Pluralism and the Church

The WayWe live in an increasingly pluralistic society. Pluralism is the philosophy that holds that no single explanation or view of reality can account for all the phenomena of life. As a result, most issues are considered “neutral” (neither right nor wrong) and can be determined by the individual as he or she sees fit.

The problem for the Christian Church because of pluralism is that the Christian Church becomes only one of many possibilities for how to look at the world, and, therefore, any standard of truth or conduct is diminished or often even disregarded.

Pluralism leads to a kind of chaos of thought in which nothing is agreed upon and there are no set rules for anything. It’s about your truth and my truth and their truth and all are considered okay in this framework.

But we as Christians know THE truth. Jesus himself said, “I am the Way, THE TRUTH, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). There is no other way to salvation except through Christ.

There are not a plurality of explanations. There is only one explanation and that is Christ Jesus crucified and risen that we might be free from sin and live with him forever.

What rules do we follow then? We follow the two greatest commandments that Christ taught us: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31).

These commands guide all that we say and do, and all else we turn away from.

There is peace in knowing then that Jesus and his truth are all that we need to consider.

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