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We live in a world of choices. In the early days, Henry Ford announced customers could have a Model T in any color they wanted as long as it was black. Today you have a confusing array of tones and hues.
When I was a kid, we got one television station, that is once we finally had a TV. On a really good day, we might get a second signal. Today we have a choice of over a hundred satellite channels. Ironically, there's even less that's worth watching.
Once upon a time, in a universe far far away, ice cream came in vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry, or a combination of all three. Today you can get it in anything from cookie dough to tomato. Mmmm! We are surrounded with a smorgasbord of choices.
Religion also comes in choices. Where I preached before coming here, within a mile of our church was a Jewish synagogue, a Muslim mosque, a Hindu temple, two Catholic parishes, and about as many other Protestant groups that you can think of. In a small town, the options may seem more limited until you begin to consider the huge assortment of religious messages that enter our homes through television, radio, and print.
We have a lot of choices. At first blush, most people conclude the choices are all the same. Religion is religion is religion, so we are told. Generally, the people who are making such claims are folk with a Christian background who are no longer sure what they believe. You won't find many Hindus, Muslims, or Jews who say all religions are the same. In fact, that "they're all the same" claim is really quite condescending. It refuses to give other religions enough credit to allow them to really believe what they say they believe.
The problem is many folk view the religious choices of our day like ice cream flavors. To each his own. It is all a matter of personal taste. You pick your favorite. If you like it and it wor ...
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