Originally created 04/22/01

Apostles didn't worry about offending



Regarding The Chronicle executive editor Dennis Sodomka's Easter column contending the comic strip B.C., which ran the same day, was not meant to offend: He seemed to be suggesting that Christians should be broad-minded about other religions and careful not to offend. Considerations such as "All roads lead to the same place," or "Different religions all have some truth and are equal like sisters," etc., seems the best attitude suggested for Christians.

If the Apostles had followed such advice, we would not have a worldwide Christian religion today. If they didn't want to offend anyone, they would not have gone into the world with the good news of Christ crucified, of salvation in Him and believing in Him, of the Holy Spirit, etc...

But they did go out and did offend many, and many of them were put into prison, beaten, and killed. Even Jesus offended many among the Jews...

The broad-minded attitude the article suggests was not the teaching of Jesus who taught that the way was narrow that led to life. Paul, himself a Jew, preached to Jews to accept Christ. He was a Jew who accepted Christ, thus going beyond Judaism...

The fact is Christianity is in opposition to all the world's religions. The truths Christianity claim are in great contrast to other religions, and to suggest it's on equal ground with them is to deny its great truths. If this offends someone, then they may have to be offended...

The Rev. Daniel McAughey, Augusta

(Editor's note: The author is pastor at St. Luke's Anglican Catholic Church.)