The Antichrist will one day promote one-world religion in addition to one-world government. The line between religious tolerance and one-world religion continues to blur, and an air of acceptance of all religions, no matter the fundamental values, is developing around the world signifying the coming of this endtime prophecy.
Religious conflict is one of the oldest and most enduring clashes in all of history – in fact, one look at a timeline is all it takes to see that many religious conflicts are older than some of the most powerful nations on the planet, and have involved more people than any war ever fought. When some conflicts and disagreements turn to peace and unity, however, will we be able to expect world peace as an eminent possibility? Understanding the difference between religious tolerance versus one world religion, especially as we come closer to the end of the world, is absolutely critical if we are to truly understand what is happening today.
What’s the Difference?
Religious tolerance is a choice to live in peace with other faiths by coming together to settle important issues even when there are major doctrinal disagreements that neither side is willing to back down from.
However, the naivety that causes a group to force religious tolerance can quickly become toxic to any faith, destroying the foundation of its teachings and encouraging people to set aside truths in the name of concepts like harmony or acceptance. The reality is that abolishing ideals in the name of concepts is something that supports the coming Antichrist instead of God.
Ultimately, one-world religion will arise with the complete eradication of fundamental religious ideals in the name of a generalized, feel-good faith to be embraced by distinctive religions around the world. Revelation 13:11-12 describes the coming of this one-world religion:
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Interfaithism and religious tolerance are quickly becoming synonymous in today’s society, and ultimately confusing the line between tolerance and totality.
Where the Line Becomes Crossed
In January 2013, the Catholic and Protestant denominations in the United States agreed to recognize baptisms from each other’s churches. For some, this sounds like an act of religious tolerance and a positive move for the Christian faith – as did the Interfaith Dialogue for World Peace hosted by the United Nations. However, acknowledging another faith’s baptismal ceremonies as one baptism sparks fuel to an interfaith fire that could lead to a breakdown of the lines that divide each religion. While the UN’s international attempt to promote interfaith harmony is met with good intentions, what will the future hold for world peace? One cannot forget to recognize that one-world religion is prophesied in the Bible, but this doesn’t mean that world peace is approaching.
However, the media continues to perpetuate a different view of religious tolerance, believing it to be a stance that will change the world with reports showing that the choice of religion is nothing more than a statistical note for an ever-increasing number of confused followers who have lost faith. But here’s the truth: the line between religious tolerance and a one-world religion is crossed when faith and doctrine cease to matter.
But Wait, Isn’t This God’s Plan?
One final factor in understanding religious tolerance versus one-world religion is the most important of them all – because all of this is part of God’s plan for the endtimes. Make no mistake: the Antichrist will be successful in partnering with the False Prophet to create one-world religion, and efforts to stop this will inevitably fail. But remember what Jesus said while speaking of the endtimes, “See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass” (Matthew 24:6). God has taken the Antichrist’s plans into account, and He has provided us with the tools we need to prepare for its coming.
You cannot stop the creation of a one-world religion, but you can help to educate others about true religious tolerance by becoming a partner of Endtime Ministries. With your help, we can continue to act as a beacon of truth, spreading the word of the Bible’s endtime prophecies and the promise of eternal life.