I received a good amount of criticism for my previous post COEXIST? – A Destructive Delusion
Based on the comments that were made and the questions that were asked of me I have realized that the people who support COEXIST have a deeply flawed idea of truth and love.
A common question I received was: “What makes your beliefs right and everyone else’s wrong? Other people believe in their god just as much as you believe in yours.”
This question implies that belief determines truth. For example if I believe in the God of the Bible then that’s the truth for me and if someone else believes in the god of Islam, then that’s the truth for them – and we are both equally entitled to our “truths”.
That is however the very ideology that I was rejecting in my first post. The notion that multiple idea’s, multiple god’s, multiple beliefs can be equal and true for separate groups of people no matter how different or conflicting they might be. Subjective truth is a delusion that leads to destruction and the quickest way to live in falsehood is to accept all views as truth. Christianity is not true because I believed it to be, it is true independent of my views or beliefs – and all other religions are not false just because I believe them to be, but they are false independent of my views and beliefs. God has revealed His truth to the world through Jesus Christ and I have embraced it.
In John chapter 17 Jesus prays an incredible prayer for His disciples at the time and for everyone throughout all time that would believe in and follow Him. It’s too long of a prayer to include on this blog, so I will highlight crucial verses in it but I encourage everyone to read the whole prayer which spans the entirety of the chapter.
John 17:1-6, 17-21, 25-26
“Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. 2 For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. 3 And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. 4 I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began…. 6 I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world…17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth…20 I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me…25 O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
Again I encourage you to read the full prayer but lets take a look at the claims Jesus has made in theses verses (Not necessarily in chronological order.)
First and most importantly Jesus claims that He existed before the world was created and He was one with God. Jesus also claims that the world does not know the true and living God, the One who created all things – but that He has revealed God to His disciples and He was sending His disciples out into the world to be witnesses of the true God so that anyone who hears might believe. Jesus claims that the way to eternal life is through knowing the one true God, and Himself. Jesus prays for all of His followers that they be made holy by Gods truth and that His word is truth.
If you’re familiar with Johns book then you know that in the very beginning of the book John reveals that Jesus Christ is the Word of God. This is important because when we read that Gods word is truth we can know for certain that Jesus Christ is truth and everything that comes out of His mouth is faithful and true.
So now to connect back into the opening of my post – the question is not “What makes your beliefs true and other beliefs false?” the real question is “What decision will you make concerning Jesus Christ?”
I have chosen to accept and believe that Jesus is who He says He is – so when I spread the message that we must be born again to have eternal life and that the only way to be born again is through believing in and surrendering to Jesus Christ, how can that be considered hateful or intolerant if it is truth? If what Jesus claims is in fact true, then the real hate would be found in withholding this information from people who are ignorant of it. Love must be firmly rooted in truth or it is not real love. This means that if the claims of Jesus are true, COEXIST is not an option, because to COEXIST would be to hate and Jesus has not called us to hate.
1 John 3:11, 18-19, 23
“11 This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another…18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God…23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.”
I do not want anyone to go to hell and I do not want anyone to be permanently separated from God – however the Word of God makes it clear that all views are not equal and there are not multiple pathways to eternal life. There is only one way to God and Jesus Christ has revealed it to us – all paths apart from Him lead to death, destruction and hell.
So when I plead with you to turn away from COEXIST and turn towards the Way, the Truth and the Life – Jesus Christ – please know that I only do so in love. How hateful would it be of me to stay silent while others believe lies that are dragging them to hell?