Can't We All Be Right?
In this day and age it is politically correct to express the notion that all paths lead to heaven. This belief, often referred to as pluralism, tells us that no one way is better than another. Upon reflection, the argument of pluralism falls apart.
- Even at a glance, essential doctrines of differing religions drastically contradict each other.
- Each religion claims that it is the best way, if not the only way. If pluralism is true, that every religion is equal, then all religions are wrong on this point.
- Pluralism states that all beliefs must be treated as equal. It is wrong, then, to exclude the beliefs we don’t agree with. This means we must accept those beliefs that are considered 'on the fringe' (i.e. tribal sacrifice, satanism).
Jesus Contradicts the Pluralistic View
Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) This one quote alone kills the idea of pluralism. Either pluralism is wrong because Christianity is wrong or pluralism does not exist.
To be a Christian, one who follows Christ, you must believe that only through Christ can you be saved.
But Isn't That Arrogant?
The short answer: it depends. If the belief that Christians are right and everyone else is wrong is motivated by pride and supremacy, then yes, that is arrogant and wrong. But that is not the point.
Jesus did not say these words as a boxer might say, "I am the champion". Instead, He said them as a firefighter who rushes into a burning building to escort the occupants out of the building through the only safe path.
The Uniqueness of Christianity
Christianity is the only religion in the world where salvation is not earned through actions but is based solely on accepting it as a gift from God.
"You're not 'doing' anything; you're simply calling out to God,trusting him to do it for you. That's salvation." Romans 10:9(MSG)