Do not love this world nor the things it offers you,
for when you love the world, you do not have
the love of the Father in you.
For the world offers only a craving for physical
pleasure, a craving for everything we see,
and pride in our achievements and possessions.
These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
(1 John 2:15-16 NLT)
Syncretism: the curse of apostate religion
~ Derek Thomas
According to Merriam, syncretism means:
1: the combination of different forms of belief or practice
2: the fusion of two or more originally different inflectional forms
Put another, yet similar way:
The union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy).
There's soooo much I could say on this subject, but I've decided to say but little. The fact is, there is much going on in the religious world that is, unfortunately, oh-so cozy with THE world.
Here we have the your God is the same God as my God doctrine. It is the concerted compromise of making Christianity like any other worldview. Regardless of what undergirds the motive for it, it certainly contains an element of craving in its ingredients -- for acceptance & validation, if not for vainglory. Pride revs its engine. Christianity is dumbed down.
All men (women & children) are precious & equal. All beliefs & practices are not.
The operative word here is yoked, and not to be confused with becoming narrow-minded & meanspirited, lest we forget the mandate to love ...
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.
For what do righteousness and
wickedness have in common?
Or what fellowship can
light have with darkness?
What harmony is there between Christ
and Belial? Or what does a believer
have in common with an unbeliever?
What agreement is there between
the temple of God and idols?
~ 2 Corinthians 6:14-16