Diversity, and the Christian Response
by Kevin Cook
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1.All religions are NOT equal. Biblical Christianity is NOT a religion to begin with, it's a relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ.
2. It is NOT the responsibility of Christians to sit down with people of other faiths and hammer out the differences.The Christians duty is to preach/spread the Gospel of Christ to the Lost of all the other religions.
3.Evangelism is the primary responsibility of the church, NOT wasting time watering down the truth in order to make others happy!
4.Christians should NEVER value the religious diversity of their communities, all other religions are false, and the people involved in them are lost.
5.Christians of course recognize that other people have other beliefs that differ from their own, but it does not mean that others are right by any means.
I must take issue with those within the Christian Church that have bought the popular lie of diversity, and multiculturalism. The statements of some so called Religious leaders that show their obvious arrogance, contempt, and ignorance of the Christian faith and the Word of God. James Merritt, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who said, "I certainly believe we ought to be tolerant in term of respecting other people's faith,"
We as fundemental Bible believing Christians of course realize that there are other religions all around us, and we realize that people in the United States have the freedom to believe what they want to, however that does not mean that we accept what they believe to be true, nor should we be tolerant of their false and unscriptural teachings. The Southern Baptist Convention in 1999 prayer book instructed its church members to "Rescue those lost in the hopeless darkness of Hinduism.Ē Is there something wrong with that statement? I donít believe so. Obviously there are those that will be greatly offended by the idea that Christians view people in other religions as lost in darkness, but this is a true statement, and no other faith offers the hope found in the Christian faith.
Upon examining the basic beliefs of Hinduism, it is no different from all the other false religions that exist today, itís central teachings are ĎpolytheismĎ, which is a belief in the existence of many godís, and Ďpantheismí which is the belief that íAll is Oneí and that ĎOne is God, thus all is GodĎ. This Hindu God is an all-encompassing, impersonal force, and a central doctrine for most eastern religions and New Age groups. Ultimately in these religions teachings one will obtain a god-like status, and live in total peace and bliss; this could be any father from the truth. Even those without any faith at all fall into the same trap of 'self is god', it's called humanism.
In Christianity, God is NOT an impersonal force because he became like us, taking upon himself the form of a man, called Jesus Christ. He also took upon himself all our sin and shame on the cross so that we could have a way to come into direct fellowship with God the Father. In Hinduism there is no such thing as sin, forgiveness for sins, or a savior. It is just another false religion where people are trying to work their own way to heaven, and those who practice this religion are indeed lost unless they turn to the truth, and find Christ while they have a chance. I donít write these things to condemn or belittle anybody, but to show them the truth that they might be saved. God wants all people to come to the truth of His Gospel and be born-again. He does not want anybody to suffer the awful torments of the Lake of Fire, and be wiped clean from Godís memory as though they never existed, ever. But this is the truth of Godís Word, that those who refuse to repent and come to Christ, will themselves be responsible for eternally shouldering Godís wrath against them. Christ withstood all of Godís wrath, and anger on the cross, as he took our pain and punishment for us. All a person needs is to believe the Gospel message, repent of their sin, and receive Godís free gift of Salvation.
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