You’ve seen the bumper sticker—It has the word “coexist” in stylized letters consisting of symbols from a few of the world’s religions and belief systems. The concept is nice. Well, it seems nice enough. We should be able to coexist. The truth is that we do. That coexistence has not always been peaceful or tolerant and that’s more the message the movement is trying to get across. The concept is to leave their gods alone—if they have one or any at all—and they will leave our God alone.
The deeper sentiment many have is that we so-called Christians are ignorant, intolerant, and just plain old wrong. We tend to have an exclusive view of our religion. They contend that ours is just one of many paths to God—wherever she may be. Or whatever it may be. Or you choose.
How dare we be so arrogant as to claim to have the one, true religion.
If we believe our Bible at all—at least, enough to claim to be a Christian, then we have to believe in the man, Jesus, and who he is. If we do not believe him or his message, then we are not Christians. Simple test, no judging. We believe or we don’t.
Now if we believe in Jesus, then we accept that what he said is true. If we cannot claim that, then we say he lied and that makes us fools to believe in him. So we believe in him. And what did he say about himself and God?
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”
If Jesus is “the way”, he is not one of the ways. He is “it”!
If no-one comes to God except through him, then no-one else gets to God through anyone else. Not through Mary, not through a priest, not through a statue of a fat-bellied, smiling man, etc.
If we are Christians, we HAVE to accept that the one called Christ is who he said he is and that he spoke the truth. In that case, yes, we can coexist—here on earth. There is no coexistence between Believers and non-believers once we slip across the veil of death.
We have a right to be exclusive in our belief—or we have no right to our belief.