According to the scriptures Jesus sits on the right hand of the Father waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool.
When Christ declared all power and authority has been given unto Him, it validated what Jesus revealed to His disciples when He said that to a precise period in time, no one asked anything in His Name, but a time was upon them that they would now ask of the Father anything and Jesus would do it.
This spectacular transition of authority and power took place after Jesus willingly laid down His majestic position and made Himself “of no reputation” or nothing of His heavenly glory. One could marvel and wonder for eternity how this transaction was actually done, however we humans lack the capacity to comprehend what took place. All one can do is to appreciate and be thankful for what was done.
However a new philosophy if not theology has emerged that resists the authority of a Biblical Jesus, and that is the postmodernism that has developed from a pluralistic society from America being such a melting pot. There is an incorporation of ideas, theology, and relative truth which is creating a goulash philosophy that is attempting to marry everyone’s beliefs into a global type of ideaology.http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/politics/7100/what_is_interfaith_cooperation_for_/
The birth of interfaith gatherings is evidence of how the attempt to homogenize different beliefs into one huge plethora of thought is becoming popularized. These interfaith gatherings attempt to present respect, recognition, and practice for all types of faith.
Although the cooperation between religions in basics as feeding the poor, homelessness, or health care are noble ventures having no separation of purpose in theology, there is a point where one has to part ways concerning ultimate spiritual authority or dominion.
How does one reconcile spiritual authority among Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, or Hindus? Naturally those with no affinity to religion expect this “spiritual cooperation”, unfortunately those with no religious preference are expecting cooperation from a secular perspective which does not make any distinction among religious standards. A classic example is how the secular thinkers are scratching their heads about the lack of cooperation between Jews and Muslims on the Holy Land possession and the Jerusalem issue. There is no resolution without equal respect to both spiritual principles.http://www.gotquestions.org/interfaith-ministries.html
Christians have one deity in God of the Bible, the Muslims have their Allah, the Hindus are polytheistic with millions of gods, and the Buddhists have no deity at all. The Jewish faith is based on the God of Abraham. With atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists also classified as types of religion, it would be an impossibility to recognize, respect, and reverence them all.
Finding truth in them all is chaos. Incorporating tolerance and inclusiveness sounds like a worthwhile slogan, but a slogan does not cut it. Disregard to somebody’s religion takes place whether one chooses to recognize it or not. In spite of the hyperbole, someone’s spiritual authority will take a beating.
All truth cannot be found in every religion, there are not multiple ways to “heaven”, and each deity or deities cannot be honored equally without offending someone…either deity or worshipper.
From a Christian perspective Christ alone is the theme towards worship, salvation, and a pathway to heaven. The exclusivity of the message offends other religions and non-religious individuals, however Christianity does no different than other religious philosophies which have distinctions themselves that separates their followers from others.
While the stone throwers are accusing Christians as being intolerant, it is actually the stone throwers who are exercising a far more deadly type of intolerance by forcing Christians to reject their requirement of exclusivity, silencing a Christian’s requirement to share their faith, and banning prayer or the Bible from social discussion. Additionally expecting Christians to renounce their belief of Christ being the only way and expecting compliance to other claims to paths of enlightenment is an insult to God’s integrity and the believer’ faith.
It just does not work.