This post is a result of an exchange of posts over at John Dobb’s blog and at John’s urging. He posted about visiting churches of “other faiths”- meaning not affiliated with Churches of Christ. I noted that the churches he had visited professed the same Lord as did John and the Churches of Christ and therefore were not “other faiths.”
I see “other faiths” as being Islam, Buddism, Judaism or Hindu. Believers who practice these religions do not recognize Jesus Christ as Lord. Their faith rests elsewhere.
I view the churches John mentioned as “other faith families”. They do differ in practice and doctrine from Churches of Christ in some ways, but still hold firm to the core of Christianity- that is- Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, came to earth to redeem us, dying on a cross, buried in a tomb, and was raised three days later.
Even back in my college days I was never comfortable referring to those in the Christian community who worship differently than us and who view doctrine differently than us as being “other faiths”.
This just could be a semantic deal or it could just be no big deal at all.