Have you seen bumper stickers like this that say "coexist"? What do you think about that? It sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Can't we all just get along? You believe what you believe and I'll believe what I believe and we just leave each other alone? Wouldn't that be a great way to live?
It sounds really good. Why can't we believe what we want to believe and leave everyone else alone? This line of reasoning is wrong because the world religions are diametrically opposed to Christianity. Islam, Buddhism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses are all works based religions and they are very incompatible with Christianity.
The main thing that is wrong with coexist is that it isn't biblical. John 14:6 states, "Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me." Likewise John 17:3 says, "And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." In Acts 4:12 the apostle Peter is talking about Jesus when he says, "Neither is salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Romans 6:23 tells us, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
What do these verses have in common? They all clearly state that Jesus is the only way to eternal salvation. We cannot work our way into heaven (which is what all of the man-made religions are based on, but they are wrong). Ephesians 2:8-9 states, "For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
We cannot just coexist because to do so would be negligent on the part of Christians. Coexisting would be like saying that you are out driving your car and you stop your car just in time where a bridge is out. You slam on your brakes right before you are about to plunge to your death. But instead of warning all the other drivers of the impending danger and their eminent death, you drive back up the road a mile or two from where the bridge is out. You want to be polite and you don't want to bother or inconvenience anyone. So you just smile and wave as they drive on by. You do this with the knowledge that they are going to die in a few short minutes.
Even though you can say that you are being tolerant, this is not right. Can't you see that you are not being nice to people at all? In fact, it's just the opposite. You are being very cruel. You are telling people to believe what they want to believe while you have the truth. You are being unloving by withholding the truth from them.
Instead of worrying about people having a pleasant trip and our desire to not confront them, we need to proclaim the truth to people. We should frantically wave our arms and shout "Stop! There's danger ahead. You are going to die if you continue down this road."
God has commanded us to share our faith with others (Matthew 28:19-20
and Mark 16:15
). Don't smile and wave at people feeling good about yourself and how tolerant you are while people are heading for Hell. No, read your Bible, really read it and see what the Bible says about Hell, eternal punishment and eternal separation from God.
Then go out and tell everyone that you can that they are in danger; that they are heading down the road where the bridge is out. They can't cross the chasm by themselves. They need a bridge and that bridge, the only bridge between us and God is Jesus Christ our Lord. Tell them they need to repent and put their trust in Jesus. If you want to put a bumper sticker on your car, don't use coexist, use: