Summary: Respond to the unique claims of Jesus.
WHO IS JESUS?
C: Religion, pluralism
Pr: RESPOND TO THE UNIQUE CLAIMS OF JESUS.
CV: “We will clearly communicate the transforming truth of the Bible.”
PA: How is the change to be observed?
• Recognize that pluralism has difficult inconsistencies as a belief system.
• Examine the life and sayings of Jesus.
• Follow Jesus!
RMBC 16 November 08 AM
There is a lot of confusion about religion in this world.
There are so many!
Besides Christianity, there is Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikh, Taoism, Confucianism, Baha’i, Judaism, Shamanism, and Animism.
It is hard keeping them all straight!
ILL Religion (H)
It was the week before finals at the university and everyone in the comparative-religion class was frantic because of all the complex words and ideas they needed to know. The professor had just finished reviewing an Eastern concept he identified as Taoist, when a fraz¬zled student protested, "But you said that was a Buddhist belief!"
The professor looked up with a smirk and said, "I’m afraid not. You see, that was Zen. This is Tao."
Well, it is all pretty confusing.
And, who is telling the truth?
Is it none of them?
Or is it some of them?
Is it all of them?
Or is only one of them telling the truth?
As Christians, we have some confusing questions as well.
Is there truth in other religions?
Is there truth that can be helpful to us?
Is there truth in them that is helpful to humanity at large?
And perhaps even more strategic for our understanding is…
Can a follower of a non-Christian religion be saved?
This is the third message of four in a series called “Confusion.”
We have been asking some basic questions about life: What is truth? and What is sin?
When we ask the question, what is truth, we want to know what is true versus what is false.
What is right versus what is wrong?
We also want to know whether truth can be known?
This is where a distinctive is set-up between the modern worldview and the postmodern.
The modern worldview, which many of us fall under, believes that truth can be discovered and known objectively.
In contrast, the postmodern worldview says that truth is subjective.
In other words, one’s understanding of the truth is dependent on the experience you have.
Last week, when we asked, what is sin, we first discussed the postmodern belief of relativism.
Relativism is the belief that truth is dependent on a person’s culture, class, or individual experience.
Simply stated, truth is relative.
Truth is shaped by how you live.
It is shaped by where you live.
It is shaped by the relationships you have.
Ultimately, truth becomes what we want it to be.
Today, we are going to discuss the postmodern concept of pluralism.
Pluralism is relativism applied to religion.
There is a distinction that I want to make here.
I am not offering any evaluation or criticism regarding cultural pluralism.
We live in a country where we are free to believe what we want religiously without any political coercion.
This is great!
No one should be forced to believe what they are not convinced of in their mind.