Do We All
The Same God?
Our Multi-Religious Culture
A Cultural Revolution is creeping across our country. We are in a
fundamentally different religious environment from what our grandparents or even our
parents encountered. No longer can we think and speak in terms of a Christian society. The
United States is fast becoming a multi-religious culture. The world we live in has
One reason is immigration. In 1998 there were about 22.5 million
foreign-born people in America. While America has always been a nation of immigrants,
today more than ever, they come from culturally non-Christian nations, and they bring with
them the religions of the world. Our nation is becoming less and less a religiously
homogeneous country. Islam will replace Judaism as America's second-largest religion in
about 10 years; already 3 to 5 million Buddhists live in America; and Hindu temples dot
the landscapes not only of Chicago and New York, but also of Aurora, Illinois, and
Springfield, Virginia. While mosques of Islam share the religious scene in many cities.
Their minarets in Dearborn, Michigan, sound throughout the city calling Muslims to prayer
five times a day.
These non-Christians live in your neighborhood. They actively support
your schools PTA. You see them at childrens sports leagues, piano recitals,
the workplace, market and parks. They are often very friendly folkmorally upright,
hard working and community-minded. Their children often excel academically and are among
the most respectful and successful students in our schools. As professionalsdoctors,
researchers, educators and merchantsthey do much to elevate our standard of living.
We enjoy their company and their contributions to the society we live in.
Through this interaction we discover that people of other religious
faiths are very much like us. In fact, Bible-believing Christians often find they have
greater unanimity on moral issues with these non-Christian associates than with those of a
liberal Christian orientation. The question naturally arisesdo we all worship the
same God? Are these various religions just different roads to the same God or are their
adherents, and the vast non-Christian majority of earths people, in jeopardy of
being eternally lost? Just what do some of our new associates and neighbors believe?
See Appendix A for an overview of the non-Christian
Chapter 1 • Chapter 2 • Chapter 3 • Chapter 4 • Appendix A