This is part of what I see the UEC as being about. It doesn’t really have any effect on anyone who understands the blessedness of minding one’s own business and understanding how much we might not know.
Christianity Does Not Teach Hate!
Genuine Christianity Does Not Discriminate Against Other Faiths!
1. Psalm 95:3 “For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods” shows that King David recognized and respected other gods.
2. Matthew 22:37-39 is Jesus’ two great commandments which he says sums up the Old Testament (“On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”). This frees people from the complicated rules of the Old Testament which had come to be so complicated that they were impossible to completely follow.
3. Acts 10:47 “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?” is the conversion of Cornelius, a Roman Centurion, and the decree that gentiles who become Christians do not have to also become Jews or be under the Old Testament.
4. John 4:40 Samaritans asked Jesus to stay with them, so he stayed in Samaria two days. Samaritans were below the bottom of the Jewish social order and were considered “dirt under everyone’s feet”, but Jesus had no problem ministering to them and more.
5. Jesus says: “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold”. Who would dare presume to know who those others are or are not? And might Jesus be smart enough to present himself to those other people in a form which would be relevant and respected by them, such as Mithras, Baldur, or Amidhaba?
6. Matthew 8:5-13 is the story of Jesus healing the servant of a Roman Centurion, an officer in the occupying army and undoubtedly a Mithraist, since that was the Roman army’s official religion. Not only does Jesus speak well of the centurion’s faith, he also in Verses 11 – 12 speaks of how many will come together, and who will not be so blessed.
7. John 16:12 “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” As Jesus prepares to ascend, he says there is more to tell the disciples, but they are not yet able to handle them. However much can be said for the Bible, it does not contain everything Jesus wants us to know, and He himself said so in John 16:12!
8. Acts 5:34-39 is the warning of Gamaliel. He outlines the numerous other leaders and movements who have come and gone, and points out that if God is behind Jesus followers, not only will they not be able to stop them, if they try they might be guilty of fighting against God.
9. Matthew 12:31 warns of the consequences of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, the one and only sin which cannot and will not be forgiven. In this instance, it is in response to some Pharisees accusing Jesus of using devils to cast out devils.