Ecumenism is a term that must first be defined to be discussed. It has many modern nuances. The dictionary says that ecumenism is “the principles or practice of promoting cooperation or better understanding among differing religious faiths.” This has been extended to include more of a “unifying” meaning. The media has proposed that “the three great religions all worship the same god.” Even beyond this somewhat plausible concept–on the surface–is the suggestion that “there are many ways to God and all religions end there.” Let us look at several different dimensions of modern ecumenism.
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“The babies [Jacob and Esau] jostled each other within her [Rebekah].” (Genesis 25:22)
“In the womb he [Jacob] grasped his brother’s heel; as a man he struggled with God.” (Hosea 12:3)
“Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.” (Job 10:8-12)
Surprised by Grace
That first century Jewish culture understood truth far better than grace. Grace comes first in John 1:14 because it was more surprising.
When Jesus stepped onto the world’s stage, people could not only hear the demands of truth but see Truth Himself. No longer fleeting glimmers of grace, but Grace Himself. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).
When God passed in front of Moses, He identified Himself as “abounding in love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6). The words translated “love” and “faithfulness” are the Hebrew ...
- Wed, Jan 27, 2010
- Doctrine and Theology
Before I get to today's blog: If you've followed the news lately, you've probably heard about CBS's controversial decision to air a prolife commercial produced by Focus on the Family during the Super Bowl, telling the story of football star Tim Tebow and his mom Pam. (Read more about Pam's courageous decision not to abort Tim.) Good for CBS. And I hope they don’t cave in to the National Organization for Women who have recently launched an effort to call on CBS to drop the ad. To encourage CBS, you can send them a ...
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13)