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The outrageous "Will It Blend?" videos on YouTube are causing quite a sensation. In each of the videos, a man in a white lab coat places an object into a blender and turns it on, demolishing iPods, Bic lighters, golf balls, Coke cans, a pair of Nikes, and many other items. In the latest video, he smashes a brand new Apple iPad into millions of tiny pieces – approximately the same number as the people who have watched the video. The only object they weren't able to "blend" was a crowbar. They didn't even try.
Though the videos are humorous, they remind us of something that's really quite serious. Many people throughout history have tried to blend Christianity with other religions to make it more acceptable to people of other faiths. But all they end up doing is stripping Christianity of its power, its truth and its Savior. By placing the Bible and Christianity into the "blender" of atheistic assumptions, they think they'll be successful at making its truths more palatable and easier for others to accept. But as with the crowbar, they are foolish for even trying.
Webster's dictionary defines "syncretism" as "the combination of different forms of belief or practice." From the very earliest days of Christianity, syncretism has been a blight on orthodox, biblical Christianity. It has taken many forms and has infiltrated the church for thousands of years. Even today there are people who are trying to blend the "Bible" with "evolution" – as in theistic evolution.
Without knowing it, most Christians have "blended" their beliefs with the belief systems and practices of non-Christians. That's why it's so important for us to examine the things we believe as well as the traditions we practice – placing them not in a blender but under the "microscope" of the Word of God.
If it blends, it's bad.