Columbia Bible College is hosting a World Religions Conference, next week. 

All religions should just get along with each other.  If every group just dropped it’s distinctives and stopped saying their way is the right way, then everyone could just agree on the basics, like, love and peace and good-will and care for the environment…….you know, just a nice bland soup.  No contention, just everyone agreeing to like their personal ‘higher power’.  Each to his own.  All roads lead to Rome.  None of this childish, “My father can beat up your father” stuff.

Christian leaders occasionally get invited to say a few words, and a prayer, at high-profile events. At some of those events they are clearly instructed not to pray in the name of Jesus Christ, because that might offend some of the guests. Those ‘leaders‘, who knuckle under to such cowardly compromise should be barred from any further leadership role in the life of the  Christian church, or at least until they understand the magnitude of the Lordship of Christ.  “I AM THE LORD, THAT IS MY NAME; MY GLORY I GIVE TO NO OTHER, NOR MY PRAISE TO GRAVEN IMAGES.” 

Christianity is about ‘Jesus Christ!   It is about Christ in me, the hope of glory’.  It is about the King of kings, and Lord of lords. It is uniquely about God sending His only Son to be born of a virgin, to live among men, to teach us and to bear the sins of all of us on the cross of Calvary.  Jesus says, “I AM THE WAY, AND THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE;  NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME.”  Jesus would not likely be invited to ‘Pathway to Peace’ ecumenical conferences with His attitude.

All other religions teach what you must do to get right with their idea of god.  Christianity alone says there is nothing you can do to redeem yourself,  because God is holy, and we are lost sinners.  We are as dead in our sins as Lazarus was in the tomb, bound in burial cloths, unable to move.  Jesus called him out of the tomb, giving him a new life.  Only the death of the sinless Saviour can redeem lost humanity, and Jesus offers that gift of eternal life freely, to anyone who comes to him in faith.

Christianity is not just one of an alphabet soup that can be stirred into a tasteless slop.  God allows for no such compromise of His revealed truth about who He is and what He expects of us.  The disciples suffered persecution, exile and death rather than deny the Lord Jesus Christ. They preached that His blood alone could wash us whiter than snow.  (In Christ Alone – Beautiful song:  –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENtL_li4GbE

Thousands of people became converts to Jesus the Saviour of the world, because of the preaching of common, uneducated men.  Satan, the enemy of our souls has waged war against Christians and the Bible from the time of the crucifixion to this present hour.  But the church will prevail because God has written the end of the story.

True believers in the living God are called to love, not just fellow-believers but all people.  God tells us to pray for our enemies.  I can’t speak for others, but it is not always easy to love, even my fellow Christians, let alone my enemies.  However the Lord commands us to show His love by the way we live.  So that’s a challenge.

What the Lord clearly forbids is wishy-washy compromise.  There is only ONE Lord and God and Creator and Sustainer of all humanity.  It is not loving or kind to give mixed and confusing messages to a world dreadfully in need of His presence in their lives. Note that it was initially, the religious leaders throughout Jesus life, and in the young church, who obstructed the message of the Messiah.

“And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, annoyed beause they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.  And they arrested them and put them in custody until the morrow, for it was already evening.  But many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to about five thousand.

On the morrow their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.  And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them,

“Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a cripple, by what means this man has been healed, be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well.  This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner.  And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts

 


Introduction:  The World Religions Conference (WRC) is an multi-faith event which brings together well-known scholars from the world’s major religions to speak on a common topic from the point of view of their respective religious traditions. For thirty years, the WRC has served as an invaluable forum for different religious and ethnic communities to gather in the spirit of tolerance, peace, cooperation, and understanding. The WRC serves the noble purpose of educating members of the community regarding interesting and relevant topics by providing a platform where all major religions can pool their collective wisdom and teachings regarding the topic. Continually on the rise in terms of organizational standards, quality of content, and attendance, the WRC has become the largest multi-faith event of its kind in Canada.

With its ever-growing profile in the Waterloo Region and Canadian society in general, the WRC has become a central meeting place for religious leaders and their communities. The conference has had the honour of being noted by prominent figures including the Prime Minister of Canada, and the Chief Justice of Canada, in addition to dozens of other local, provincial and national leaders.

With its ever-growing profile in the Waterloo Region and Canadian society in general, the WRC has become a central meeting place for religious leaders and their communities. The conference has had the honour of being noted by prominent figures including the Prime Minister of Canada, and the Chief Justice of Canada, in addition to dozens of other local, provincial and national leaders.

The speakers are specially sought out and invited by the organizing committee to ensure that each faith is represented by a knowledgeable scholar of that particular faith, who does justice to the topic and the religion that he or she represents.

The premier organizer and sponsor of the event is Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada. Cooperation and partnership includes several cities, academic institutions, faith based associations, student clubs and numerous other organizations.

With free admission and lunch, and a great chance to learn and meet others from a multitude of faith and philosophical communities, it is a small step to make this world a more peaceful world to live.

 

Baha`i Perspective ( 15 minutes max oral or power presentation & 5 minutes Video)
Mr. Harold Rosen

Buddhism Perspective
Myoshin Kate McCandless
Christian Perspective ( 15 minutes max oral or power presentation & 5 minutes Video)
Pastor Tim Keupfer

Hindu Faith Perspective ( 15 minutes max oral or power presentation & 5 minutes Video)
Mr. Shrinath Dwevidi

Islam Perspective ( 15 minutes max oral or power presentation & 5 minutes Video)
Maulana Balal Khokhar

Jewish Faith Perspective ( 15 minutes max oral or power presentation & 5 minutes Video)
Rabbinical Student Susan Sharmash

Sikh Faith Perspective ( 15 minutes max oral or power presentation & 5 minutes Video)
Mr. Giani Singh Kotli

 

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