One of the most untalked about problems in the Christian kingdom is the idea of equality of religions. Christianity, for all it is concerned, has cornered the market on God and no other religion is even close. Christianity is a ‘one way’ street in a ‘two way’ traffic world.
You know, in some ways, I would agree with Christianity – if Christianity had a much better ‘road’ record. I can name off about 40 people in a day’s time (if I had to) that have all professed Christianity as the greatest and only way to live life that have had affairs (with other people’s wives in the congregation some of the time), illegitmate children, bought prostitution (straight and gay), committed fraud against the people that gave, have supported outright hateful causes, etc. And these aren’t just your run of the mill Jim Joneses’ or Fred Phelps, no these are respected ministers, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.
Truth is, Christianity in the West is nothing like what we actually read in the bible, in fact the bible is an Eastern religion of sorts…well a central religion – combining east and west. I believe there are aspects of Capitalism and Socialism in the bible (2 incongruent systems in the West). I believe Jesus was more ascetic in lifestyle than he was corporate (Christianity meets a type of Buddhism and forgoes the side of fries). I believe one could say Jesus was anti-establishment (within reason) and could be seen as a type of Gandhi figure – leading a revolution against Rome (Christianity meets Hinduism). Christianity is concretely based on the tenets of Judaism, another all-together different religion.
So why does Christianity not have space to ‘co-exist’ with other faiths? We don’t seem to be much better than the next one? Are we more spiritual then next one…not really. Can the truths we find through a Judaic off-shoot not be found in Buddhism? What about the Bahai’s? Hows about Mormonism – an off-shoot of us?
Should Christianity become more involved in religious tolerance and working alongside other faiths planet-wide?