the whole truth and nothing but the truth…

November 22, 2014

sugar coating

A few days ago my wife and I spoke with a Buddhist man who said that Christianity was a bigoted, intolerant religion. His rationale for making such a statement was grounded in the fact that Buddhism had a canopy which embraced all religious truth equally. Christianity was ‘bigoted’ because it did not place equal value on each spiritual or philosophical assertion even if the competing claims were mutually exclusive. The technical word for this view is ‘religious pluralism.’ In other words, to assert one belief system to be true and another false constituted intolerance.

This conception of intolerance has become widely accepted in western culture.

 

When a truth claim is made it is necessarily ‘exclusive,’ but not ‘bigoted’ or ‘prejudiced.’ Exclusivity in this context simply means that not all possibilities can be correct at the same time.

 

First: Christian truths are made for all people, of all nations, of every culture and for all time. Christianity speaks to the ‘world’ and not a specific people group or nation. In this sense Christianity is radically inclusive.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” {John 3:16}

 Jesus of Nazareth’s truth claims necessarily exclude other claims.

 

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” {Acts 4:12}

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” {Romans 3:23-24}

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” {John 14:6}

 

If no one can come to the Father except through the Messiah Jesus, then other religious systems necessarily fall short. For a non Christian, the authenticity of Christ’s claims are a legitimate issue, however, any attempt to reconcile them with other truth claims is dishonest and logically impossible.

The truth claims of Christianity can not be reconciled with other religions or philosophies which do not place Jesus of Nazareth, and specifically his life, death and resurrection as the chief cornerstone of their belief system. Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism, to name a few world religions, all provide competing truth statements regarding people and God and the relationship between the two.

Christianity claims that Jesus of Nazareth is the exclusive bridge to God: “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” {1 Timothy 2:5}

 

 

Christianity and its founder claimed to embody Truth and Truth is necessarily exclusive. While Christian Truth is exclusive, it is not bigoted nor it is it prejudiced.

Is this a popular stand today? No, it is not, does that negate the truth, again no.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Pray for Chris’s dad, David, for healing. Pray for Ed as he continues to deal with the death of his mom.

Pray for Frank, who was committed today with Alzheimer’s.

And for Patty and Linda, who lost their husbands one year ago today in a traffic accident.

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