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.

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