There seems to be a trend in modern day Christians to want to water down Christianity to make it more palatable for non-believers. A desire to include "the best" of other religions so that it will attract more people to the fold. I don't know about anyone else but this to me seems to defeat the point. Didn't Jesus say;
John 14:6 (KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
But not only that God commanded us to live His way too;
Do what I tell you; live the way I tell you. I am the God who makes you holy.
This was all triggered last night when I was watching a documentary about "The Hidden Story of Jesus". The presenter who claimed to be a Christian was ready to jump on anything from other religions that was even remotely close to something in Christianity and declare that they are all part of the same pan-religious theology. One of the biggest points that I thought was a misuse of the words of Jesus was;
You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They'll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd.
It was claimed that this was Jesus saying that there was a truth to other religions, that these "sheep" were part of his flock too. But didn't we just see Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me." Surely anyone who is in His flock is following His way and would therefore be Christian. I am sure that Jesus was expanding on His mission to the disciples to go out into the world and gather all His sheep to His Church. Not saying that it is ok, anyone living a moral life is following a different set of my teachings.
Unfortunately I have not got the time to expand on this further now as I have to get ready and go to work, but I hope to post further on this soon. If any of you have time to watch the clip and spot similar issues with the content please let me know either by commenting or at email@example.com.
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