites
4. Why go to Church? Why be baptized? Why receive the sacraments?
5. Who can we hope will be with God in his kingdom?
6. True Religion
Christ is the goal and God of true religion. His Church is the instrument par excellence that offers his grace in teachings, sacraments (that are signs of God's hidden grace) and actual charity to all. Rituals are not what saves. We have to work our eternal joy and salvation with Him and his Spirit. It is in the relationship with God the Father of all, his Messiah and his Spirit that you and I can have eternal joy. As St. Ignatius of Loyola taught, we find the Triune God in every relationship we have with his creation - a relationship that the Spirit of Truth helps us to attain here and now through constant conversion and renewal.