[quote=Zooey] Can I say, speaking as a Protestant Christian, that this is not acceptable to take this man’s position? I feel like this: I may disagree with you Catholics on some things,I also disagree with some other Protestant churches, with Eastern Orthodx, but we are Christians.
A whole other ball of wax than believing that everybody in the world is OK spiritually. I mean, if he is rejecting Jesus, how does that make him Christian at all–othet than technically…(like what you might put in a survey…)??
Your right Zooey. We live in an age now where in issues of morals and metaphysics the law of non-contradiction does not apply, but in all other areas of the mundane it does. This has infiltrated the church. I hear Christians all the time saying Christ is MY way, but that does not necessarily mean that He is the only way. We have to ask the question, does being Christian mean that you must embrace the doctrine of the exclusivity of Christ as an essential doctrine for salvatoin (at least at some point). I believe that it does. Pluralism cannot include religious systems like Christianity which is by nature exclusive to those who trust in Christ alone. If they believe there are other god’s, then they can’t be trusting in Christ alone and don’t really believe or understand what He did. Therefore, they are by definition not believing Christianly.
This does not mean that a Christian cannot have bad doctrine in this area. I know alot of Christians who unwittingly hold to heretical views of the Trinity. They need correction and teaching. I think the same thing can be said for many who unwittingly hold to a false doctrine of exclusivity.
But I think we need to understand that their reasons for believing this are out of compassion for those who have never heard. Therefore, the pragmatic principle that they are following is good and kind. But the results are destructive and self-refuting.