What Makes Us Different?
Our work at Bridges does not fit in existing religious, strategic or institutional molds. Bridges has discovered groundbreaking secrets hidden in the ancient languages of the scriptures:
We do NOT promote Universalism, Syncretism, "Chrislam" or Pluralism. However, the Semitic scriptural research that we promote, reveals revolutionary common ground on even the most controversial issues.
Why Should YOU Care?
Our communities and our freedoms are negatively impacted by opposing ideas which are most apparent in the case of religiously founded radicalism.
Bridges represents a hopeful alternative, the yeast of an awakening already happening; an awakening that is able to fuel fundamental change.
Is Bridges A Religious Organization?
"Religion" can be defined many different ways; as an institution it is comprised of mainly of man-made doctrines and traditions.
While we may cherish and adhere to our personal faith traditions, we would rather refer to ourselves as, "followers of Jesus the Messiah" who are submitted to God and inspiring reconciliation and redemption.
Are We Attempting To Secretly Convert You?!
NO. We do not have any institution to "convert" you to. It is not our job to convince you of anything or change your mind.
The word used MOST frequently for "convert" is rooted in the word "Shalom" - But what does peace have to do with conversion?
We encourage people from ALL backgrounds to "Turn" to the one God, creator of all things. We also encourage people from ALL backgrounds to "Submit" to God and to "Be Completed" through the Messiah, Jesus...regardless of your chosen culture or faith tradition.
What Does A Bridge Accomplish?
A "bridge" is a means to connect people, often from different backgrounds and communities. A bridge is necessary infrastructure, allowing those represented on opposite sides of a divide to interact with one another. In terms of our organization, our bridge facilitates a much needed process of conflict resolution between the commonly divided Abrahamic faith groups.
This "bridge" is NOT designed to "merge" these different groups creating "one religion", We are building bridges to follow God's greatest commandment...To Love God & Neighbor.
What Impact Will The "Awakening" Have?
Bridges To Common Ground aims to empower awakenings. These awakenings are occurring all over the world and are represented by both spiritual and political movements. We believe God is working in wonderful ways right now...it is our goal to empower this awakening.
We see this awakening as an organic movement of people from all backgrounds and cultures, submitting to God, following Jesus and inspiring reconciliation...or in other words, a non-religiously exclusive, Jesus-centric movement.
We accomplish this by infusing these movements with hopeful and spiritual alternatives to the status quo. It is imperative that we re-direct fear and frustration, in it's place creating an effective and constructive awakening.
Are We Just Another "Interfaith" Group?
The result is not simply another nice sounding but mostly useless "interfaith encounter" or "universalistic utopia," but rather a concrete, Jesus-centric blueprint to empower a major paradigm shift, both personally and culturally.
I was given an extraordinary inside look into the world of Jesus-based relational diplomacy that Mark advocates for, and I saw up close and personal not only that it works, but how it works.
Aaron Daniel Taylor,Film Maker, Author & Producer