"Why can't we all just get along?"
"We are all just trying to get to the same place."
"I don't think God would condemn anyone. He is the God of love."
"God wants us to be happy, doesn't he?"
"God made me this way."
"I don't need to go to church to worship the Creator."
"Attend the church of your choice."
"The preacher preaches at me."
"I live a good life."
There are so many who want to "worship" in their own way. They don't want to be obedient to God's word. They want to be told that they aren't so bad. They get their feelings hurt by the preacher or other Christians.
So it seems easier on us to go about our business not offending anyone, doing a good deed now and then, and expecting to get to Heaven.
And sadly, many religions will even teach some of that.
Many religions would have us believe us think that we can all live together in peace and harmony.
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! (Galatians 1:8 NASB)
Now let me say one thing here, I am not the only Christian but I am Christian only. I want to be a Christ follower. I want to be obedient to God's word because I know that He loves me. I know what He saves me from. I know that He gave His son to die FOR ME.
He gives very specific guidelines for me, who am I to try to bend those guidelines to suit myself?
I am by no means pure or perfect. I fail daily. But God provided for that as well by extending mercy and grace.
God knows that if I start to be influenced by those that don't follow Him completely, that I could be lost. He tells me that I must choose my friends wisely and that I must come out from among the unbelievers.
"Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord. "A nd do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. (2 Corinthians 6:17 NASB)
However, We can never be too far from unbelievers because we do live and work in this world. But our thoughts, words and behaviors should set us apart.
Our purpose is to try to bring others to Jesus. But, coexist? No, never!