Synchronism - A Unity of Godless Compromise
In an Adelaide Advertiser edition dated Tuesday November 20, 2001 on pages 34 and 39, reporter Mandi Zonneveldt authored an incredibly naive 2 page article entitled Understanding + Tolerance = Peace. What she was really on about is the nonsense that synchronising all of the world's religions will solve humanity's problems - that by just accepting another's religious point of view will enable us all to live happily ever after. The trouble with this sort of puerile notion is that it can never work. Like oil and water can never find a common mix, neither can diverse impassioned faith. It is a myth to believe that there are many gates in the paddock and they all lead to the farm house, or in other words, all religions worship the same god but in different ways - NOT TRUE!.
For example, Islam and Christianity are essentially incompatible. Islam asserts God has no son and that He also hates the lost. Don't believe me? Here's a couple of verses from the Koran that state just that. In relation to Jesus being the Messiah and those that believe that, the Koran states in Sura 5:72
"Unbelievers are those who say: 'God is the Messiah, the son of Mary.'"
The apostle John said that those who claimed Jesus (being God) had not come in the flesh (as Islam does), had in fact, the "spirit of Antichrist" - Hey, I'm just telling you what the Bible says ok. (1 John 2:18, 1John 4:3, 2 John 7) Here's what the verse literally says, and you tell me if it can be reconciled with Islam's point of view…
"Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ (or Messiah). Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son". Now listen to this . . . Verse 23, "No one who denies the Son has the Father" does Islam deny the Son? - "No one who denies the Son has the Father" How do you reconcile that? See, it's easy to talk tolerance and unilateral acceptance especially when you don't really stand for anything in particular - but in reality, where there are no fairies, there are some insurmountable stumbling blocks. In relation to how Islam believes God feels about the lost . . .
Sura . . . "Say: 'Obey God and the Apostle.' If they pay no heed, then, surely, God does not love the unbelievers." (Dawood) Quite a contrast to what the Christian Bible teaches about the nature of God - John 3:16 . . .
"For God so LOVED the world (the lost, the hopeless, the downcast, the unbelievers) that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him would be saved".
And again in Romans 5:8 . . . "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still SINNERS - "Unbelievers" - Christ died for us."
No matter how hard you try, you cannot reconcile
these foundational tenants of either faith. I've said it before and I'll say it
again (especially in the face of the politically correct) "Unity that
comes at the cost of the truth, is a unity not worth having." As Chuck
Missler correctly points out "There can be
no true unity between religions that worship false gods and the worship of the
only Living God". All world religions, with the exception of True
Christianity have one thing in common. They are all man's effort to
reach God. They all follow the lead of the great rebel Nimrod who
likewise built his tower (called
Christianity is incompatible at a foundational level with EVERY other world religion. Hinduism worships thousands of gods. The God of heaven detests that! Buddhism doesn't even acknowledge the concept of God. Judaism has yet to see that Jesus is the Messiah they have long been waiting for. They are going to have to first accept the Anti Christ before that realisation is born. Islam, as I've said is incompatible with Christianity and the god identified as Allah doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to the God of Mercy identified in the Bible. Confucianism is a religion of human wisdoms, akin to pulling yourself up by your own boot laces. Scientology is an ingenious way to fleece actors and others of their hard-earned cash and doesn't even come close to resembling anything sane.
Look, the list is as long as there are different faiths. The bottom line is that Christianity stands very much apart from the rest of the crowd and it's fair to say she will pay a price for that in days and years to come. Nevertheless (and with all due respect) Mandi Zonneveldt is dreaming if she is seriously entertaining the fallacy that Understanding and Tolerance are going to pull the human endeavour together and bring peace. Let there be no mistake, there will never be peace without the Prince Of Peace and His name is Jesus Christ - not Budda, not Mohamed, not Vishnu or Shiva, not the Pope, or Mary, not The World Council Of Churches, the United Nations, the Three Stoogers, Charlton Heston, or Mr. Magoo - Only Jesus Christ, ONLY Jesus Christ!
And let me nail that lid shut with Jesus own words . . . John 14:6: "I am THE way and THE truth and THE life. No one (Not one single one) comes to the Father except through me".
Now if you consider this an intolerant point of view, may I suggest you take it up with God, because it's HIS point of view - I just happen to agree - and so do around . . . oh . . . 2 Billion others! There's only one way home and ecumenical synchronism ain't it!