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They're only half right: Christians think they're right and every other religion is wrong

They're Only Half Right

Chick Yuill looks at what some people think Christians believe

I've learnt much from my Muslim neighbours

No they don’t – at least not in the way people often think. However, Christians do believe that what the Bible teaches about Jesus is true.

We’re convinced that Jesus really did live, that he did say and do the things reported in the Gospels, that he did die and that he was raised to life again. So, in that sense, if people deny those things – whether or not they’re religious – we believe they’re wrong. Having said that, we also respect the right of everyone to make up their own mind, and we certainly don’t want to deny anyone that freedom.

It’s important to remember that it’s possible to be wrong without being completely wrong. That’s why maths teachers ask their pupils to ‘show their working’ and not just their final answer. Some pupils will get the answer totally correct, but others might well be 90 per cent right, even if their final answer is wrong.

In a way that’s how we Christians can view other religions. They may not come to the same answer as we do – the conviction that God has revealed himself perfectly in Jesus – but they may well be right about lots of other things. I’ve learnt much from my Muslim neighbours about the importance of prayer, from my Jewish neighbours about justice, and from my Buddhist neighbours about the need to be still. I am grateful to all of them.

But the most important thing to remember is that Jesus didn’t come to establish another religion. He came to reveal God, to carry the sin and hurt of a broken world, and to offer love and forgiveness to all. And I for one find it hard to set religious boundaries on that.

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