Throwback Thursday: The “Coexist” bumper sticker

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on April 27th, 2016 and has been only slightly revised.

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I was driving home from work today when I spotted a “Coexist” bumper sticker on the back of the car in front of me. You’re no doubt familiar with these stickers. In place of the letters, C-o-e-x-i-s-t, the sticker substitutes symbols of various religious and humanistic belief systems. The original design was created by Polish graphic artist,  Piotr Mlodozeniec, in 2000 and has been revised by several others.

A few sources describe the symbols as follows:

  • The C with the star is the crescent moon, the symbol for Islam.
  • The O is the symbol for peace.
  • The E includes the symbols for male & female with some also saying the “e” is symbolic of science (i.e., E=mc2).
  • The X is the star of David, symbol for Judaism.
  • The I is dotted with a Wiccan pentagram.
  • The S is the symbol for the yin-yang, supposedly representing Eastern religions such as Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.
  • The T is the cross, the symbol for Christianity.

The combined symbols are meant to signify the supposed capacity of humans of different religious beliefs to live together in peace, harmony, and you-do-your-thing-and-I’ll-do-mine relativism.

Every genuine, born-again believer who sees that sticker knows better. There is only one way to ultimate peace and salvation and that’s through Jesus Christ. All other religions are idolatry. When I see a car brandishing a Coexist bumper sticker, I say to myself, that poor soul doesn’t know Jesus. We need to tell more people about the Savior. I surely try to love all people, but I don’t respect their idolatrous religions.

But the leader of a 1.2 billion member “christian” denomination teaches something very similar to that bumper sticker. The Catholic pope declares that people of all religions can be saved “if they follow the light they’ve been given” and are “good.” He says EVEN atheists will be saved if they “follow their conscience” and are “good.” That message is straight from hell. Every born-again believer who embraces the Catholic church as Christian needs to turn off TBN and start reading their Bible again.

“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.” – Matthew 10:34-36

For more Bible verses that teach Jesus is the only way to God see below:

JESUS THE ONLY WAY

35 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: The “Coexist” bumper sticker

  1. “Every born-again believer who embraces the Catholic church as Christian needs to turn off TBN and start reading their Bible again.”

    That statement should be posted at the entrance of every church where born again believers gather! Good post Tom!

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  2. Excellent, Tom. A few years ago, I wrote a blog called “Christians Cannot Coexist.” Like you, I based it on those bumper stickers which I got sick of looking at. It gives the appearance of being good, but is far from it.

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    1. Thanks, David! Yes, the “Coexist” philosophy appears as good and rational to the natural man whereas Christian exclusivity is not tolerated in this era of toleration, pluralism, and relativism.

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  3. My view is that I can coexist, of course. My religion doesn’t instruct me to wage war against others, and the way I see it is all I can do is share about Jesus, and it’s up to others if they want to accept Christ or not. (Lead a horse to water…) But this doesn’t mean I have to associate with (for example, witches) outside of work or daily civil life. I’m kind to everyone, but I’m not everyone’s friend, if that makes sense.

    But in today’s society, I see that sticker as a sign of, “Look at me, look at me! I’m so virtuous, Look at me!” I find it hollow and insincere, just someone flashing faux virtue.

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    1. Thanks, Yari! While we certainly don’t hold to religious militantism as did Roman Catholicism for centuries and as Islam did/does, reaching out to unbelievers with the Gospel connotes that we possess the truth and they don’t, which is unacceptable in today’s era of relativism. The Bible does say that we’re in constant spiritual battle with the evil one and part of that battle is reaching out to unbelievers, not as enemies, but as lost souls who need the Lord. I appreciated your comments so that I could clarify.

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      1. Agreed! And may I add that I think the sticker just needed that T and that’s why the cross is there? Because Christianity is certainly not super-tolerated these days! The sticker would be more accurate as COEXIS- with the way things are looking 🤔

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      2. Yeah, some of the religions/philosophies are definitely looked upon more favorably than Christianity. The genuine church also gets a bad rap from the bad things done throughout history by institutional “Christendom.”

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  4. I loved this post! I was unaware of that bumper sticker meaning. Thank you for clarifying. Good lord we need Jesus! Thank you for helping spread the truth. Keep up the good work and prayers for your continued journey.

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  5. I despise this bumper sticker (and the “tolerance believe in it” one). Where I live very rarely does this bumper sticker appear solo. It is usually in conjunction with not eating meat (various animal rights causes) reproductive rights, with rainbows and pot leaf decals adorning the rear window glass. I cannot help but to try and get a peak of the person driving this vehicle and 9/10 times I am reminded of a bumper sticker I saw when I was 16 on the back of a Jeep Wrangler that read, “HEY YOU GET OUT OF THE GENE POOL!”

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    1. RE: Where I live very rarely does this bumper sticker appear solo

      LOL! You’re right! It’s the same up here in ROC.

      Hmm. I wasn’t familiar with the “Tolerance…believe in it” bumper sticker but I googled it and I see it’s a variant of Coexist with a Native American peace pipe as the L, a Native American “Kokopelli” as the R, and a Bah’ai 9-pointed star under the N.
      I too am also curious to see who is driving a car with all of those proselytizing bumper stickers on the back. Probably a mainline Protestant minister in many cases.

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      1. I realize I did not make a very Christian comment. I wrote a better one for Beth! The tolerance one is newer. Lancaster County is trending in a direction where it could easily be “a mainline Protestant minister.” I mean, just last night I saw online that an undergrad on my Jordan and Israel trip was arrested for having and distributing child porn. He was a youth pastor. Heartbreaking. Absolutely heartbreaking.

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  6. It boggles my mind about how some evangelicals can buy into this when scriptures like 1 John 2:23, 5:12, John 3:18, 2 Thess 1:5-10, are very clear about this topic.

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    1. Thanks, brother! Yeah, I can clearly remember putting the post together…doesn’t seem like five years ago. Most people who identify as “Christian” would “Amen” that bumper sticker.

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  7. Day is going well. That is crazy to hear more news of antiAsian American. As a pastor I’m trying to shepherd not only my congregation but my circle of influence to also be careful and not think that because the suspects are of a certain skin color to not go down the dark hole to think many or all people of a certain background are racists, hate Asians, etc. These days it’s easy for the work to be pulled into extreme hate and extreme positions

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