“All Religions Lead to Heaven.”

 Survey Says…
70% of Americans believe that many faiths lead to eternal life a survey said. As the excerpt reads from the study:

America remains a nation of believers, but a new survey finds most Americans don’t feel their religion is the only way to eternal life — even if their faith tradition teaches otherwise. The findings, revealed Monday in a survey of 35,000 adults, can either be taken as a positive sign of growing religious tolerance, or disturbing evidence that Americans dismiss or don’t know fundamental teachings of their own faiths. Among the more startling numbers in the survey, conducted last year by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: 57 percent of evangelical church attenders said they believe many religions can lead to eternal life, in conflict with traditional evangelical teaching. In all, 70 percent of Americans with a religious affiliation shared that view, and 68 percent said there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their own religion.

A Common Mistake…

The statement “Many (or all) religious faiths can lead to heaven.” doesn’t even come close to making sense let alone follow the rules of logic.  Different world religions cannot all be true or lead to the same destination because they make mutually exclusive truth claims about salvation, God, ethics, and even the very nature of heaven itself. The law of non-contradiction states that it is not possible that something be both true and not true at the same time and in the same context (I sounded smart there :D). That is to say that two opposite or antithetical propositions (contradictory statements) cannot both be true at the same time and in the same way (We all know this. Oranges can’t be apples in the same time and manner), the very thing the advocates of religious inclusivism (The belief that all religions lead to a sort of salvation or “happy place”) affirm.

Ehem, We’re Aren’t All The Same…

It is wrong to say that salvation is inclusive because many religions dictate that salvation is exclusive in nature. How can person #1 say “Mormonism and Islam can both lead to heaven” if person #2 says “Islam is the only way to heaven” and person #3 has a totally different view of heaven ? (For Mormons, ‘heaven’ is when we get to rule our own planets. Cool!)

A Failure On Our Part…

And yet, 70% of Americans believe this pretty dang absurd idea of inclusivism. Why? Maybe it’s because Americans are watering down the Church’s message. Maybe it is because most Christians just don’t really care anymore. Or maybe it’s a combination of all three. Recent studies have shown that Americans don’t even have a rudimentary knowledge of their own religion and the other ones around them. The study also showed that even if he/she attended church weekly, he/she scored only 4% better than people who attended monthly/yearly and only 3% better than people who attended church seldom or never. Pretty sad….But don’t give up! The Church is on our side! Or maybe not….

The “How Can I Get Rich” Gospel…

The Church has watered down the gospel into a mere self-improvement strategy for wealthy (or poor) Americans looking to enhance their lives. Is the reality of Christ’s resurrection and rulership really being rejected for a Gospel of prosperity, greed and compromise. Seriously?? Who would have thought 30 years ago that so many of the nations major denominations would be seriously debating allowing homosexual ‘unions’, and that some would adopt such practices as ‘Church’ doctrine. The reality is now that the Bible, and the risen Christ have been abandoned for a new kind of gospel – a gospel of humanism and social/political acceptance. They have in essence become part of the world system and actively participate in furthering the objectives of political correctness. The church has become too preoccupied with becoming accepted by society rather than becoming accepted by Christ.

1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

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  1. #1 by Anonymous on July 3, 2011 - 1:51 am

    The strength of your faith is an inspiration to me. I am so proud of the young man you have become. I am looking forward to your next entry.


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