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February 15, 2009

objection-court-out-of-order-lawyer-attorney-object  INCREDIBLE gathering again this morning with The Bridge!  Our second to last week of the Critical Questions Series saw us examine the most common objection to Christianity that I hear right now – “It’s arrogant to believe that your religion is right and others are wrong.  All religions are equally valid paths to God.

I want to first off say that I agree with the motivation behind this statement.  Everyone I’ve met that said this, said it because they had a deep desire for peace and unity in the world.

Me too.  In addition, I deeply respect anyone that desires this enough to let it shape their worldview.  But their are five huge problems with this statement…

1.  It’s irreconcilable with The Bible.
2.  Everyone is an exclusivist.  No one really believes this statement.

  • Was David Koresh’s path an “equally valid” path to God?  Radical Islamic terrorism?  Branch Davidians?  Jim Jones?

3.  All the paths can’t lead to the same place because “the place” is radically different in every worldview – sometimes opposite.

  • Every religion makes assertions about God and the afterlife that are fundamentally opposed to each other.  Buddhism doesn’t believe in a personal God at all.  Christianity says Jesus is God.  Most religions deny the Christian concept of grace.

4.  You can only say “no one has a superior grasp on spiritual reality” if you have a superior grasp on spiritual reality that allows you to see this – which you say no one can have.

5.  Every path besides the Biblical gospel has an insufficient Savior.

  • Christianity is unique in that it says the only way to receive salvation is by faith in Jesus alone totally apart from religious performance.  If a concept of salvation is based on your religious performance, it makes you your own savior and you are not enough.

Now I always wonder after a day like today – will we use this information like a hammer to “prove we’re right” or will it be motivation to take the gospel to every nook and cranny of the world?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott permalink
    February 16, 2009 11:25 am

    Jesus himself said that the only way to the Father was through him. This should autimatically exclude us from the “spoke” theory that all paths lead to God. Either you accept Jesus claims or you must reject Him – no in between.

    My thumb can attest, hammers can be dangerous!! On the other hand, I don’t think I have ever been hurt by shoes… how beautiful are the feet that bring good news!

    To quote Reader’s Digest quoting Rick Warren, “… it’s important for evangelicals to be more about what they’re for that what they’re against.”

  2. josh permalink
    February 16, 2009 9:52 pm

    prodigal son – I removed your comment only because this wasn’t the best forum for a discussion, not because I didn’t appreciate them. Definitely shoot me an email.

  3. Julie Howerton permalink
    February 17, 2009 2:08 pm

    For me the teaching was definitely a motivator to share the gospel. I feel better equipped to handle those who respond saying there are many paths to God.

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