Thursday, August 1, 2013

Reggie McNeal: "Truth ultimately converges at one door, one path, and one life"

"We are currently in an ecumenism that celebrates 'people of faith' as if all faith is based in truth.  I am pleading with followers of Jesus to seize the moment and use this new spiritual openness to create conversations that will introduce people to Jesus, who is truth. ... Jesus said that God draws people to himself. And he also said that he was a part of this process ('I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself' John 12:32, NIV). God draws people to himself through Jesus, who is the way. People may and do begin their spiritual journeys from many starting points, but truth ultimately converges at one door, one path, and one life – Jesus. He is the only hope for salvation, for he alone is the Incarnation of God in human flesh. His nature as God, along with his sacrificial visit to this planet, gives him the right to set the rules. He says no one comes to the Father except through him. That is an exclusive claim, and it is offensive to people who are busy working their way to God on their own terms. The cross is always offensive, in every culture and in every generation, because it is the reminder that humans are in need of salvation and can’t do anything about it except on God's terms. This claim to exclusivity cost the early Christians their lives. It will stick in the throat of a religiously plural twenty-first century world just as it did in the first century."

~ Reggie McNeal, The Present Future: 


Chanell Turner said...

I love that you said the cross is offensive. It challenges, inspires, and reminds us of our need for God. Great posting.

The Underground Pewster said...

The exclusivity "problem" cannot be resolved through whitewashing the proclamation of the Gospel or by hiding the offense of the cross.