Universalism – today’s modern enemy of the Gospel

(I’ll talk more on Morocco shortly)

I was talking to someone the other day who isn’t a church goer but has had some Christian upbringing.  He told me he thought it was possible that all religions follows a mostly similar set of rules and framework, and its ok to mix them together.

Here’s why this idea is a bad one, if I look at quotes from three of the most well known faiths.

Judaism has The Shema;
ְׁשמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יהוה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יהוה אֶחָד
“Shmai Y’Israel Adonai Elohinu Adonai Echad”
Hear oh Israel, the Lord is God, the Lord is one

Islam has the Shahada
لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله
“lā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muḥammadun rasūlu-llāh”
There is no god but god, Muhammad is the messenger of god

Christianity has Jesus’ proclamation of no other way;
λέγει αὐτῷ ‹ὁ› Ἰησοῦς Ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ὁδὸς καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια καὶ ἡ ζωή• οὐδεὶς ἔρχεται πρὸς τὸν Πατέρα εἰ μὴ δι’ ἐμοῦ.
I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me – John 14:6

These three quotes as you can see are mutually incompatible!   You can’t build a one-fits-all faith any more than you can make a cake out of cement!

Christianity uses the foundation parts of Judaism with many of the laws fulfilled by Jesus, Islam mimics some elements of Judaism and is considered to be a ‘Abrahamic’ faith, but its only through Jesus we have salvation.

The message of the gospel requires love but also courage to tell the truth.   If we tell people that its fine to follow another religious system then the sacrifice on the cross Jesus did means nothing.

Other religions don’t accept the trinity, and many psuedo-Christian (7th day adventists, Jehovah’s witnesses, some hyper-Hebrew Roots) groups don’t either, the trinity isn’t explicitly mentioned in the bible but it is there if you get a closer look.   I’ll blog on this soon.


One comment on “Universalism – today’s modern enemy of the Gospel

  1. Pingback: China trip – 10. Islam in Beijing and elsewhere | Brit In Jerusalem

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