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Religious Pluralism & Universalism – Part IV

  • The philosophy of Religious Pluralism is a widely held view in our world today. Those who hold this position will often make statements such as, “All roads lead to God and one path is as good as another.”
  • It’s important to understand that statements like the above are only true if God is impersonal, for impersonal destinations cannot have a preference about how they are approached or engaged. For example, consider traveling to California. You can travel to CA any way you like – by plane, bike, jogging, etc. – CA doesn’t care how you get there because the state of CA is an impersonal entity.
  • On the contrary, if God is a personal being, statements like the one above may or may not be true depending on what God has revealed about how He wants to be approached or engaged. And if the personal God has revealed that there is only one way to have a relationship with Him, then taking that revelation seriously is of utmost importance.
  • In the Bible we learn that God truly is a personal being; and God has told us that there is only one way to approach Him, through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5-6; John 14:6; Acts 4:12). This revelation from our personal God completely dispels the notion of religious pluralism.

For more information on Religious Pluralism and the biblical response to it, please check out Jason Carlson’s DVD lecture titled, Salvation: Is There Really Just 1 Way? 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.

Follow CMI on Twitter at @jasoncarlsoncmi.

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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.

Follow CMI on Twitter at @jasoncarlsoncmi.

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