Christians Must ‘Let Go’ of Some Beliefs for Sake of Peace, Theologian Says

He’s got to be kidding, right? Nope, he’s serious.
Let me remind everyone of what Paul, writing in Galatians 1:6-10 (New International Version), has to say about this:

6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

So there you have it. Paul is very plain about what we are to believe. Some of us will never “let go” of our Christian beliefs in order to appease Islam or any other group.

To live peacefully with Muslims and Jews, Christians must put aside the notion that their faith requires the creation of a Christian kingdom on Earth, a Lipscomb University theologian told an interfaith gathering at the university.

“We are not going to get very far in our relationship with Jews or Muslims if we do not let go of this idea,” Lipscomb professor Lee Camp said at Tuesday’s conference.

The unusual gathering of several dozen clergy and lay people was devoted to resolving religious conflict in Nashville and around the world.

“We need to forsake the Christendom model,” Camp said. “The most basic Christian commitment … is that we say we believe in the Lordship of Jesus. But, if we claim that, how can a Muslim or Jew trust us, if we say Jesus is the Lord of all Lords?”

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For Kahled Sakalla, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Nashville, some of the answers lie in better education about Islam in the non-Muslim world.

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Sakalla said there may never be reconciliation on the fundamental theological divisions.

“Every religion has different teachings,” he said. “For Muslims, it’s: Do you believe in one God and that Muhammad” is his prophet? “I don’t think we can teach individuals that the way you go to heaven in other religions is OK. You have to teach differences.”

No question on where the Muslims stand on this issue. Everyone else must give up what is dear to us, but not the Muslim.
Well, I have one thing to say to Sakalla and the Muslims: “Lan astaslem; I will not submit to Islam”.

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2 Responses to “Christians Must ‘Let Go’ of Some Beliefs for Sake of Peace, Theologian Says”

  1. Phil Wilson says:

    I think it would be beneficial to read Dr. Camp’s response to the article.

    Theologian disputes how article described his talk

    It should make clear that his statements were misrepresented.

  2. Steve says:

    Always good to get both sides of the story. My confusion still remains on how he is trying to deny direct quotes. Did the paper really lie like that. It would be a terrible libal risk if they did.
    As for what he means, well, a lot of people say things like that after getting themselves in trouble.
    I guess we all need to decide how we are going to take his comments.

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