(TRUNEWS) The march to one world religion is stepping at a much faster beat today, as “The House of One” being built in Berlin, Germany plans to accommodate the three major monotheistic religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity under one roof.
Berlin is soon to become home to something truly unique. Jews, Christians, and Muslims are planning to build a house of worship here – one that brings a synagogue, a church, and a mosque together under one roof. The three separate sections will be linked by a communal room in the center of the building. This will serve as a meeting place, where worshippers and members of the public can come together and learn more about the religions and each other.
Even though the Jewish population in Berlin is small, and Islam is rapidly increasing, each of the major faiths will be granted equal size worship areas to allow adherents to practice their religious faith.
Kandir Sanci, the Islamic Imam assigned to the new effort, had this to say:
“The equal relationship between the religions that defines the work within the association and that was applied in all the decision-making processes throughout the architectural competition highlights one of the hallmarks of The House of One: an atmosphere of openness that gives us, Muslims in this city and in this country, a publicly tangible place to call home and a place where we are taken seriously – in the way we interpret and observe our religion, and in the way it can be part of a fruitful exchange with the city and other religions.”
HISTORY OF “THE HOUSE OF ONE” SITE
According to the website Haaretz.com, “The House of One” is being built on the remains of Berlin’s earliest church, Petrikirche, also known as St. Peter’s Church on Periplatz. The original church was the core of the city, and the location of Periplatz is considered the birthplace of Berlin.
The destruction of the church took place in the last days of World War II . While the church survived the bombing unscathed, it came under fire in April 1945 as SS units were entrenched inside. After the war ended, only ruins remained. Since the German government had no interest to finance a reconstruction of the church, and road planning in the way, the parish council in 1960 was forced to agree to demolition. The last remnants of buildings were demolished in 1964. In spite of these setbacks, a core group of Christians has always maintained a close presence with the church site as caretakers, meeting nearby over the past several decades.
Ironically, this current project of religious ecumnenicalism being built on the rubble of an ancient cathedral of the Christian faith mirrors the efforts of global religion to supplant the true faith of the Cross.
In their efforts to bridge across religions, “The House of One” declares:
When they embarked on their collaboration in 2010, the partners realized that it would be impossible to clear up in advance all the difficult theological and political questions raised by the project. With this in mind, they drew up a charter that, in connection with the founding of an association, created a legally binding, transparent structure that will serve as the foundation for all other plans from here on in.
The charter states that the individual institutions each represent their own religion, but that they do not make any claim to exclusivity. The institutions and schools of thought are invited to join the project and share some of the aspects that make their respective religion so diverse. To do so, they must agree to abide by the principles contained in the charter.
DARKER FORCES AT WORK AT “THE HOUSE OF ONE”?
Note the use of the traditional “peace sign” in their promotional site. Perhaps this gives an even darker, hidden agenda behind these efforts at unification?
“Known as the ‘peace sign’ throughout the 1960’s and into the present day, this symbol is the Teutonic rune of death. 1950’s peace advocate Gerald Holtom may have been commissioned by communist sympathiser Bertrand Russell to design a symbol to unite leftist peace marchers in 1958. It is clear that either Holtom or Russell deemed the Teutonic (Neronic) cross as the appropriate symbol for their cause.
“Throughout the last 2,000 years this symbol has designated hatred of Christians. Nero, who despised Christians, crucified the Apostle Peter on a cross head downward. This hideous event resembled the Teutonic cross and became a popular pagan insignia of the day. Thereafter, this sign became known as the ‘Neronic cross.’
“The symbol’s origin in history proves it to be the visual mystic character for ‘Aum’ (the split ‘Y’). This is the sacred word to the Hindu. Chanting ‘Aum’ is supposed to help awaken ‘the serpent power of Brahma’ at the base of the human spine. Occultist Albert Pike also identifies this symbol as mystical in his book on Freemasonry Morals and Dogma.
The peace symbol (also called the “broken cross,” “crow’s foot,” “witch’s foot,” “Nero Cross,” “sign of the ‘broken Jew,’” and the “symbol of the ‘anti-Christ”’) is actually a cross with the arms broken. It also signifies the “gesture of despair,” and the “death of man.”
“The Germanic tribes who used it attributed strange and mystical properties to the sign. Such a ‘rune’ is said to have been used by ‘black magicians’ in pagan incantations and condemnations….To this very day the inverted broken cross–identical to the socialists’ ‘peace’ symbol–is known in Germany as a ‘todersrune,’ or death rune. Not only was it ordered by Hitler’s National Socialists that it must appear on German death notices, but it was part of the official inscription prescribed for the gravestones of Nazi officers of the dread SS. The symbol suited Nazi emphasis on pagan mysticism.”
WHY SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE WORRIED ABOUT “THE HOUSE OF ONE”?
What is the ultimate goal of this ecumenical venture? Scripture gives clear guidance as to how Bible-believing Christians are to live. Colossians 3:17 states our purpose this way: “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Regarding our interactions with the lost, Jesus says in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 28:18–20 and 1 Corinthians 2:2 make the gospel our top priority. All that we do is to bring glory and honor to God, we are to live in good works before a lost and dying world, and we must bring to the world the life-changing message of the gospel. Sharing the death and resurrection of Christ brings glory to God and should motivate our interaction with the world.
Regarding ecumenical ventures, we need to ask whether or not these goals are being pursued. Often, sharing the gospel becomes an afterthought, if it is even thought of at all. In place of the Gospel, ecumenism tends to focus on political and social messages. Rather than seek to transform hearts, ecumenical endeavors often seek to transform environments—political, social, or financial. The ultimate goal of our actions should be the salvation of lost sinners (Ephesians 2:1–3). The angels of heaven rejoice over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10). There is nothing in the Bible that says the angels rejoice when a law is passed, when a well is dug, or when a street is paved. (Not that there is anything wrong with accomplishing those things, but they cannot be allowed to overshadow the gospel.) As we contemplate ecumenical ventures, we need to make sure God’s kingdom is being expanded through evangelism.
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