Exclusivity: A Secondary Question?

I am now going to address a point on the topic of exclusivity but from a rather different way. I see a lot of people wondering about the exclusivity of Christianity and wondering if they should come to such a faith. I am going to argue that this is the nature of a secondary question. This is a question that I think you could have a false view on and still be a Christian.

Why? A Christian is one who believes that God dwelt among us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the second person of the Trinity, and he died for our sins, was buried, and on the third day rose again. Salvation is found in placing one’s faith in Christ. If you believe that and submit to Christ, then I believe you can say you are saved.

Now let us go on and confess something. I do believe Christianity is exclusive. I think verses like John 14:6 and Acts 4:12 demonstrate that. I do not believe the path to Heaven is in being a good Jew or a good Muslim or a good Mormon or a good JW or any other belief. I believe it rests in orthodox Christianity.

However, let us suppose that Christianity is true also. If that is the case, then it is quite ridiculous to say “I believe Christianity is true, but I do not think I will come because I am unsure about those who have never heard.” If Christianity is true, the wisest thing to do is to come within the fold where you know you are safe rather than stay outside where there is doubt.

Now does that answer the question of those who’ve never heard or why Christianity is exclusive? No. I’ll grant it does not. Rest assured though that Christianity’s claim is that God raised Jesus from the dead. Is it wise to stay outside where there’s doubt and say “Maybe he’ll save me” or is it better to come within where you can say you are one of the saved?

Naturally, if you didn’t think Christianity was true, then by all means keep looking and raising questions. If, on the other hand, you do believe that Jesus was raised and thus is Lord and God and ruler of all creation, then it would seem that it is a fair bet that it is wise to place yourself in his hand. The question of why exclusivity is believed is a post for another day.

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