Kathy just called me and told me she saw this bumper sticker on a truck as she fought traffic on Wadsworth Boulevard. How clever! It uses the same religions that the infamous “Coexist” bumper sticker uses, including Hinduism, Daoism, Shintoism, Unitarian Universalism, Satanism, Atheism, Islamism, and Judaism. There is a website where these bumperstickers can be purchased (http://www.contradictmovement.org; warning: I do not endorse everything on this web site, whether message or method).
The “Coexist” campaign is meant to promote pluralism, a theory or system that recognizes more than one ultimate principle. The very idea is contradictory. The Koran says, “And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers” (3.85). Shintoism says that humans become gods (kamis) after death, and they do not believe in absolute right and wrong with the soul losing individual identity and becoming part of one great guardian spirit (Japan-Guide.com; litesofheaven.com). Atheism believes, since there is no God, that there is no judgment and no accountability to a higher power. Taking any number of tenets about conduct, salvation, our nature, deity, afterlife, and the like, one sees inescapable and frequent contradiction between these faiths and philosophies. Yet, even without all of this, there is the exclusive truth claim of Christianity in Scripture. The “Contradict” bumper sticker has a passage that says much. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). Jesus speaks of an exclusive way, calling it “the” way and saying there is “no other” way.
The “Coexist” mentality is founded, for some, upon a noble enough desire, the desire for peace and harmony. Yet, it seeks the wrong way to peace and harmony, letting mankind devise their own way for this to exist. We do not have that prerogative. The Bible reveals God, the Creator, in a specific way, revealing His nature, His will, and His expectations. With that, there is human accountability and an expectation that people will follow that way or suffer the consequences of disobedience. Conflicting, opposing positions contradict one another, and they cannot all be true!