In one of the most misleading headlines of the year, the August 24 & 31, 2009 issue of Newsweek magazine had an article entitled “We are All Hindus Now.” The article, by Lisa Miller, states flatly: “America is not a Christian nation.” However, the article admits that only “a million-plus Hindus live in the United States,” and that “76 percent of us [Americans] continue to identify as Christians.” Let’s see if I got her math straight. 76% of American identify themselves as Christians and less than 1/2 of 1% identify themselves as Hindus, but we are “all Hindus now.” Hmmm. This must be some kind of weird “new math.” Anyone, Ms. Miller writes that you are “all Hindus” now.
Of course, her math is absurd. If America is any religion at all, it is clearly a Christian nation. When you read her article in Newsweek, you can see the writer’s real agenda. She writes that “A Hindu believes that there are many paths to God,” and she goes on to state under this belief system, one can find God via Jesus, the Qur’an or yoga practice. She adds “None is better than any other; all are equal.” Reading between the lines, one can see that if you are a Bible-believing Christian, be prepared to be demonized in the future. She further writes: “the most traditional, conservative Christians have not been taught to think like this.” [Emphasis added.] So, if you are a conservative Christian, the Newsweek article indicates that you are the problem and that you need to be “taught” to think differently.
The article continues to criticize traditional Christianity in stating that: “They [Christians] learn in Sunday school that their religion is true, and others are false. Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ Americans are no longer buying it.” She does cite a poll which reveals that “65 percent of us believe that ‘many religions can lead to eternal life’–including 37 percent of white evangelicals, the group most likely to believe that salvation is theirs alone.” [Emphasis added.] Did you notice how her choice of words attempts to marginalize white evangelicals who believe the Bible literally?
The poll above does not prove that the Bible is wrong at all. Polls do not determine truth. If 70% of the people believed there really is a “man in the moon,” it would not make their belief true. What the poll shows is that modern Christians have significantly fallen away from their core biblical beliefs (exactly what II Thessalonians 2:3 prophesied would occur in the latter days). Those who have any doubts about the provable accuracy of the Bible are referred to my articles “Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?” and “Is the Earth Really 6,000 Years Old?” (both available at the Articles link at this website’s homepage).
The real agenda of the Newsweek magazine article is to shape its readers’ attitudes to be prepared for a coming one-world religion where everyone will accept everyone else’s religious beliefs as an acceptable path to God and eternal life (however one defines those two concepts). There is an unspoken hint in this article to its readers that if you don’t want to be part of the “out crowd” that will be persecuted in the future, you better have the religious attitudes we want you to have. If “conservative Christians” choose not to accept a one-world religion, they will be “taught” to do so.
The article attributes to Christianity a belief that is not in the Bible. It asserts “Christians traditionally believe that bodies and souls…will be reunited in the Resurrection. You need both…to live forever.” The Bible does not support such a viewpoint. The hope of the Christian believer is, indeed, a bodily resurrection, but I Corinthians 15:40-44 teaches that in the resurrection of the Christian saints, one’s body in the resurrection is not the old physical body which died, but rather a new spirit body that permits one to live in the spiritual realm.
In terms of accepting a “one world religion,” I wonder how receptive Saudi Arabia or Iran would have been to this concept if the Newsweek article had printed in their nations?