Monday, November 15, 2010

Global Faith Forum Update

Here is an update on the Global Faith Forum, which I blogged about here. This article is entitled "Christians, Muslims, Buddhists Gather to Remove Fear and Stereotypes". This meeting seems really no different to me then when the Pope holds interfaith gatherings, notice in the article they seek to learn from each other. Here this blogger describes some of the going-ons. There is nothing wrong with learning about a false religion to seek to reach others, but to learn from that religion? What can be gained but error?

The forum isn't a gathering of theologians to debate religions, he made clear. Rather, it's an opportunity for people of multiple faiths to get to know one another, start conversations, and learn from each other.

"For me, questions as to who is God and how do we find salvation, are not the primary questions I’m seeking and seeking to answer at this forum," he wrote
. "I’ve come to acknowledge that theologically there are irreconcilable differences in some of what I believe and what others believe. But, how we relate to others, and how we work together in the world is everything."

Everyone wants to live in peace, war is horrible, but this is against what the Bible teaches us, we are not become yoked with unbelievers. Being kind or loving to unbelievers does not entail worldwide endeavors to yoke together.

2Cr 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

I found this statement odd.

The forum is part of what he calls a "multifaith" effort, and not an "interfaith" one. While interfaith implies dumbing down one's faith to get along with those of other religious traditions, multifaith allows participants to hold on to their convictions and not compromise on what they hold to be true.

Even at the Pope's meetings that is true. Readers on this blog, I must remind that the one world religion will not be everyone lumped together into "ONE" religion per se, but will follow the path of "unity in diversity" where yes they tell all the individuals, they can hold on to their personal convictions. It will be many "different paths" up that one mountain.

Course I ask, where was the personal conviction considering their pointing out to a "conversation with other faiths" in preaching the gospel to the lost?

I always believed the Rome's interfaith meetings would be moved into the evangelical world, looks like that has already started.

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