Not too long ago, I did a sermon series I called “COEXIST.” You have probably seen the bumperstickers. The idea, in my mind, is that there are a lot of different faith and belief systems or you might call them “world views.” And even though we differ in our views, we can and should learn how to co-exist. We can inhabit the same space without hatred, anger, deceit, mistrust, etc.
But, more and more, so many people I talk to are saying something similar to this: “There are all these different religions, but we all believe and worship the same God. They are just different ways to God.” Not much shocks me anymore, but I am completely shocked at the number of people who keep telling me this.
Anyway…one of my favorite pastors/leaders, Rick Warren, was accused of saying something similar to this. Click here to read his response. I totally agree with him. Here is the first question and answer in the interview:
QUESTION: Do people of other religions worship the same God as Christians?
WARREN: Of course not. Christians have a view of God that is unique. We believe Jesus is God! We believe God is a Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Not 3 separate gods but one God. No other faith believes Jesus is God. My God is Jesus. The belief in God as a Trinity is the foundational difference between Christians and everyone else. There are 2.1 billion people who call themselves Christians… whether Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Pentecostal, or Evangelical…and they all have the doctrine of the Trinity in common.