If you're Christian, you wouldn't attack other religions

by Matt Slick

Email:  "I'm  very much a Christian and I came upon your site while doing some research. I consider myself to be non-denominational as I travel all the time and I attend whatever Christian church is available.  However, I find it difficult to grasp how a Christian site can question or bash any other religion based on God, Christ or Jesus. I have studied and read many doctrine, from many different religions, Including the ones who's Christianity you question. I have found them all to have certain truths. In all my studies and all the churches I've attended, I have yet to find one with God, Christ or Jesus giving the Sermon. What I'm trying to say is that if you were truly a Christian site you wouldn't be judging other religions or there practices. It's not our job as Christians to try and sway people to or from one religion or another or to lay judgment on a religion.

Response:  Unfortunately, this person does not understand that there is such a thing as absolute truth. The Bible tells us that there's only one God in all existence, that Jesus Christ is God in flesh, that we are justified by grace through faith, that Jesus died on the cross, that he rose from the dead physically, etc.  These are the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. If there were a religion that contradicted these essentials, then that religion would not be true because Jesus gave us the truth; and anyone who contradicts what Jesus said is not true. This is why Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 that in the last days they would be many false Christ's and false prophets who would arise and deceive many. If it did not matter about different religious systems, then why did Jesus warn us about just that?

We cannot say which groups that this individual was thinking of but let's take the Mormons and the Jehovah's Witnesses as examples. Both the Mormons and the Jehovah's Witnesses state that they believe in God, the Bible, Jesus, and his sacrifice. Yet, CARM states that these two groups are not Christian. Why is that? This is because the Mormons teach that God used to be a man on another planet, that he has a goddess wife, that they both have bodies of flesh and bones, and that forgiveness of sins is not by grace through faith alone but by grace plus obedience to the laws of God.  This violates basic Christian teaching.

The Jehovah's Witnesses, on the other hand, deny that Jesus Christ is God in flesh, and they also deny his physical resurrection. Since of the deity of Christ and his physical resurrection are essential doctrines of the Christian faith, the Jehovah's Witnesses are denying those essentials and are, therefore, not Christians. 

We see that the more we know what the truth of God's Word is, the more we realize that there are counterfeit groups who seek to appear Christian and teach unchristian things. This is why it is necessary for this ministry to expose those false groups.


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.