DEFEATER BELIEF OBJECTION: CHRISTIANITY CAN’T BE TRUE BECAUSE IT DISREPSECTS OTHER RELIGIONS AND PUTS ITSELF ABOVE THEM WITH THEIR “MISSION”

From nydailynews.com[1] about Great Commission Baptists planting a church in Brooklyn:

In religiously diverse Kensington, reactions were mixed.

“He should go back down south,” said Rose Ann Lozinski, a Catholic. “We believe in everybody getting along here. I’ve been down south and seen how they treat certain groups of people. I have no great love for the south. I don’t think they’ve ever come together after the Civil War.”

Another resident, Peter Hallsworth, 36, said he has no patience for proselytizers.

If someone tried to convert him, he said, “I’d say I have something on the stove,” and walk away.

Tim Keller:

a) The other religions. Christians seem to greatly over-play the differences between their faith and all the other ones. Though millions of people in other religions say they have encountered God, have built marvelous civilizations and cultures, and have had their lives and characters changed by their experience of faith, Christians insist that only they go to heaven — that their religion is the only one that is ‘right’ and true. The exclusivity of this is breath taking. It also appears to many to be a threat to international peace.

Brief response: Inclusivism is really covert exclusivism. It is common to hear people say:”No one should insist their view of God better than all the rest. Every religion is equally valid.” But what you just said could only be true if: First, there is no God at all, or second, God is an impersonal force that doesn’t care what your doctrinal beliefs about him are. So as you speak you are assuming (by faith!) a very particular view of God and you are pushing it as better than the rest! That is at best inconsistent and at worst hypocritical, since you are doing the very thing you are forbidding. To say “all religions are equally valid” is itself a very white, Western view based in the European enlightenment’s idea of knowledge and values. Why should that view be privileged over anyone else’s?

To say no one should try to convert or convince someone to change their mind or beliefs is itself an attempt to convert and convince those who want to do this to not do it.

So just realize you do it to and that’s part of living in this world and valuing/believing things/people and communicating out of who you really are.

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About pjtibayan

I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
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