Sorry my blogs have been a been scarce as of late. There have been lots of things on my mind that I want to write about, but my internet access has been pretty limited. But I saw something recently that got me thinking about the religious state of our country. At the House of Blues in San Diego, California was a large sign which read "Unity in Diversity." Surrounding these words were various religious symbols. Some might think that this was simply a statement of "why can't we all just get along?" Of course, I agree with this. No one should be killing or fighting anyone because of their religious differences, and we should all be able to believe whatever we want. But is this the only thing that the sign was portraying? I don't think so.
You see, in postmodern America, there is no one absolute truth. God can be found in whatever religion you choose. It doesn't matter if its Jesus or Muhammad; both will lead you to God because there is no "one" right way. Though the ancients thought differently, truth is progressive. What may be true for you may not be true for them. Who are you to say that your religion is the only way? This is the thinking of postmodern America. And sadly, it it seeping into modern "evangelicalism."
How are we, as Christians, supposed to counteract this way of thinking? By pointing out the errors of postmodernism. First, we have to establish the exclusive claims of Christianity. Jesus believed there was only one way when he claimed,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. And on one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
If no one can come to the Father except through Jesus, then one must believe in Jesus to be saved. Once this is pointed out, you will notice the response from the postmodernist to be something like, "even if Jesus claimed this, he still isn't the only way. There are many ways to God."
Here's how I respond to this pluralistic way of thinking.
CLAIM: There is no one right way to God. All religions lead to God.
ERROR: This claim is exclusive in and of itself. They claim that the "one right way to God" is by following any religion. So the claim is self-refuting. Logically, you can't claim "there is no one right way to God" and then say, "following any religion will lead you to God." It is like being absolutely sure that there is no absolute truth.
As postmodernism pervades our culture, it is imperative that Christians be able to not only counteract their claims, but to clearly and effectively share the gospel of Jesus Christ.