Pluralism

<<having multiple worldviews>>

Religious pluralism or diversity refers to the belief in two or more religious worldviews as being equally valid or acceptable, with multiple paths to God or gods. This liberal thinking is contrasted with the Bible’s teaching of only one God, only one way to know Him – through Jesus Christ – and only one way to heaven by accepting the gift of salvation (Deut 6:5; Jn 10:10, 14:6; Eph 2:8,9). Christianity is incompatible with pluralism; it is a major deception that all religions lead to heaven. The gospel is inclusive – “Whosoever will…”, but also exclusive – “Salvation is found in no one else” (Act 4:12; Rev 22:17).  God will not tolerate the worship that is to be directed to Him being given to any other god (Ex 23:13,24; Deut 11:28; Josh 23:16).

The God of the Bible is not the God of any other religion regardless of any seeming similarities that people may suggest. Tolerance, respect and friendship should be expressed towards those of other persuasions while

Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only                                                                 – Matthew 4:10

safeguarding principles based on the Word of God as we communicate the Bible’s teaching of “one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). Having religious liberty guarantees that multiple religions can worship peaceably, and Christians appreciate such liberty for it allows for open worship of God. 

Religions working together as one in what is often called the interfaith movement has increased the acceptance of religious pluralism. However, pluralism is more than just agreeing on social issues, it considers and attempts to meld together competing, basic and diverse beliefs regarding God and salvation. Yet as light and darkness have no fellowship with each other, the Bible strongly warns against being “yoked together with unbelievers” (2 Cor 6:14; Gal 1:6-9).

See also: compromise, dualism, ecumenism, non-negotiable, principles, relativism, tolerance, world-view.

 

 


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