Another must-read article from Mike Oppenheimer of Let Us Reason Ministries (www.letusreason.org), addressing the convergence of all false religions into a unified, global religion. Increasingly promoted by many mainstream evangelicals and Catholics under the auspices of ‘ecumenism’ or ‘interfaith dialogue’, this movement is an outright attack on orthodox Christianity, the authority of Scripture as God’s perfect word, and the very nature and character of the Almighty God revealed therein.
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When ALL RELIGIONS become one
Its been stated there are only two religious systems in the world, though there are thousands of religions. The most popular system is that man makes his own way to God and does various works to please him, to be accepted by Him (or her, or it). The other way, the true way – That God came from heaven, became man, did the work for mankind that no other man could do and man needs to accept it and live by it.
All religion’s have man pleasing God by his own hands, by their deeds. They are trying to reach upward to God; building their stairway to heaven. The difference: Christianity teaches man is unable to reach God, so God himself reached downward with his own Son from heaven. Became a man to accomplish the solution to our dilemma, which has always been sin. He offers by the gospel to each one of us is to make a personal decision to follow Christ, not join a religion or become a member of a church.
There are many in our postmodern culture that claim the creator God in the various cultures is the same. This is validated because of some similarities of what is said to be good and what is evil. But none match ANY of the qualities, or descriptions of the God of the Bible? You find immense differences when you go under the surface level arguments.
Ecumenism says since other nations (and religions) do not accept us we must change and adopt some of their beliefs, conglomerate so that we can move toward a peaceful coexistence. This means they wants us to surrender our convictions to those who have a different set of beliefs.
The new openness in church are really re-education centers. They call this progress, (futurism?) for a new age.
In almost every culture around the world, the religion found in these cultures usually had a supreme creator God (above other gods) who lived in the heavens. Most were not Monotheistic, but had multiple gods who often were associated with nature (Romans 1 explains this). Many had a supreme being with other gods under him, some have a goddess. Some claim God to be the same one in all cultures but the cultures describe his nature very different then the bible.
All these description’s of the different religion’s have irreconcilable difference’s with God’s nature, his principle’s & man’s relationship to him. That is because All religion’s are not the same, There are major contradiction’s in their fundamental core beliefs.
While there was a common beginning, according to Rom. 1 as the civilization moved further away from the time of Genesis, their knowledge of God that was already corrupted and became more corrupted until we arrive in history at where we are today.
In Genesis God has already pronounced his judgment on these gods and mans departure from him by a flood. After the flood when God was developing Israel into a theocracy NOT one culture around the Mesopotamia area was accepted. 1 Chronicles 16:26: “For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.”
The Bible says” God is not a man that he should lie.” James writes there is no variation or shadow of turning in him. Jesus said “I am the truth, the word is truth.” God is not going to tell people of various different things on same subject. Truth by it’s very nature is internally, and eternally consistent, if there are various teaching’s that are contradictory then they cannot come from the same God.
We see the use of syncretism as many take the god[s] of their culture and religion and presume their god is the same God (Yahweh) of the Bible. That all the different religions worship the same God with different names. Worshipping a different God does not only mean one with a different name; it can also be a different concept of God with the same name. God did not consider these other gods another name for himself and neither should we.
Josh 23:7-9: “and lest you go among these nations, these who remain among you. You shall not make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause anyone to swear by them; you shall not serve them nor bow down to them.”
Israel was constantly instructed, ie. in Deut. 12:30-32: “take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ “You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way.”
Deut 18:9: “you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.”
Psalms 40:4 Micah 4:5: both mention those who turn aside to false gods. Yes there are false god’s, monotheistic gods and polytheistic gods.
Allah –Some people do this with Islam saying, “Allah had a son who is Jesus.” This is wrong to do. You are changing the Muslims religion. Every Muslim knows that the Qur’an states God does not beget nor have a son. Herein lies the danger of the modern recontextualization, it is a revision of a religion. We cannot forget or eliminate that one must have a revelation of Truth by God’s Holy Spirit to truly be converted to Christ. Conversion does not take place by moving two opposing pieces together illegitimately to make them fit by compromise.
If Allah is God’s name and represents God’s nature then He cannot be the God of the Bible. Yahweh is not Allah, since to us Yahweh has a Son and is triune in His nature of being the One God. Yahweh loves Israel and gave them his oracles (Rom.3:2), Allah does not have anything to do with Israel. History shows us that Allah is the name of a well-known deity among the pagans before Mohammed even challenged the people with his brand of monotheism.
The Lord says there is “none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.” This is how God describes Himself—by prophecy. If the other religions God is the true God, why didn’t He tell them anything that is written in the Bible? Where is their prophecy? If their god does not mention Israel, then you eliminate thousands of years of history that God has specifically interacted with man and gave his revelation to. Therefore common sense (besides Biblical knowledge) tells us he is not the same.
We can see the whole world moving toward cooperation politically and interfaith cooperation is a must for this to take place.
For example cultures used the name of their own gods and people inserting them in the corrupted portions of the creation story or flood. If the story of the beginning is missing or corrupted, then how can this be from God? Is God not accurate? Having portions of the truth or pieces of the flood stories does not mean they have a record given by God but faint corrupted portions, inaccurate memories from passed on tradition. Though there is similarities at times, this does not mean sameness.
Why didn’t God tell them they were worshipping him wrong? Because their gods were not the true God! If the gods of these nations do not have the same teaching of God and his nature found in the Bible then they cannot be the same. If they do not have the same prophecy written in the Bible then he cannot be the same God.
There is a promotion of hybrid Christianity taking place on several fronts- one book in particular- Perpetuated in Righteousness has forged these new methods. Its author, D. Kikawa writes: “Christians should cease representing Jesus as the Son of the foreign God of a foreign people, especially if these foreigners had never shown concern for nor had any involvement in the lives or culture of the natives. We should instead introduce Jesus as the Son of their creator God. God lovingly created them in the beginning never left them without a witness and, in his great love for them, even sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for them!” (Perpetuated in Righteousness, p.27)
This is the basis for the new contextualization evangelism—telling people their god[s] of their nation or culture had a son and that their god’s son is Jesus Christ. This does more damage than good because it misrepresents the God of the Scripture in so many ways.
The true God says: Jer. 10:11: “Thus you shall say to them: “The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens.”
God says there are other god’s, they are false gods.
This is interspirituality/ interfaith- When you say the god of another culture had a son and then name that son Jesus Christ You are synthesizing beliefs, syncretising religions. You are turning their false god[s] into the True God by stating their god had a son. Implying that their (false) “supreme being” god has the same qualities as the True God and has fulfilled the Bible’s prophecy.
The real Jesus is specifically of the Hebrew lineage. They are separating Jesus from the people and religion wherein He came to earth by (Jn.1:11), they are making another Jesus. A Jesus for all nations – taken from those nations. Make no mistake about it … this becomes “another Jesus” and “another gospel”.
2 Samuel 7:23-24: “And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name– … whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods?
God called Israel out of Egypt and He constantly warns them not to take on the practices of the nations around them. There are no redeeming qualities that the Lord ever mentions for Israel to take with them. Yet when people synthesize beliefs they are taking on the practices of these other god[s].
Daniel Kikawa, Aloha ke Akua website “that He left many treasures and worthy traditions within their culture, and that He desires they freely worship Him with, and celebrate, the beautiful and unique cultural expressions that flow from them.”
“God is now calling forth from among the indigenous communities of the world that good deposit which He has made in them of their cultures, their languages, their musical expressions… as an expression of praise and worship unto Himself.”
How can God call forth something that He has not put there? The assumption is that God formed ALL the nations and cultures (specifically) and purposely put things in their cultures that were equal to what He did with Israel. Cultures are manmade, not God-given. They are diverse as the people’s tastes in the world. The majority of ancient cultures were a mixture of pagan religious practices, they were polytheistic and animistic. These ancient cultures were made into a society, a community bound together by common interests, which often had a religious significance. This is denying the revelation God gave Israel exclusively, the 10 commandments (603 commands), the land he promised Abraham for his descendents, and the Messiah that would come through David’s lineage. Yet people (pastors) do not see this as a problem.
There is only one nation in history God has directly ruled over, Israel. There are no others (including America). To say God was working in all the nations and cultures depositing his truth, is far removed from what God himself says in the Bible.
Our Christianity is directly linked to Judaism not other religions and their practices. Every religion, except Judaism, is manmade – Christianity is the completion of Judaism.
The other cultures did not worship the true God who told Israel Deut. 6:13-14: “You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you” (also Deut. 4:27-32). These gods had names and practices contrary to what God gave to Israel.
The gods of the nations were different gods than the God of Israel. What they perceived as God in their own culture is not the same God presented in the Bible. Not one nation had the same God as Israel. This is why God took Abraham from among the pagan people and taught him to have true faith. How are we to make a connection to these cultures past and say their god is the same or had a son when there is no history of this? How can they find any redeeming religious qualities in their cultures that God supposedly put there if they were not worshipping the true God?
The fact is: they worshipped false gods. God says in Deut. 32:17-39 “They sacrificed to demons, which are not God.” 1 Chronicles 16:26: “For all the gods of the nations are idols.” And that “these the nations are defiled” (Leviticus 18:24).
Deut.18:9: “you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.” Josh. 23:7-9: “You shall not make mention of the name of their gods, …you shall not serve them nor bow down to them.”
There were only two groups God recognized in the Old Testament after Abraham – the Jews and the gentiles. Today these groups are believers and unbelievers. God personally gave the truth to (Israel) – the other nations and cultures invented their own ways to God, thus we have hundreds and thousands of religions. The Bible speaks directly on this matter, Ephesians 2:11-12: Speaking of the Gentiles “— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”
Jeremiah explains what actually took place by the false prophets who replaced the true God to the people, “who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal” (Jer 23:27). We are seeing the same today.
Yeshua – Jesus, means God is salvation (but Which God? It is The God of Israel). The Gospel is focused on a Person and the name represents that Person’s nature and function. The name is equally as important as the work that person (who is the Lord) did for us. Can you imagine the early church teaching people everywhere to call on the gods of their cultures or nations as God, such as Hananim, Io, Shang Ti, Allah, Amenominakanushi, or any other god’s name? That is exactly what this new evangelism is doing. In fact look at what Paul did at Mars Hill where the philosophers of the day had representations of all they knew as God, he took the one point that was not in common with any of them, the resurrection and then explained what the truth is.
To use ancient names of other gods from other religions opens the door to forming a one world church – It is bringing back Babel. It is promoting a form of universalism. Jesus said Rev. 2:13: “you hold fast to My name.” In Rev. 3:7 Jesus commends the church for keeping both his word and his name.” It become apparent that God wants us to know Him by name, for His name represents to us His nature; who He is. And he has given mankind only one name for them to be saved Acts 4:12, there is no other name.
This is why the Bible is unique above all other so called Holy Book’s. It’s written by over 40 different author’s on 3 different continent’s over a period of almost 1600 yrs. yet they all agree upon the nature of God and man and it’s world view.
You cannot find the living God in other religions. If all the nations knew God, then Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations would be useless.
Rom. 10:14-15: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
Showing love to the people of a religion should be distinguished from an endorsement of their religion. We need to make the distinction of loving the people and challenging their false religious system we are to deliver them from! The Bible addresses the nations and it is specifically a religious issue with how they worship their gods as opposed to the one true God (Romans 1) and how he has instructed us to come to him and worship.
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