Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ravi Zacharias on Tolerance

"The truth is that all religions are not the same. All religions do not point to God. All religions do not say that all religions are the same. In fact, some religions do not even believe in God. At the heart of every religion is an uncompromising commitment to a particular way of defining who God is or is not. Buddhism, for example, was based on Buddha's rejection of two of Hinduism's fundamental doctrines. Islam rejects both Buddhism and Hinduism. So it does no good to put a halo on the notion of tolerance and act as if everything is equally true. In fact, even all-inclusive religions such as Bahaism end up being exclusivistic by excluding the exclusivists!"

—Ravi Zacharias

“Why I Believe Jesus Christ Is the Ultimate Source for Meaning,” in Why I Am a Christian: Leading Thinkers Explain Why They Believe, ed. Norman L. Geisler and Paul K. Hoffman (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001), 268.


Henri-Paul Indiogine said...

The official term is "Baha'i Faith" not Bahaism. Also, Baha'is do not "exclude the exclusivists". We want dialogue with everyone.

Anonymous said...

Henri Paul, please understand that wanting dialogue with everyone is not the same as agreeing with everyone. So, If I say that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to God, and there is no other way, do you agree with my view? if you say no, then you are excluding my view. Likewise, if you say yes, then you are excluding all other religious worldviews. If Christianity's claim is true (and I believe that it is), then all other claims are wrong. What Jesus claimed leaves no other option.

Mike S.

Ex N1hilo said...

The Bible's use of the term "faith" signifies knowledge of, belief in, reliance on, and trust toward the triune God of Scripture. Those who worship idols are not thereby expressing faith, but rather, unbelief.

This is why religions other than Christianity are not Faiths.

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