One of the questions put forward frequently is ‘How could you invite people of other religions to use your place of worship?’ Do you not think you compromise the confessions of your faith? Do you not believe in the Uniqueness of Christ?
These questions are to be found often not on the lips of people who are without any faith commitments or of other Faiths but are of the Christian faith. It is a question posed with utter sincerity and conviction that the name of Christ is unique for the salvation of humanity and it is the duty of a Christian to convert others to that conviction. This conviction is developed on the basis of a defence made by St Peter before the religious authorities in Jerusalem when they were threatened with imprisonment and possible execution for preaching salvation in the name of Jesus. St Peter said, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Peter made this claim at the point of death. His claim would cost him his life. For one to make such claim, the conviction must be total and deeply personal. Peter to make this claim was more unique than the uniqueness my friends claim for Christ. The reason is simple. Peter proclaimed the very name as the name for salvation which he denied at the point of death of Christ a few weeks earlier. There was a change in the life of Peter before and after the death of Jesus. The evidence for Peter’s conversion is of cosmic proportions. It is hard to compare it to anything in our day to day life. The uniqueness the Peter claimed for Jesus was not an objective claim he came to learn, understand and preach but it was a subjective experience which evident in the life of Peter which was most powerful.
Therefore, when someone makes a claim on the uniqueness of Christ without subjective evidence to that in their own lives, then their claim becomes suspect. This leads one to question.
Consider this. Should I claim that I am unique, I must do so in isolation or in comparison. For Christians to make a claim on their uniqueness they may do so in isolation or in relation to others. Claim to uniqueness made in isolation may appear to be narcissistic i.e. I see my own reflection in a mirror and adore how wonderful and unique I am. I can see myself in a group photograph and think I am unique in that group. But these two alternates does not make Christ unique. Which turns our attention to Christ himself.
Christ is unique for a number of reason. He was unique in refusing to be unique. He was unique in his uncertain birth. He was unique in choosing to identify himself with the sinners and outcasts. He was unique in standing by what he believed. He was unique in his humiliating death. Therefore I may claim to the uniqueness of Christ if my own life demonstrates one or all those unique qualities that Christ demonstrated in his life. If not, my claim of the uniqueness of Christ would be mere words. There cannot be more harm done to the cause of Christ than empty words.
 Acts 4.12