This week’s SyncUP Discussion topic is exclusive Christianity.
I’ve been reviewing a lot of blogs, forums, and videos about the topic of exclusivity. My summary? In a word…WOW! There are a lot of people that absolutely detest Christians over the belief that Jesus is the only way to God. One criticism I’ve come across often is that Christians are the most arrogant and narrow minded people in the world to make such a claim. But it seems to me that the critics’ real issue is with Jesus because He was the one who made the claim first. In John 14, Jesus is asked by a man named Thomas, “How do we know the way?” Here’s how Jesus answers him in verses 6-7:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
This is not the only scripture – there are others. Here are a couple of examples:
John 8:24-25 – I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.
Acts 4:11-12 – This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 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.”
So if a person doesn’t believe Jesus is who He says He is, nor believes who witnesses say He is, then it makes sense that the person would reject the belief of exclusive salvation through Him.
It seems many people are much more inclined to adopt the Coexist ideology, that is, the belief that all religions should exist without claims that exclude other religions because “all roads lead to God”.
But is this realistic? Is it logical? Is it true?
Check out this short video on the subject an join the discussion by posting a comment below.
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