Many Cultures, One Messiah

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll 
   and to open its seals, 
because you were slain, 
   and with your blood you purchased for God 
   persons from every tribe and language and people and nation
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, 
   and they will reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:1-10)

The gospel has always been multicultural, it’s just not multireligious.

2 thoughts on “Many Cultures, One Messiah

  1. Matthew, One wonders which century you are living in when you promote this conceit.
    Perhaps the mid nineteenth when Western Christian religious provincialism was at its zenith? Largely because they had no knowledge of the Great Tradition of humankind. And they also presumed that everyone else were “heathen savages”.
    It is almost as though the 20th Century did not occur. And as if you deny the fact that the contents of the entire Great Tradition of humankind is now freely available to anyone with an internet.
    Please find three references which address the kind of religious provincialism that you promote.
    Truth & Religion via:
    The Basket of Tolerance (on Understanding the Great Tradition)
    On the universal, non-Christian, non-sectarian Spirit-Breathing Spiritual Way of Life taught and demonstrated by Saint Jesus of Galilee while he was alive.


  2. Once again you’re twisting the language to suit your own purposes, recasting my words as a call for western imperialism when, quite the contrary, I’m asserting Jesus subverts both western catergorization (“every tribe and language and people and nation”) and militaristic adventurism (“See, the Lion … Then I saw a Lamb”). Moreover, you speak of “tollerance” with a snear and preach a “universalism” that requires all to bow down to Adi Da as a god. I understand you’re objections on one level, but I don’t find your alternative particularly compelling (or tollerant or universal).


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