COEXIST – a lie out of Hell

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.(Colossians 2:8) You see it everywhere; especially if you’re driving down the road and staring at the back of someone’s bumper; there it is,…the bumper sticker COEXIST. The word Co-ex-ist (ko-ig-‘zist) means “to exist in mutual tolerance despite different ideologies or interests.” In other words, it doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you believe…we all should just get along. Aristotle said that tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society. How can I be “tolerant” of a belief system that is completely diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus? How can I be tolerant and accept a teaching that basically calls Jesus a liar; or worse yet, declares that Jesus is nothing but a prophet, an angel, the first created of Jehovah, or an avatar? How can a Christian remain silent and be accepting of a religion or cult that strips Jesus of His deity and reduces Him to a mere man, when the Bible declares clearly that He is God manifested in the flesh, the Second Person of the Triune God? The old adage is so true, that if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything. In our politically correct society, it seems that truth has fallen to the wayside. Our society is screaming out as Pilate did in John 18:38, “What is truth?” Yet, many Christians are remaining strangely silent when the Bible tells us to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3).The Bible tells us in Amos 3:3, “can two walk together expect they be agreed?” The answer is obvious, “NO!” Jesus said Himself that He didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34). What did He mean by this? He meant that our loyalty, our love, and our life are not to be divided elsewhere, but to be completely sold out and lived for Him; standing boldly for truth! Jesus didn’t say “I am a way, a truth, a life”…He said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). The Bible tells us in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” In other words, according to Jesus and the Bible, there is no salvation in Mohammed; there is no salvation in Buddha; there is no salvation in Confucius; there is no salvation through New Age enlightenment; there is no salvation in in your church; and there’s not even salvation within yourself. There is salvation only in Jesus Christ! The Bible declares that the human race has been infected with the deadliest terminal disease known to mankind. This disease is worse than any AIDS or cancer, for those diseases will kill you physically. Sin will not only kill you physically, but worst of all, it will kill you spiritually and will send a man or woman to hell. That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Does truth matter? Absolutely!!! Can we coexist with other religions? Absolutely, if you mean to speak with them in loving concern for their souls and share the truth of the Gospel. But to be “tolerant” of or embrace false doctrines and teaching which are antithetical to our Lord and to His Holy Word, the answer is an emphatic “NO!