We Cannot ‘CoExist’ With Indoctrination
Published : March 5, 2019
But some parents are pushing back.
Our tax dollars now support the teaching of an ABC curriculum: Anything But Christ. All the religions in the world cannot possibly be true, but in a secular culture influenced by postmodernism, people don’t want to hear there is only one way to God. But if you’re sincerely seeking truth, I suggest you take a look at Jesus before trying everything else.
The coexist slogan was actually created to oppose Christianity, and demand that we keep our beliefs to ourselves. Public schools follow this philosophy and insist we conform and tolerate all behavior as well as other religious claims.
I reported last year that middle school students were asked to write the Islamic declaration of faith known as the “shahada,” which pledges allegiance to the prophet Muhammad and Muslim god, Allah.
Now, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has received complaints from parents in eleven states so far about teachers incorporating Buddhism-based mindfulness practices into daily curriculum of elementary school age children.
With Christian-based teachings expelled from schools, isn’t it intolerant to give a pass to every other belief system? All religions make exclusive claims, but people hate Jesus because He is the only one to declare He is God. And yet, He predicted and accomplished His own death and resurrection.
It is disingenuous to just ignore these historical facts. C.S. Lewis once stated:
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.”The inescapable question is who do you say Jesus is? Neutrality is not an option. Jesus said He is “the way, the truth and the life,” and that no one comes to God the Father except through Him (John 14:6).
Most people think their way is right. But when Christians say Jesus is the right way and the Bible is true, we’re often mocked and called hateful, intolerant, or judgmental.
Wait! Isn’t it hateful to mock and disrespect someone’s religious beliefs? Isn’t there a double-standard here? And aren’t you judging by accusing Christians of being judgmental for saying we’re all sinners and only God forgives sins?
Christianity is the only religion founded on historical events that can be evaluated; events that were witnessed by thousands of people – most of whom were still alive when many New Testament books were written!
But recent Barna Research shows that nearly 60% of Americans think the coexist option is better, and that:
“Many religions can lead to eternal life; there is no ‘one true religion.’One reason might be we think we can be good without God. Ask a person if they’re going to heaven when they die and most will say yes, but it’s not because they believe in Jesus. They think they’re a good person and can be saved by working hard and doing more good than bad in this life.
To claim all religions are the same is either denial or ignorance. Similarities, perhaps; sameness, absolutely not. Every religion at its core is exclusive. Author, Ravi Zacharias said:
"All religions are not the same. All religions do not point to God; …At the heart of every religion is an uncompromising commitment to a particular way of defining who God is or is not, and accordingly, of defining life's purpose.Like it or not, it all comes down to what a person believes about Jesus. So let’s look at this for a minute. Who do other religions say Jesus is?
- Bahai teaches that Jesus was just a messenger, a manifestation of God
- Buddhists say Jesus was an enlightened man, that we will be reincarnated, and we can work our way to higher consciousness
- Christian Science teaches that sin doesn’t exist so there’s no need for a savior, and they say Jesus did not reflect the fullness of God
- Hinduism teaches reincarnation, karma, and that Jesus was a holy man and wise teacher, but one of millions of gods
- Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus was Michael the Archangel, a created being, and that the cross is a pagan symbol
- Judaism teaches that Jesus was a false prophet and a liar. While many confirm Jesus did miracles, they claim that His power was from the Devil (By the way, Jewish records affirm the execution of Jesus.)
- Mormons believe that God was once a man, Jesus was created as the spirit brother of Lucifer; and that we can all become gods
- Muslims think Jesus was just a prophet and healer. Islam also teaches that He didn’t really die on a cross
- Catholics believe salvation includes a process ranging from faith in Jesus to faith plus good deeds and adherence to Church sacraments, including confirmation, the authority of the pope as well as Roman Catholic Church tradition and doctrines
- Seventh Day Adventists teach that Jesus is Michael the Archangel, and SDA founder and prophetess Ellen G. White was a messenger of God
- Unitarians think Jesus was no more divine than you or me but was a great teacher and a faith healer
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)Jesus pre-existed with the Father and the Spirit. The Apostle John stated:
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. (1 John 5:11-12)Only Jesus can free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you, and give your life eternal purpose. Stop striving and come back to God, repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
In Ephesians 2:8-9 it says salvation is a free gift, and it is by God’s grace we are saved through believing in Jesus, not by anything we can do.
Other religions teach you to do, do, do. Christianity teaches it’s “done.” This is important to understand because we’re being bombarded with other teachings in schools and throughout our culture.