Last week: Questions.
How can you say that Jesus is the only way?
Truth claims. Claims of exclusivity.
Uniqueness of Christianity.
1. The offer of forgiveness.
2. The person of Jesus.
3. Relationship rather than rules.
4. Do vs. Done
Nick Comisky: Okay, fine. I agree that there has to be some transcendent being… And you’re great at poking holes in all these other religions. But it seems to me that all religions, including Christianity, are different paths to the same place. I mean, everyone is looking for God, and …
Jesus: Are you?
Nick: (he is temporarily surprised by Jesus’ interruption and feels a twinge of guilt at Jesus’ question.) As I was saying, it seems like everyone is looking for God in their own way. That’s what I like about the church our friends Dave and Paula attend. They embrace everyone’s beliefs and try to help them on their path to God.
Jesus: There’s one problem with that thinking.
Jesus: There is no path to God.
Nick is talking about PLURALISM.
Jesus then says, There’s one problem with that thinking.
: a situation in which people of different social classes, religions, races, etc., are together in a society but continue to have their different traditions and interests (called empirical pluralism)
: the belief that people of different social classes, religions, races, etc., should live together in a society and the belief that such a condition is desirable or socially beneficial. (called cherished pluralism)
a : a theory that there are more than one or more than two kinds of ultimate reality and that reality is composed of many ultimate substances
b : a theory that reality is composed of a plurality of entities and that no single explanatory system or view of reality can account for all the phenomena of life. (called philosophical pluralism)
D.A. Carson: Finally, any notion that a particular ideology or religious claim is intrinsically superior to another is NECESSARILY wrong. The only absolute creed is the creed of pluralism. No religion has the right to pronounce itself right or true, and the others false, or even (in the majority view) relatively inferior.
Diane Eck: The plurality of religious traditions and cultures has come to characterize every part of the world today.
“We believe that religions are basically the same…they only differ on matters of creation, sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.”
― Steve Turner, Up To Date
― Steve Turner, Up To Date
Did you ever get into trouble as a kid?
What is the problem with people?
What are we to do about the sin problem?
Best person – worst person
Man’s way of seeing this vs. God’s way of seeing this.
Raped, murdered, and dismembered at least 17 people.