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Religious Pluralism & Universalism – Part II

  • Last week we began our critique of Religious Pluralism and Universalism by considering the biblical testimony related to these issues. We saw clearly that God’s word refutes both of these notions.
  • Today we want to begin looking at some of the philosophic arguments that can be raised against these philosophies. We’ll begin with an argument from the discipline of Logic known as the Law of Non-Contradiction.
  • The Law of Non-Contradiction says that, “A cannot be non-A”. In other words, as the philosopher Aristotle explained, “One cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect and at the same time.”
  • When this Law of Non-Contradiction is applied to the claims of the world’s religions, it quickly becomes apparent that all religions cannot be equally true. Why? Because all of the religions of the world make mutually exclusive and contradictory truth claims about essential matters like the nature of God and the way to salvation.
  • For example, Hinduism says that God is an impersonal force, while Christianity teaches that God is a personal being. Well, which is it? Is God an impersonal force or is He a personal being? These fundamental claims about the nature of God cannot both be true as this would be a violation of the Law of Non-Contradiction: A (God is personal) cannot be non-A (God is impersonal).
  • Another example, Islam teaches that salvation is based on works (keeping the Five Pillars of Islam), while Christianity teaches that salvation is a gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Again, which is it? Is salvation based on works or is it a free gift of grace? It cannot be both, because again, this would be a violation of the Law of Non-Contradiction: A (salvation is a gift of grace) cannot be non-A (salvation is based on works).
  • What you come to discover when applying the Law of Non-Contradiction to the truth claims of the world’s religions is this, either one of these religions is true and the rest are false, or they’re all false, but they cannot all be true according to the Law of Non-Contradiction.
  • This argument from logic can be a helpful tool in getting someone to reconsider the validity of the claim that all religions are equally valid paths to God. Once a person is willing to reconsider the notion of religious pluralism, it is then possible to begin a conversation about the possibility that maybe Jesus really is the one true way to salvation.

For more helpful arguments against the philosophy of Religious Pluralism, please check out The Apologetics Study Bible for Students, available in our online store.

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Fast Facts on Worldviews – Part X

  • Over the past 10 weeks our Fast Facts series has explored the various worldviews that have influenced Western culture over the past two centuries.
  • The primary lesson to be learned in humanity’s spiritual journey these past two hundred years is that apart from an embrace of God’s revealed truth in Scripture, societies are destined for disaster. This is the lesson we learn from history, but it’s also what God’s word has revealed to us for over 2,000 years (Romans 1:18-32).
  • Culture is simply worldview externalized. What an individual, a nation, or society thinks and believes about God will directly impact all areas of life. Thus, for true societal transformation to take place, it must begin with heart transformation.
  • For us as believers who are concerned with the direction our culture is heading today, what this means is that our primary motivation must be for declaring the Gospel and calling people to repentance and making Christ the Lord of their lives. Apart from genuine heart transformation, all of our other social ministry endeavors will simply be temporary band-aids masking humanity’s true need.
  • The most important message we can share with the world today is that single most important truth expressed by Jesus Christ, himself, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

For more information on sharing the Gospel with those caught up in false worldviews, please check out the book Apologetics For A New Generation, available in our online store.

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Fast Facts on Overcoming Boredom in Church

  • Many people wrestle with boredom in church. Often the pursued solution to this boredom is to find a “bigger” and “better” church experience. But what if this approach doesn’t satisfy?
  • Maybe you need to consider the possibility that your faith has become more “me” centered than “He” centered? Maybe a new church isn’t the answer, but a new posture in worship? Here are 3 words that have the power to forever change your experience of church.
  • “Rejoice”... As you prepare to go to worship, begin by embracing an attitude of gratitude. Reflect on the Lord’s goodness and his many blessings in your life, and thank him for them.
  • “Revere”... Focus your heart on who God is and the amazing reality that he loves you! The more you meditate on the reality that the sovereign Creator of the universe loves you, and has lavished his amazing grace upon you, the more your heart will be bent towards praise.
  • “Refocus”... Follow Paul’s admonition in Romans 12:1-2 and ask God to refocus your heart’s priorities. As you enter worship, say to the Lord, “God, my one desire today is to honor you. Please use this service to transform me, and further conform me to your holy will.”
  • By practicing these 3 “R’s” you can adopt a new posture in worship and experience the fullness of joy and blessing that’s available in gathering for worship at church.

For more information on God’s purposes for worship and the Church, please check out the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, available in our online store.

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