Monday, December 8, 2008

Well it's half right, volume II

I receently wrote this post about this bumper sticker, and Cindy at "Life is Good" asked me to share some more of my thoughts...
My first thought when I saw this bumper sticker was " ridiculous!" I initially chalked it up as a politically correct sticker, in a misguided attempt to promote acceptance of all religions, increase tolerance, and such. And then I got offended, and frankly, quite riled up. I believe that the message we are supposed to get from this is that all religions are ok since ultimately they are all worshipping the same god, and thus all are valid. And some such nonsense...

But after mulling it over, I think it is more insidious than that. If we push the stated premise just a little further, it falls apart pretty quickly. So, for the sake of argument, let's assume it is true any single religion is too small for God to "fit", and God spans more than one religion, and as implied here, He spans many or all of them. I simply can't reconcile that with the fact that the simplest survey of the major religions uncovers disagreements and conflicts on fundamental premises such as the divinity of Christ, the Trinity, one God vs. multiple gods, the afterlife, the presence or absence of heaven and hell, reincarnation, etc. You can find some info here. Contrary to what this bumper sticker is saying, all religions cannot be right; there are core beliefs about God where there is no common ground.
Secondly, I dislike using the "religion" to describe Christianity. Religion has been defined as man's attempts to reach God, to connect to the divine, whereas Christianity is about God's plan to reach and restore mankind. As many before me have said, Christianity is not a religion, but rather a relationship.

I think what it boils down to is that this bumper sticker is feeding us a lie from Satan, mainly that we can define God to be whatever we want, and make a religion that goes along with those beliefs, and we end up worshipping the God of our imagination. Truly a lie from the pits of hell...

Have a blessed day!


Cindy said...

I think you hit the nail on the head. It is a lie from the pit. There is only one way to God and that is through His son Jesus. I think that concept is so offensive to some people because the Enemy has blinded them to the Truth.

I think that people today are concocting their own "feel good" religion that fits in with their view on life. They think it is alright to twist the Word of God into whatever fits their beliefs. They are trying to mold God into what they want Him to be.

Leah said...

I think we are going to see more and more of this kind of thing and less and less of the truth in the coming days. Of course, the Bible told us these things would come!!

Great thoughts.

Oh, by the way, the pink feather trees at Life is Good ---'cute in a poodle parlor kind of way'. Pulllleeeessse. I gave Cindy such grief over them. LOL!! Of course, I am the 'friend' with whom she was planning to drop them off at my doorstep!!