The journey of a nerd who loves the Lord

Pluralism

Religious  Pluralism

First, I have a number of friends and family who lack a true conviction in any one religion.  They basically do their own thing.  It is not surprising.  The overall attitude in America is one of “Pluralism.”  A web site states, “Religious Pluralism may be defined as acceptance of the concept that two or more religions with mutually exclusive truth claims are equally valid. This may be considered a form of either toleration (a concept that arose as a result of the European wars of religion) or moral relativism.”

For those of my friends who do not believe in the Bible, and believe in religious pluralism as defined above, I will point out that nearly every religion states in its texts/belief system that it is the only way to truth, making it really hard for any religion in and of itself to truly engage in pluralism regardless of how it presents itself.  Christianity is among that group.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the Light.  No Man comes to the Father but by me.”  In other words, the Bible says that if you believe in any other God, or viewpoint of righteousness other than what Jesus presents, you will not be admitted to heaven.

Aside from that, I would point out to those friends that religious pluralism, in regards to spiritual truth, is an oxymoron.  Truth, by its very definition, excludes anything in contradiction to it.  If 2+2=4 is truth, 2+2 cannot equal anything else, regardless of how people want to believe.  Religious pluralism even follows this pattern. Because it is based on the idea that we all accept other faiths as “right” or “equal” to our own, it refutes those who hold on to the viewpoint that their faith is the only true way.  It is quite a paradox!

As the saying goes, “If you don’t stand up for what is right, you will fall for anything.”  Because there can only be one “truth” that leads to life, it is important….critical, even, that we sacrifice the time and resources needed to find that truth.  Once found, we must stand and live by it.  To bend to the popular notion that “all truths are created equal” not only flies in the face of the wisdom of just about every major religion, it denies basic logic.

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