How dare you slander other religions! - 11/07/2002

I came across your website accidentally, and I think that what you preach is the filthiest, most hateful, and most ignorant crap that I have ever heard. How dare you slander other religions that have existed before Christianity ever came to be. There are MILLIONS of people in the world whose beliefs are as important to them as yours are to you. How can you expect respect from the world if you discount and insult the cultures, spirituality, and values of other human beings?




CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Nicole, thanks for contacting us at Contender Ministries. We appreciate all the feedback we get, including yours. You seem to have made some very broad-based presuppositions of our ministry without having read very much. For instance, there is a link on our website to a page entitled, "Does Our Website Make You Angry?" If you had only taken the time to read this, you would have found that it addresses many of your accusations. Well, it would at least address the "hateful" aspect. The other adjectives you chose to use do not address specific issues, so I'm not sure how to respond. The fact of the matter is, we share the truth in love. I challenge you to find anything on our website that is hateful towards any group of people. We challenge false doctrines, but we do not hate anyone. Indeed, we are following the commandment of Jesus Christ to share His gospel, and expose false prophets. Jesus is hardly someone you could call hateful. There are millions of people in this world who do not know the truth. That is why we are here. You would like to believe that all roads lead to Rome, in a spiritual sense. The truth of the matter is that Jesus Christ is the "way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." If Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal salvation, then all other ways are in error. To allow those beliefs to go unchallenged is the least loving thing I can imagine. If a friend of mine were about to step in front of a speeding bus, I would not be a very loving friend if I let him do it simply because I felt that he must follow his own path! Christianity is two thousand years old, and yes, many false religions pre-date that. However, the God we worship (Yahweh) is the only God, and he pre-dates the entire universe! You may not believe that, but your unbelief does nothing to change the truth. I could choose not to believe in gravity, but that won't make me float away. We slander no religion. For a charge of slander to be accurate, we must have lied about something. I challenge you to present us with any lie on our website. Everything we present is true. I hope you'll understand, that while you have made a personal attack on us for exercising our deeply held beliefs, we have made personal attacks on no one. We expose false teachings, while presenting the truth with love. It is our desire that all should come to a saving knowledge of and relationship with Jesus Christ. We want to do our part to save people from condemnation that will come without such a relationship. That is love, Nicole. And because of the peace and love that comes only through a personal relationship with Jesus, we can in turn love you and pray that you too, will experience salvation through Him. It is truly an awesome gift. May God speak to your heart.

In Him,

Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries