Christianity and other religions

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In this Sunday’s message (Jan. 7, 2024), Brother Dave addresses this congregant question: “If we all have the same “tools” for coming to faith, how can we as Christians claim to have more religious truth than others? I have a hard time reconciling my faith with the notion that people of other faiths are completely wrong or eternally damned.” Drawing on the story of the Magi from the East (Matthew 2:1–12), Brother Dave suggests that Christians can confess that Jesus is Lord over the whole world—including adherents of other religious faiths (or none)—without concluding that religious others are eternally damned or have nothing to teach us about God or the world. Instead, like Mary and Joseph, we can accept the gifts of our religious neighbors while worshiping Jesus wholeheartedly, knowing that, ultimately, all truth is God’s truth.

Notes

Chad Meister, Introducing Philosophy of Religion (book)

Michael Barnes Norton, “Religious Pluralism,” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online article)