This is a realÂ letter from a student at a well know unnamed Evangelical Bible College. He wrote this to his school’sÂ administration after Campus Crusade for Christ came and made a presentation.
If there is anything I accept least of all, it is manâ€™s susceptibility to judge and condemn. When I first saw Campus Crusade for Christâ€™s advertisement for the lecture on â€œComparative Religionsâ€ in the ResCo cafeteria, however, my reaction was complete disgust. (With Godâ€™s help, I think I managed to relax long enough to forgive those ignorant enough to spread such propaganda and write an objective response). . . .
The lecture itself was even more disappointing. Whirlwinding [sic] through five major world religions in 30 minutes (was it even that long?), the speaker took every opportunity to poke fun at â€œweirdâ€ sounding words from other religions, at which point listeners would spill out a bit of canned laughter. Is this a study of comparative religions, I asked myself, or a study of religions compared to Christianity? I have a dream that one day Christians will realize that we are not the be all to life, and if anything we have on too may occasions been the end all of it. I also dream that one day Christians will realize that we are no longer the persecuted; we are the persecutors . . . .
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Every day I share my life with Christians, Muslims and Hindus from the International unit at ResCo. I tease my Muslim friend and say that she must convert because I worry for her soul. In reality, I would never want her to do any such thing. I love her just the way she isâ€“wild, funny, caring, crazy, affectionate. If she and my other non-Christian friends are going to hell, then I will be the first to grab their shirttails, because I want nothing to do with a heaven or a God that would reject them. Fortunately I do not believe such a God exists and feel sorry for those who do. . . .
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What right do any of us have to spit on the face of our neighbors simply because we cannot understand their faith? What right do we have to mock their beliefs when we purport to be an advanced society and most importantly when we purport to be their friends. . . .
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Researchers are also finding numerous ways in which religions thousands of miles apart often correspond with one another. The Aztecs envisioned their own demise through prophesy [sic]. Other native cultures have their own Jesus-like figures who came to them around the same time Jesus had appeared in the Middle East. . . .
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Now there are some fascinating studies in comparative religions. So many paths can lead to the same destination, even if we think we disagree on the destination itself. What unifies us all is an acceptance of manâ€™s excessiveness, at times cruelty, and his need to believe in something higher than himself. Our solution to the problem is discipline and fulfillment through adherence to some spiritual order.
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I know Campus Crusade means very well. I only wish its members could pull off the Jesus-tinted glasses and see that people all over the world are managing just fine without believing Jesus Christ is their saviorâ€“or is that what Christians are afraid of? Are we ourselves so dubious about the existence of God that we demean others and negate their way of life to prove to ourselves that 2,000 years of Christianity have not been in vain? . . .
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Religion is not the sum of its parts, it is the heart of its followers.
Now, I have a lot of things to say, but I thought that I would ask you what your comments are about this young man’s letter.