The journey of a nerd who loves the Lord

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.”

The DifferenceFor 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 or its belief system that it is the only way to truth, making it really hard for any religion 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!

standupAs 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.

One of my favorite passages comes from Joshua 24.

Choose Whom You Will Serve

14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Sadly, few make a true choice to follow God, choosing, by default, to serve themselves.  A non-choice still ends up being a choice.  Many feel that they have chose God, but never truly chose to follow Him fully.  Jesus has strong words for them, found in Revelations 3.

15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’

 

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