'Interfaith dialogue' is gaining in popularity, with people of all religions gathering together to talk and discuss matters of religion...
It is one thing to talk about other religions and engage with people of other faiths, but it is quite another to meet in a 'group' with people of other religions to 'share' ideas.
This page is an overview of our view of 'interfaith dialogue'. The tabs on the left address a number of interfaith movements - this is not to endorse them but to expose their activities, allowing their own words to show the danger they pose to free and open discussion and debate on issues of faith.
How should Christians approach this matter?
We are concerned about formal 'interfaith dialogue' initiatives, because they undermine the ability of Christians to plainly speak the truth about Christianity - or to speak honestly about their concerns regarding other faiths whose followers may be participating in such groups.
Christianity claims to have the 'Truth' - that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that He is the only way to God the Father, as He said in John 14:6. If Christians engage in 'interfaith dialogue' with Muslims or Hindus or Jews, etc it is very difficult, in fact often impossible, to continue to proclaim the superiority of Christianity and the need to turn to Christ for salvation.
If one actually starts evangelising those of other faiths at such meetings, because one believes they need to know Jesus Christ, one soon finds that such expressions of faith are not welcomed.
Thus, we believe that belonging to formal interfaith networks and organisations leads to a compromise of the Christian faith.
Engaging with people of other faiths and none
Open debate with people of other faiths
We all need to be able to openly present our beliefs and discuss and criticise the beliefs of others. Paul gives Christians an example to follow in Acts 17 - where he went into the synagogue and into the marketplace to discuss his faith with others. He was then taken to Mars Hill and the Areopagus, where he presented the gospel clearly and referred to the beliefs of his hearers, in particular the Epicureans and Stoics.
Working on issues
For instance, the Community Coalition for a Drug-free Society was set up to oppose the introduction of drug injecting rooms in Victoria. Christians and non-Christians could agree on such an aim and work together.
None of these were specifically 'religious' groupings.
As already stated, we see such groups as unnecessary and counter productive to reaching people with the Good News of the Gospel. Our links and explanations are not there to promote them but for the purpose of exposing who they are and allowing their own words to show the danger they pose to free and open 'dialogue' or discussion and debate on issues of faith.