I am in my freshman year at a small Christian college. One of the required core courses is called “Introduction to the Christian Faith,” and is taught by a very intelligent and kind Church of Christ pastor. In general, the class has merely summarized basic Christian beliefs, most of which I agree with.
However, last week, the professor brought up his idea that denomination does not really matter. He said that we should choose our Christian denomination based on our own personal preferences. For example, if we like liturgical dance, we should look into a Pentecostal church. If we like having ordained leaders, we should consider being Catholic or Anglican. In the end, though, he doesn’t think denomination has any effect on eternal salvation. In his mind, all Christians (even Catholics) are “safe.”
I know that he is not correct here, and that the Catholic Church is the one true church. I would like to be able to explain why I believe this to my teacher, but I’m not sure of the best way to do that. Any suggestions? One thought I have is trying to show him why I conclude that, since different Christian churches have varying - and sometimes conflicting - beliefs, doesn’t that mean that they cannot *all *teach the truth?
Thanks in advance for any input you can give!