A Crossed Cross and a Fallen Star…
It seems that the various religions of the world are having a heyday bouncing off of each other. While it is arguable that few intend to do so and fewer enjoy it, it is also inarguable that it still happens that the multifarious religions of the world (due to their overarching theologies) cannot help but cause friction amongst themselves.
The Muslims continually preach about how they are going to be the end of the Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists (I guess the Khrishnas aren’t popular enough to earn ire). Meanwhile the Jews are busily doing everything they can to resist the Christians and the Mormons are quietly pilfering the souls of those who can’t protest it. Shoot, if I can be a “proxy” for the unsaved, baptize me 6 billion times and lets get this whole “evangelism” thing over and done with!
The problem is that when we look closer at the various religions, they aren’t just rubbing against each other, they are rubbing against themselves. Much like an overweight man in a thong… there is a whole lot of chafing going on. Take the Christians for example… The Eastern Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Coptics and Armenian Orthodox can’t agree over who is supposed to take down a ladder in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (as mentioned in the last post). The Catholics and the Protestants in Ireland started a bitter and bloody civil war because they couldn’t agree on the “biblical” doctrine of the Church.
Some of my readers may have heard of a prophetic word that came out in the last month or so that predicted that in the next year America would face “the perfect storm”. As I look around the religious landscape, I’m seeing that the world is really doing everything it can to prime the world religions for a grand homogenization… call it what you like, but the point is that all of this rubbing and grinding is going to end up “cooler heads prevailing” and “agreeing on our common ground.” When the world finds out that this doesn’t work, there will be a violent swing in the other direction where the same people yelling “coexist!” now will be yelling “To hell with it!” then. It may sound melodramatic, but I see the seeds of the end-time catalyst being sown.
I’m not a mormon. As far as I know, no one in my family is a mormon. As well intentioned as I am sure that the practice mentioned in the above FoxNews story is, it is also somewhat offensive to my post-modern influenced minset to think that these people are selfish enough to believe that they can sneak people into their own religion post-humously because they can’t stomache the idea of their friends being in hell. For the Christian, the answer to that dilemma isn’t stealing someone’s soul when they aren’t looking, but to pray for them and preach the Gospel.
As sad as it makes me, those holocaust victims who didn’t have a relationship with Jesus are in Hell… and unless God has some truth that doesn’t appear in the Bible, they are there to stay. Baptising for the dead, aside from circumventing the free-will choice of Love that God desires anyway, is plain naive in religio-philosophical reasoning. There is only a single mediator between God and man, and His name was Jesus. As true as it is that the Christian is a king and a priest in the kingdom of God, it is the High Priest who makes atonement for sins… and that is Christ and Him alone.