Sunday, November 2, 2008

What is the difference between Christ's exclusivity and religious bigotry?

The question posed here is one that harbors an exclusive tone. “What is the difference between Christ’s exclusivity” implies that the burden of proof is put on Christ over and above some other religious view.

Let us not forget, contrary to popular belief, that all religions are exclusive by their very nature. One of the current candidates for the highest office has said that he believes all religious traditions are just different paths to the same place [destiny]. Nothing could be furthest from the truth.

Do you know what you would get if you were to put a Muslim cleric in the same room with a Christian, Mormon defender and other philosophers from the other religions? You would find very quickly that all those scholars would make their cases why their faith is right and the others are not as right or totally wrong. Each religion has their tenets that make it set apart from the others. While each religion embraces a moral law of some kind, they all differ in areas of man’s nature, view of God, view of salvation, post mortem survival dogmas, and their sacred books.

The other side of the question is regarding religious bigotry. It is not correct to call a person a bigot if they espouse their religion to be true and another’s false. It is bigotry when you do not allow the person from another faith the opportunity to share why their faith may be true against all others.

All religions are exclusive by their very nature. If you look at any of the major religions, you would find that there are certain tenets that make it unique to itself in contrast to the other religions. Although there is an exclusive nature to Hinduism that sets it apart from Islam, and to Islam which sets it apart from Judaism and Christianity, the issue of religious tolerance is one that runs roughshod into the face of religious bigotry.

The test as to who is right and who is wrong comes in evaluating the claims of Jesus Christ versus all the other religious leaders. If Jesus made some claims, and possessed attributes that set him apart from Muhammad, Moses, and the gurus of Hinduism and the monks of Buddhism. If these attributes set him apart from any other religious leader, would you be willing to consider his claims and his life, and respond to what he desires for you?

Is this bigoted? I think not. When you set your presuppositions aside and wrap your mind around the reality of Christ’s claims, you will be confronted with having to make a decision. Are you willing to do that?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ever Wonder Why Apologetics Training is Needed in the Church?

I was reading a local Baptist newspaper/bulletin and came across an interesting article. The article was speaking about a response to some advocating sending our kids out to be trained in an institution where the world view of that institution is anti-Christian. We wonder why our kids are leaving the faith in droves once they leave home for college. Consider some of the facts that stem from this article.

We are witnessing a growing trend within Christendom wherein many liberal church leaders worldview is "If God's Word doesn't agree with my view on morality, then I'm right and God is wrong - He needs to get with it." How arrogant is this?!? The quote goes on, "Why not support and send our children to an anti-Christian government school? No problem." Oh really? Consider the following:

A 2002 report by the Baptist Council on Family Life found that 88% of children from evangelical homes who attend government schools leave the church within 2 years of graduation from high school, and most never return. The writer in the article said that this was an optimistic study? George Barna states that the number of children lost to the world is now approaching 96%.

With all the time that the church does not have compared and contrasted with the schools, isn't it high time the churches begin serious apologetics training starting at the elementary level all the way through high school? This is not for government school kids, but also for the Christian school kids as well.

Something to think about eh? At the same time, I will have more to say on this issue at a later time. -- RL