Now that we have tied Jesus and God together, where does the Holy Spirit come into play?
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First, I would like to define what I have read in Gould on religious pluralism, and more specifically “Simple religious pluralism”. Simple religious pluralism is the view that different religions can both be creditable and considered admissible paths to reach the same God (or gods) regardless of teachings. That are many avenues to achieve the same goal. Religious pluralism is the opposite of “exclusivism,” which believes that only one religious doctrine is true. As Gould stated, simple religious pluralism is the belief that “there is no one religion that is exclusively correct”. (Gould 2018, 129)
There are positive and negative sides to religious pluralism. It can be positive in that while it does not benefit any religion, it does, in part, allow acceptance for individual beliefs. This acceptance of different religious viewpoints expands our ability to have conversations and share opinions worldwide. People can choose the faith of their choice without racial or economic consequences. Pluralism helps keep government and church separate entities, so political overreach is contained. So why we appreciate what worldwide tolerance allows, for the Christian it appears to the unbeliever “it is often taken to mean that we are tolerant insofar as we believe all views are equally valid” (Gould 2018, 130)
However, for the Christian, it also poses a problem. Because, as we are defending in this class, there are not multiple ways to God; there is only one. When societies become pluralistic in nature, they become “soft” and “accepting” to a fault. That simple religious pluralism is a “position of tolerance” (Gould 2018, 130). In the world’s attempt to become inclusive and allowing everyone to choose how they want to reach God, sadly, just the opposite is occurring. Humanity is increasingly becoming lost by not defining and seeking the ONLY path to Christ. The truth in Christianity is based on historical proof. There is overwhelming evidence and probability that the bible is true. No other religion can make that claim.
The bible teaches us a lot about how we should respond to the viewpoint of religious pluralism. There are many verses in which the bible teaches us that there is only one God. Deuteronomy 4:35-36, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10-11, and Mark 12:29-34 are just a few. Since the bible explicitly teaches that there is only one God, religious pluralism is inconsistent with biblical teachings.
The bible also teaches us and warns us about following false prophets or gods. In 1 John 4:1, the bible says, “Beloved, do not believe in every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Rather than promoting religious pluralism, the bible teaches us exclusivism.
Lastly, scripture is unequivocal that Jesus is the only way to heaven. There are not multiple paths to the same God. There is only one God, and there is only one way to reach him. John 14:6 quotes, “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.”
For simple religious pluralism, a better understanding of what it should mean to the Christian is stated “A more sensible definition is the idea that even though we believe others have false beliefs, we respect their right to hold to and defend alternate beliefs” (Gould 2018, 131)
Gould, Paul M., et al. “Chapter 8.” Stand Firm: Apologetics and the Brilliance of the Gospel, B&H Academic, Nashville, TN, 2018.
In order to describe how Simple Religious Pluralism is an attack on the uniqueness of Jesus, we must first understand the meaning of Religious Pluralism. According to Paul M. Gould Religious Pluralism is, “the view that there are (i.e., a plurality of) ways to God-where “God” is broadly construed to mean any ultimate reality beyond the natural world-and that many (if not most or even all) of the religions of the world provide these ways” (Gould 2018). In another words, if I read this correctly, Paul M. Gould is saying that Religious Pluralism means that every religion is essentially correct. Correct as in “tolerance” correct. Meaning, for example, if I claim to be a Christian and you claim to be Muslim and I tolerate your belief and in no way correct you. That is Simply Religious Pluralism. Which states that I know the truth about God, BUT to avoid confrontation I choose not to say anything to you about how I believe the Muslim belief is wrong and therefore become tolerant to your belief. I hope this is making sense on the description of Simple Religious Belief. To make a long story short, it is tolerating other beliefs; that is what Simple Religious Pluralism is. Now how is this an attack on Christ Jesus? Let’s get into that.
Having tolerance towards another belief is saying you your belief is false. You are saying that his belief is true and yours if false, even though theirs is false and Christianity is true. Sounds a little confusing, I know. But it is true. This is an attack on Jesus by not explaining the truth about Jesus. That Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit are one and not how the other beliefs think he is. In the Gospel of John he states, “29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them our of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one” (John 10:29-30 New International Version). Right there Jesus is telling Jews that He is God by that one statement, “I and the Father are one.” Now that we have tied Jesus and God together, where does the Holy Spirit come into play? Let’s look at a couple verses. John 14:6 states, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6 NIV). John 16, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. he will not speak his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13 NIV).
What did we just do? we provided evidence that God is the trinitarian. John 10 stated that “I and the Father are one” and John 14 stated that “I am the truth”. Finally John 16 stated, “But when HE, the spirit of truth”. This simply proves that God is the trinitarian, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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