Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

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Introduction

How can Christians be so sure they’re right and everyone else is wrong? Isn’t that being exclusive or arrogant?

  • Exclusive – Not shared: available to only one person or group.
  • Arrogant – Having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people.

What do people say?

Christianity is exclusive. If Christianity is true, then
any belief that contradicts it is false. For example, the Bible says God exists, this means atheism is false. The Bible also teaches there is only one God of the universe, therefore, pantheism is false. The Bible says that the only way to heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ; therefore, the belief that good works can get you to heaven, is false. And on and on it goes. Asa Schneiderman https://owlcation.com/humanities/How-to-Answer-Skeptics-Christianity-is-Exclusive

Christianity is inclusive. Christianity is thoroughly inclusive because literally anyone can be a follower of Jesus, and there are no ethno-linguist-class-other-ways-that-humans-like-to-separate distinctions of inferiority or superiority found in the gospel message.  It really doesn’t matter what country I’m from or what a good person I’ve been or how much is in my bank account or what I struggle with or what language I speak or what my last name is or how well I can throw a football or how tall I am or how old I am or who I root for to win the World Series. Even sinners whom we all deem to be the worst of the worst, whether in prisons or in hiding, can also be welcome to the Christian faith if they wanted to be. All it takes is a willingness to embrace this loving, inclusive Christ and confess that I need Him to be God in my life. And this invitation is for anyone, because that’s what grace is, an unmerited gift. http://drewhyun.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/the-exclusively-inclusive-message-of-christianity/

What do the Scriptures say?

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What did Jesus say?

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My Musing

Jesus Christ is the only (exclusive) path to God and eternal life.  But it is a path that anyone (all-inclusive) can take. We often lose sight of the fact that the reason we are separated from God and need a path back to Him is because of our sin.  The separation is our fault, not His.  He did not have to provide any path back to Him, but He did. And it cost Him dearly. It would be arrogant of us to tell Him that He has to provide more than one path.  The offending party does not get to set the terms of reconciliation.  It’s like saying, “I did you wrong, but here’s how you can make it right.” Yep, that would definitely be arrogant.

My Advice – Take the path God provides.  There is no other path.  You are not excluded.

 

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