The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? -Jer 17:9
I stumbled across a segment of Anderson Cooper’s show the other day. They were reporting from Turkey since the Pope is visiting. In the segment, they paid a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary near Ephesus, where legend says that the Apostle John brought Mary to live after Christ’s resurrection. People wandered through, lit candles, and showed other signs of devotion. CNN interviewed these pilgrims from all over the world and found that they came united by mysticism. And they expressed the world’s theology:
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It’s not important what religion you believe. … It’s important what is in your heart.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My wife is a Christian though I’m a Hindu. We worship in a church or in a Hindu temple. I worship in the same spirit with the same faith, and all the time whenever I worship most of the dreams have come true.
These man-on-the-street interviews were followed by the blockheaded musings and stereotypings of faith “experts:”
…too often we talk about what is sometimes referred to as high religion. Issues of theology, issues of doctrinal differences.
Fundamentalism in all religions — Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam — is primarily a reactionary ideology. It is not an independent ideology. It needs something to resist against, to react against.
Because his whole idea here is to say people of faith, people who believe, you know, should be united in that belief in God…
So that about sums it up: It doesn’t matter what you believe, just believe, man, because we all worship the same God. And don’t worry that the Bible — God’s revelation to man — teaches the opposite.