Other Religions

I am currently in a World Religions course at Biblical Seminary (a great place to learn for anyone interested in studying in the Philadelphia area, especially if your interested in the urban context.) Anyway, one question that I am forced to wrestle with over and over again while thinking about folks all around the world who are seeking after God (or gods)  through alternatives means than Christianity, is how, if at all, has God been revealing himself for generations to the world.  If I assume, which I do, that God is revealing himself to all humanity and that he is close rather than afar from everyone, then in what ways had God’s wisdom, truth, and presence shaped even the most antichrist religions.

I imagine that wherever we can find God’s wisdom and truth no matter the source, we can find opportunity to build bridges from where they are at to the Crucified One.

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5 comments

  1. buttermilk80 · January 20, 2011

    Considering how to build bridges is far better than assuming that because they seem to know something about a god, they have found the Truth.

    By His Grace.

    • arajrao · January 20, 2011

      I think God reveals his law to people and a sense of His presence. God has to reveal the law, otherwise there would be chaos in society.

      That said… I always view claims to be seeking God with suspicion.

      In terms of stories that I have heard, it seems that where I have heard of people who really seek after God – like say in a Muslim country – the Gospel gets out to them somehow.

      And in terms of other stories of people in India where some gurus claim to have walked up and down the land seeking after God, my personal suspicion is that they are seeking after either the goodies of God – but not God Himself – or something else like some mystical experience.

      It may seem surprising… how can so many people be claiming to be seeking after God and actually be seeking after something else. All I can say is – examine their stories more closely and examine their lives in terms of where they ultimately wound up. They’ll say they found God – Peace – Contentment – the Truth – the One thing they’ve been searching all their lives – Bliss – etc… and you’re like “Okaaaaaay. We need to have talk”

      Sorry… just rambling…

  2. buttermilk80 · January 21, 2011

    Don’t be sorry. You rambled correctly. “By their fruit you will know them”.

    By His Grace.

  3. Drew Hart · January 21, 2011

    Thanks for commenting guys. God is definitely finding ways to meet people where they are, despite whatever barriers to Christ they seem to have by human standards.

  4. Monex · February 17, 2011

    2Thes.2 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie. The Supreme Court is aware that Mind Control is an ubiquitous threat to the rule of law in America. But they also know that full knowledge of the psychological warfare waged against the American people can bring down the existing power structure of wrongful government firmly established during the Cold War. But it is precisely here at childhood that such wrongful government manipulation becomes most obvious.

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