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Religious Pluralism


Religious pluralism is the teaching that there are many ways to God or that a person of another religion can also be saved. Many nominal Christians today hold pluralistic views. Jesus said that he was the only way to God the Father in John 14:6.

Christianity teaches that all humans have a corrupted nature and have turned away from God. It also teaches that Jesus suffered, died, and rose to life again, taking the punishment intended for our sin, so that we we can have a meaningful relationship with God and be given the gift of eternal life with him if we accept that Jesus is Lord and repent of our sin.

Christians have traditionally argued that religious pluralism is an invalid or self-contradictory concept. Advocates of religious pluralism claim that all religions are equally true, or that one religion can be true for some and another for others. Apart from the logical impossibility of this, Christians also argue that Christianity is the fullest and most complete revelation of God to huamns. If Christianity is true, then other religions cannot be equally true, although they may contain lesser revelations of God that are true. So the pluralist must either distort Christianity to make it pluralistic, or reject it and acknowledge that one cannot be a complete pluralist.

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