The HOSPITALER is sitting in a chair opposite BALIAN, eating.
HOSPITALER: “How find you Jerusalem?”
BALIAN: “God does not speak to me. Not even on the hill where Christ died. [Balian stands up] I am outside God’s grace.”
HOSPITALER: “I have not heard that.”
BALIAN: “At any rate, I have lost my religion.”
HOSPITALER: (speaking softly). “No matter.” (as Balian’s sword is belted on by an attendant). “I put no stock in “religion”.”
BALIAN is surprised by this response since the older knight has holy orders.
HOSPITALER: “By the word “religion” I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage in behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. Goodness, what God desires, is here..
(With two fingers he touches Balian’s forehead, and then his heart).
HOSPITALER: And here. By what you decide to do every day you will be a good man or
This short dialogue shows an amazingly good grasp and explanation of the deeper truths of Christianity -- truly serving God by giving Him your heart and mind daily and experiencing God through everyday service to others. Of course, the entire discussion presupposes the salvation of the person by Jesus Christ. But after salvation, there is a great spectrum of experiences that people can have with God. But the Bible clearly shows that loving service of others is God’s preferred method of showing our love for Him. This principle is clearly revealed through the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 25:31-46 (the separation of the sheep from the goats through their actions of service or lack thereof) and through Isaiah 58 (the fasting, or worship, that pleases God manifested in acts of service to people).
I pray that you will truly experience God’s love in your life, especially through service to those around you.