Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Inclusivism in religion

Inclusivism in religion by definition is “the view that all religions have a partial truth” – that in the relationship between religions, while there may be a set of beliefs that is absolutely true, all religions are at least partially true. Exclusivism, on the other hand, asserts that there is only one true way of belief and all other religions are in error.[i] For example, exclusivism in Christianity states that the Bible is God’s truth and Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. Inclusivism finds good in all religions, with the result that one may be “saved” by whatever way he or she seeks for or relates to God. Inclusivism in practical terms, among those I know who are inclusivists, usually resorts toward the end of the spectrum that all beliefs are equally valid.

I find it interesting how broad and how narrow the inclusivist view can be. Inclusivism stresses that all beliefs are equally valid, but will not validate the exclusivist view. Therefore, anything and everything that seeks God can be good, except the view that there is only one God and one way to seek him! How inclusive is that?

The Bible teaches there is only one true God (e.g. Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Isaiah 37:16) and that there is only one way to know the true God, through Jesus Christ (e.g. John 14:6; Acts 4:12). For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.


[i] Not that every single thing they say or teach is in error, but specifically the way to God.

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