Religious Pluralism

What is truth? Is it some kind of social construct? Does it depend on interpretation or situation? Let’s start by looking at a typical law of logic named “The Law of the Excluded Middle.”

A says 2+2=4.

B says 2+2=6.

In no universe is there a possibility that both A and B are true. Either A is true or B is true – there is no middle ground. This is the basic logical law of the Excluded Middle. Let’s look at another, more timely illustration:

Biblical Christianity says that Jesus is the only way to Heaven/God (John 14:6, Acts 4:11-12, Romans 1:16, 2 John 7-11).

Religious pluralism, or what has become known as “New Age Spirituality” says that there are many paths to “God.”

Either Biblical Christianity is exclusively right or religious pluralism is exclusively right. Logically, there can be no middle ground. There can not possibly be “many ways” and “only one way.”

It’s one thing for non-Christians to subscribe to this belief. It’s something completely different for Christians – PREACHERS, none-the-less – to teach this. I’ve included links to two different videos from Larry King Live episodes. Keep in mind that the basic venue is the same, and the topics are really identical. Both Joel Osteen and John MacArthur are best-selling “Christian” authors, and both have served / are serving in a local church as pastor. But their defense of the gospel is very different. Watch for yourself.

Most pastors I know would die for an opportunity like this – Millions of people watching… “How does one get to heaven?” Would your pastor stumble over this question? Would your pastor defend Hinduism or collective spirituality? I should hope that he would capitalize on the opportunity to witness to millions of people that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. You would think this would go without saying!
In our efforts to be inoffensive and tolerant, we are neglecting the sharing of words that bring life. In Romans 10:13-15, Paul explains that we are the vehicles God has chosen through which to share the saving truth of His Word to the world. Sadly, however, we’re driving to our destination, and delivering pizza instead. Even if “Your Best Life Now” was possible, what good would it be if you spend eternity in Hell separated from God? Is your neighbor’s happiness and prosperity what is most important? Or the eternal destination of her soul?
Share the truth. Deliver the gospel you are chosen to chauffeur.
2 Timothy 4:1-4 –
“Before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom, I solemnly charge you: proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when they will no longer tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will accumulate teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.”

Grace and Peace,

  One thought on “Religious Pluralism

  1. April 24, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    I've been waiting to hear someone preach the sermon "tolerance and acceptance" are not among the Fruit of the Spirit. Jesus didn't call believers to be tolerant and accepting; He called us to be loving and forgiving. Just as He told the woman caught in adultery, "Your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more." A hard stance on the truth, and a soft heart toward the person. 'There IS only one way, Larry King, and it's available to you.'

  2. April 26, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    I agree, yo. Abundant life promised in John 16:33 is only meant to be a glimpse of eternal life in Christ. What good is "your best life now" if there's no hope of eternal life? So…are you saying the "The Law of the Excluded Middle" is an absolute truth? 🙂 Hehehe.

  3. April 26, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Courtney – absolutely :)Lynelle – Every time I even hear the word "tolerant" in Christian circles now, I just cringe. If you ever hear that sermon, send me a copy!

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