News & Views From Pastor Frank
C O E X I S T
BY FRANK ROBINSON on July 23, 2017
In your auto travels you have probably noticed that almost omnipresent, super-hip, blue and white bumper sticker that spells out the word COEXIST by using various symbols of the world’s religions, such as the crescent moon of Islam, the Star of David of Judaism, the Cross of Christianity, etc…..
It’s really eye-catching and thought provoking. Lots of people resonate with this idea of world religions learning to co-exist, hand in hand, as we sing a massive version of “We are the World” worldwide! You might say that the concept is “so Sedonan!” What a wonderful notion to just get along.
But behind this idea of coexisting stands the philosophic notion that all religious ideals and revelations are equal in weight; a sort of truth equivalency where no group can claim spiritual superiority. The claim goes something like this ~ All religious books are equal, from The Bible to the Bhagavad Gita; all the varieties of spiritual experience are equal; all dogmas and doctrines are equal. I am convinced that pushed hard and long enough, this equivalency view of world religion would ultimately homogenize the uniqueness of these traditions into one big, bland bowl of tepid, irrelevant, religious schmaltz! In fact, it is happening.
I don’t have space or time to address all of these issues in detail, but I would like to now make a quick defense for the superiority of the Bible in comparison to the other foundational books of world religions. I am frequently shocked when some half baked scholar or TV journalist refers to The Bible and the Quran in the same breath. I always find myself asking, “Have these people actually studied these books? If they had devoted real time to study , there is no possible way, that they could be referred to as equivalent!”
Just consider for a moment the difference in historical and geographic accuracy. Dozens of archaeological digs in Israel have been guided by the Bible and have come up with pay dirt. Why? Because the Bible contains accurate information that is relevant to this day. Many of the most renowned archaeologists, alive and dead, have praised the Bible for its assistance. The Quran, The Vedas, The Upanishads and on the list goes, have only received minimal citation in the field of archaeology.
Now, I use this comparison to make a point. If the Bible is accurate historically and geographically, it is safe to say that the other information it contains, such as the account of Jesus Christ’s birth, death and resurrection, are in fact accurate too.
But don’t take my word for it, read it for yourself.