Christians Should Never Compromise Just to Coexist

By Neil Edlin

Have you seen the bumper sticker that uses symbols of different world religions (as well as secular symbols) to spell out the word COEXIST? The idea behind the slogan is that everyone of all religions (and those of no religion) should get along. Christians, of course, should agree to this…in a qualified sense.

The COEXIST bumper sticker is implying (or demanding) more than just “everyone live together in harmony.” What it calls for is that all people of all different religions, along with the non-religious, should recognize that no one religion is more right or true than any of the others: all religions are equally true. All of them are pointing the way to the same god; all religions and beliefs are valid. Even those of no religion are lumped into this mindset.

This is where the Christian must disagree.

When it comes to the fundamental beliefs and doctrines of each religion of the world, there is a great variety and great disagreement; there are even contradictory beliefs between religions. For example, Christianity teaches that Jesus was crucified; Islam teaches He was not crucified. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam teach that there is only one god. Buddhism teaches polytheism, meaning that there are many gods, and Hinduism has three main gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

Each religion of the world draws its teaching from a different source. The Christian uses the Bible. Judaism uses only the Old Testament of the same Bible but rejects the New Testament. Islam uses the Qur’an. Hindus have the Vedas and the Upanishads, in addition to other sources.

The founder of each religion taught something different from the founders of the other religions. The view of the afterlife differs from religion to religion, so we cannot establish that all religions are the same. Some do have things in common, but each also has its own unique elements, and each contains doctrines or beliefs that contradict the doctrines and beliefs of others.

Moreover, Christianity makes specific, narrow, and exclusionary claims. For example…

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Christians Should Never Compromise Just to Coexist