Wendy Kaminer explains how the less we know about religions other than our own, and even our own, the more ignorant we can be:
It seems obvious that ignorance like this enhances bigotry. The less people know about Islam the more likely they’ll take on faith the ravings of Islamaphobes like Pam Geller. A little less obvious, and surely less noticed, is the corrosive effect of misinformation about unpopular or demonized religions on civil liberty. Muslims may be most directly effected by post 9/11 abuses, ranging from torture and summary detentions to secret blacklisting, but imbuing the government with unaccountable power to engage in these practices poses clear and present dangers to everyone’s liberty.
This helps explain why MJ and I own a copy of the Koran, why we read Marcus Borg, appreciate Judaism, have respected friends that are of other faith paths, and could never stump so low as to ignorantly attempt to proselytize them. Let me be clear: this isn’t a call to a “hey man, whatever works for you is ok” conversation. I thought about this in this way before today, but after MJ and I sat it on a seminary class on 1 Corinthians 15, it had me thinking: who/what belongs to Christ?
For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.
This is a neat fork in the road courtesy of the Apostle Paul. This could mean that 1) all in Christ will be made alive or 2) all things will be made alive. In the end, there is not weeping or gnashing of teeth. For:
When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
All will be subject to God except God. All that will be left will be God. Lets chew on that exegesis on this Friday night.