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Coexisting

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A question we may ask ourselves as Christians is “How do we live as Christians in a community that is bustling with the vitality of other religions?”    Often we see people who, when interacting with people of other religions, either avoid mention of their beliefs altogether or else view these people as ‘projects’ that need to be converted to the one true faith.  A discussion of how we can follow our own spiritual beliefs while still coexisting with those who hold different ones.

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Scripture:

Matthew 16:13-20

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.