Coexist?

I’m sure you’ve probably seen the “Coexist” bumper sticker. If not, it’s basically a bumper sticker that supports the idea of acceptance. According to those who have this bumper sticker, we should be tolerant of everyone’s beliefs, no matter what religious group they may be connected with. The symbols on the sticker represent all the major religions (including Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Wicca). According to these individuals, we are all on different paths to the same place and therefore need to accept the beliefs of all others.

I have only one problem with this idea: it’s not what the Bible teaches. According to the Bible there is ONE Gospel. When Paul wrote to the Galatians, he reminded them of this point. Here’s what it says:

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”  – Galatians 1:6-10 (NAS)

There is one Gospel. No matter what any other person may say, it is only in Christ that we can receive eternal life. And though the “Coexist” bumper sticker pushes for unity, it is only in Christ that we can find true unity. Jesus was called the Way and that’s exactly what He is. He’s not a way. He’s not one of many ways. He is the Way. That is where unity is found.

These ideas were also presented in a sermon I preached in chapel at Bear Valley. Feel free to listen to it here.

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About jbroberts

I'm a preacher student at the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. View all posts by jbroberts

4 responses to “Coexist?

  • Rachel

    I am enjoying this blog very much! Thanks for posting! Are there any “like” buttons for this? 🙂 God bless you!

  • Jon

    are you saying that you as a christina are better than others and that people of other faiths should be treated with less respect?

    • jbroberts

      Jon,
      In no way do I believe that non-Christians should be treated with less respect. As a Christian, I believe that everyone (regardless of what they believe) should be treated with respect and kindness. Never do I talk down to a person or belittle a person simply because they are not a Christian.
      Having said that, I don’t take the stance that everyone can be right when it comes to what they believe. I truly believe there is such a thing as absolute truth. With so many religions that contradict one another, I don’t see how they can all be right. I believe there must be a right way and a wrong way.
      After my studies, I believe that the Bible is is that absolute truth. All the evidence that I see supports that and therefore I choose to believe that we should do everything we can to pattern our lives after the Bible. Not just because I think it will help to live a moral life but because I believe that is the only way to obtain a relationship with God.
      Again, I do not say this in order to disrespect certain individuals. I will and always have treated those from other religions with respect and kindness. I just cannot bring myself to believe that every belief can be the correct one.
      I hope that this answers your questions. Please let me know if there are any other questions I can help you with.

      Jeremy

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