Monday, March 5, 2007

Pluralism and Christianity

Pluralism: The belief that no single explanatory system or view of reality can account for all the phenomena of life (American Heritage Dictionary)

e are living in a pluralistic society in that there are many different philosophies out there about life and the afterlife. We also live in a time when it is considered quite correct to not only respect these differing views, but to believe that each of them could be quite right. We should look for the good in our neighbor's point of view and lifestyle no matter how much it may differ from our own. Many people who hold this view will call themselves agnostic, or 'open-minded.' It is a nice idea that we would all thoroughly respect one another and have humility when it comes to our own opinions. After all, it does seem rather elitist to state that my way is right and all others are wrong.

Despite all of the potential goodness in this view, I cannot subscribe to it. As a Christian, I certainly believe in having respect for all men as they are created in His image. But, as a Bible-believing Christian, the pluralist view just won't fit. For, if I believe the Bible, then I have to believe that Jesus was speaking truth when he said:

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" John 14:6 (emphasis mine)

For the Christian, there is but one road, and it is narrow. I may not hold the most popular view, but I am persuaded that it is true.


  1. I believe it as well Kendra. I think that we are called to love people where they are and hopefully God gives us the opportunity to share about His Son.

  2. Yes, He is "King of Kings" and "Lord of Lords"...

  3. i agree, kendra. if we truly believe Jesus' words, we cannot sunscribe to this pluralistic mindset. but we live in an age where it's popular just to pick and choose which parts of the bible to believe, even in churches...they don't want to "offend". but the Bible says that the Word is a stumbling block. i know it can be in my life... but my life is better when i stumble, but get back up and keep walking the walk.