When Christians play well with others

  • Article by: TONY JONES
  • Updated: September 8, 2012 - 5:18 PM

U.S. Christians should not view people of other faiths with suspicion. Here's why.

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swurzerSep. 7, 1211:13 PM

Two thumbs up Tony!

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pumiceSep. 7, 1211:51 PM

More evidence that we're all in this together. Thanks for the article, Tony Jones!

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shushyn78Sep. 7, 1211:54 PM

Honest Christians aren't suspicious of those of other faiths. They just believe they are erroneously following after other gods and not the one true God of the Bible. Jesus himself said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me". John 14:6. Jesus proclaims an exclusivity in the path to heaven, and yet at the same time that path is open to any who believe he is the one and only risen Son of God. Inherent to belief is you actually practice what you believe. The crux is those who believe all of the Bible to be the revelation of God to all humankind which the Bible proclaims about itself in 2nd Timothy 3:16 versus those who only believe what they want about the Bible or don't believe any of it at all. Most Christians believe the Bible when it also says we will be held accountable for whether we knew Jesus in this life as the savior of our souls or we did nothing with him. He then says, "..,I never knew you, depart from me...Matthew 7:23

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Tuy1929Sep. 8, 12 3:54 AM

Great, as long as this is not some indictment on the Christian faith in general. If one can find objective history, we can note the errors and sins of Christian witnesses to foreign lands, but to discount all the good that has come from Christian charity and courage would be the greater sin, in my opinion. We must forgive our own (and ourselves) as well as all others. Secondly, Christianity, by and large, has never been a "forced conversion" force. Most of our martyrs were our own people, not those we were hoping to hear our message.

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lalahemSep. 8, 12 6:44 AM

"Christianity, by and large, has never been a "forced conversion" force." Would that it were true, but it isn't. Christianity came to dominance in Europe at the point of the sword in Constantine, and maintained it at the hands of several popes. Please do not say anything right now. Just go look it up. Look up Constantine, council of Nicaea, Inquisition, Auto de fe. That's all.

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Tuy1929Sep. 8, 12 7:06 AM

To lalahem: Did you notice I used the term “by and large” which implies “not in all cases?” Yes, ‘tis easy to point out the sins of the misguided, but when you throw the baby out with the bath water what do you propose to replace it with that has eternal truths? I looked up the council of Nicea in wiki and noticed nothing. I looked up “forced conversions” in Wiki and there are some significant episodes in Christian history of forced conversions, but I still maintain the exception. I also maintain in almost all of those case it was regrettable, in some cases more compelling matters superceded the death or tortures that resulted. God must work with sinners to testify to the truth, and errors are committed, yet, He has no choice but to choose his witnesses from broken vessels.

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dakmarknetSep. 8, 12 7:22 AM

Wonderful story Tony. It shows the true spirit of Christianity. Unfortunately, I fear that spirit has be hijacked here in America by politics. Look at the differences in the two political conventions - One, the Republican, represents only one religious group and will only accept members if they subscribe to their own agenda. The other, the Democrats, welcome everyone into the fold regardless of their faith. Everyone is welcome. That is the true teaching of Jesus.

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Tuy1929Sep. 8, 12 7:54 AM

“Look at the differences in the two political conventions - One, the Republican, represents only one religious group and will only accept members if they subscribe to their own agenda. The other, the Democrats, welcome everyone into the fold regardless of their faith. Everyone is welcome.” ---------------- Except Christianity, as far as I can see. Especially when you tally up the votes on these pages’ commentaries concerning a Christian point of view, that contention becomes even more evident.

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ninetyninerSep. 8, 12 8:01 AM

Christianity in this country is on the decline because of the atrocious behavior of evangelicals. I don't consider evangelicals to be Christian, they're more like a cult and a dangerous one at that.

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lovingsonSep. 8, 12 8:11 AM

Christianity, by and large, has never been a "forced conversion" force." Would that it were true, but it isn't. Christianity came to dominance in Europe at the point of the sword in Constantine, and maintained it at the hands of several popes. ----- That was not Christianity, and if Jesus himself met the catholic pope, the pope would not know who he was.

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