Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”
2 Corinthians 6:14
I was at the mall recently and saw a movie poster for a manga-inspired feature film now playing, called “聖おにいさん.” Pronounced, “sei onii-san” in English translated on the artwork as “Saint Young Men” or “Saint Brothers.”
The manga and this film portray Jesus Christ (the cornerstone of Christianity) and Gautama Buddha (founder of Buddhism) as modern-day roommates in Tokyo. They share life together, hang around and do silly things together, getting themselves into all sorts of trouble. Jesus performs “accidental” miracles as a side effect when he is emotionally overwhelmed, while Buddha’s halo lights up as a result of a good deed having been done. Both have humanistic flaws in the comic, even though they are portrayed as taking a vacation from heaven (note: Buddha is not from heaven) and living a life on earth to explore and go to amusement parks.
The entire concept is anti-biblical and blasphemous. As a Christian, I am stupefied at the obvious in what is wrong with this picture, but in looking at this through the eyes of an unbelieving, unknowing world, I am filled with compassion and an intensified desire to share the truth with many. This manga portrays Jesus and Buddha in absolute fellowship. It is not to be taken lightly because many Japanese believe that religions can (and should) be able to “co-exist.” A friend once told me that Japanese are very “flexible” because they can believe in more than one religion.
If God is looking for a church of child-like faith, a true and virtuous bride, and one who does not waver but walks the narrow path of life, it is impossible to live two lives — one with Christ and one without. We are not to have fellowship with light (Jesus) and darkness (false gods, etc.) together. Only that of the same kind comes from a tree. Apple trees bear apples. In the same way, from the same fountain cannot flow water both bitter and sweet. In the same way, our spirit cannot flow in two directions, both leading to the same place–this is impossible, yet so many believe all paths lead to God.
v.15: And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[a] are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”[b]
It is much easier to be a marginal Christian. It is even easier to be a zealous Christian who does not embrace the relational component of being a Christian and having a true relationship with God, the most important element of all. It takes great determination to be separate, holy, discerningly different.
I would like to encourage you today to shed the old skins and trade them in for new ones. Leave a life of compromise behind! Live a forward-motion life with God, seeking righteousness at every opportunity. Running the race to win!
“Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”[c]
Jesus and Buddha could never be roommates. They could not exist even in the same realm because of the absolute holiness of Jesus Christ. There is no fellowship between light and darkness. No grey areas. No relationship that goes “half-and-half.” Give it ALL to Jesus and see some new things take place in your life! Don’t be fooled into thinking God is a hobby for the weekend. He is our all in all, and He wants to be yours too. God bless you and thank you for reading today.