HOW TO “COEXIST”… AND KEEP YOUR FAITH

 

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When I see one of those bumper stickers instructing me to “COEXIST” (or else…), a little chill goes down my spine because I realize it’s an icon of the growing war against Christian culture and civilization, and against me specifically, just as it is a war against you specifically, whether you are a Christian or not.

I saw an amusing version of the bumper sticker which read “Coexist – you first”.

What people who would have us “coexist” really mean is that Christians (they have no argument with Hindus, Moslems, Scientologists, etc.) must accept the concept that all beliefs are equally valid and equally true. Christians should forget all about that narrow, out dated, bigoted notion that there is only one way to view morality, and that there is only one God, and that there is only one way to God. If you want to believe that God is a teapot, or that there are a million gods, or that little green men “seeded” life on the earth, or that we all evolved out of a big lump of rock which was made by an expansion of nothing and that there is no God, that’s being sensible, inclusive and loving: if you want to believe that life shows abundant evidence of design, that there’s only one God (you know-like there’s only one President), and that we should all recognize Him, you’re mentally unstable, bigoted,  narrow minded, hateful, ignorant and intolerant.

Well, I for one am more than proud and happy to wear all those labels, because I know what I believe, because I’m not ashamed of my God, and because I’m promised a reward for accepting such insults:

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…” (Matthew 5: 11-12 NIV).

I am very able and willing to treat all people equally, no matter what their beliefs. I can be polite and kind to them, and I can enjoy their company and their contribution to our world. In this sense I’m happy to “coexist”. But I’m not going to throw away what I believe and know to be true, and deny my own convictions. I’m not going to “keep my beliefs to myself”, because I would be denying others the chance of finding hope and truth, and I would be disobeying my Lord. I’m not going to cave in to the pressure to believe that all things are true and nothing is true, because Jesus said:

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7: 13-14 NIV);

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14: 6).

No one is going to talk me into believing that there are ten gods, a million gods, and no god all at the same time, and no one is going to talk  me into believing that it doesn’t matter anyway.

When people insult or persecute you for being a Christian, they are persecuting Jesus himself (Acts 9: 1-5). Armageddon is a battle to attempt to stop Christ returning to earth (Revelation 19:19). The war against Jesus Christ is heating up: it’s already in full swing in some parts of the world, where some of our brothers and sisters are being attacked, locked up or murdered. It’s time for you and I, while we still live in this more insipid Western war against Jesus Christ, to decide we’re going to stand by our convictions and take the insults. A time is coming when the entire world will be tested: the feint-hearted and the fakes will fall away and join the fight against us. It’s time to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6: 10-18). Victory is assured. All we have to do is stay faithful.

8 thoughts on “HOW TO “COEXIST”… AND KEEP YOUR FAITH

  1. Love, love, love this post. Unfortunately it’s becoming all too common for people to silence those they disagree with in the name of tolerance and political correctness. What people don’t realize is that in doing that they’re essentially saying those they disagree with do not deserve the freedom if free speech.

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    1. I think that your accusation that I am a bigot backfires on you. I do not believe in a world where everyone is right, and neither do you obviously, or you would not have fired that accusation at me…

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      1. I’m wrong about many things, you ask my wife, but I will not put my beliefs into a melting pot to be destroyed, and I’m sure that as an atheist you will not compromise your belief that there is no God. So if I am a bigot, so are you!

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      2. Well, that’s not a very good argument. You have just equated non-belief to belief in what has no evidence. The trouble for theists is not atheists or people who want all to be treated equal. The real trouble for folk such as you is this: there are millions of people in the world that believe in a god and they think you are wrong or worse, they think you’re going to hell. Unless and until you can convince them you’re right there is no reason that I should even listen to you. In my world all religious folk are deluded, bigoted, superstitious, hate mongers. You can’t even convince people that want to believe in a god that you are right… You adamantly do not want to accept their beliefs or even respect them but you can’t convince anyone that you’re right. I’m not trying to convince anyone… so who is the bigot?

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      3. Dear sir, with respect, my post was not an effort to cover the evidence for my faith, and neither does it contain a series of personal insults of others as your comment does. For that I forgive you. Yes, you are trying to convince me,.that I am hateful, ignorant, bigoted etc. I said nothing about you going to hell, so why did you…? I said in my post that I can happily treat people with other beliefs with politeness and kindness-you have accused me of having no respect for them. Please get your facts straight. No I do not want to accept their beliefs, and neither do you, so which of us is worse? My beliefs are as much based on evidence as faith, and having been to one or two world class natural history museums, I have seen no real evidence for evolution, just a few bones, and the imaginings and rantings of people who wish that there were no creator. You may have the last word – I can take it, but don’t expect another reply, because this discussion is completely fruitless.

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