Theology

Is One Way the Only Way?

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Author Tim Barnett Published on 06/01/2016

We are continuing our series on Answering Gosptacles with what might be the most pervasive gosptacle that we’ve looked at so far. The exclusivity of Christ as the only way of salvation is deeply offensive to our relativistic and pluralistic culture.

There are three ways that this view—Jesus is the only way—is being challenged. First, there are some who mistakenly think that Jesus can be true for them, but not for others. That is, He is the only way for some. This idea stems from a theological confusion. Simply put, they misunderstand the gospel. Second, there is the explicit teaching that there are many ways to God. This idea is called religious pluralism. Third, there is a view that tries to argue for both one way and many ways. In this view, Jesus is the only way of salvation. However, explicit faith in Christ is not required for salvation. This is referred to as Christian inclusivism.

In this talk, I evaluate each of these challenges and show that each is mistaken. You can watch the entire presentation here.

If you missed the first two parts of my Answering Gosptacles series, then click here and here.