Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Uniqueness of Christianity – Part 1

I. Introduction

There are some aspects of Christianity that are controversial, not politically correct, and troublesome for some. I want to address some of those items that contribute to the uniqueness of Christianity. Bear in mind that I am writing this from a Christian viewpoint.

We are all products of the culture in which we live and were raised. Of course the culture has changed significantly since many of us were growing up, so there is a tension between today’s and yesterday’s cultures. Today our culture is dominated by political correctness, which influences, at least to a certain extent, what we say and do.

One area that affects us is that political correctness dictates that Christians shouldn’t say Jesus is the only way to the Father. That is considered elitist and not inclusive, not to mention offensive to some. It is not politically correct to say that Christianity is superior to other religions. That is considered to be arrogant and discriminatory.

Never mind that every religion and philosophy claims to be superior to any other. Never mind that anybody who subscribes to any belief system sincerely believes it is has distinct advantages over any other religion, philosophy, or worldview. If you didn’t believe it was superior or had the best answers, you wouldn’t follow it, would you? Yet we Christians aren’t supposed to make such claims – it’s considered intolerant. After all, the reasoning goes, aren’t all religions pretty much the same? Don’t all religions provide a valid path to God?

More on this subject in a future post.

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