In much of life, we have choice. We can choose what shoes to wear, what food to eat, what car to buy, and much more. Around the corner from my house, there is a McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, Carl’s Jr, and many more places. There is definitely choice!
The idea of choice in our lives has created a culture that believes there is no constant for everyone. After all, aren’t we all different? Don’t we like different things? Some might say that it would be a lack of “tolerance” by saying there is no choice!
But, how about these questions: Do you have the choice about whether gravity works or not if you jump off a cliff? Did you have a choice regarding who your parents are? I’m sure you would have liked to have choice on that one…sorry! Too late!
Let’s put it this way…in things pertaining to preference, we have choice and in things pertaining to the laws of earth, our choice is limited. So, when it comes to religion, is it a matter of preference or not?
Some would say that Christianity (or any religion for that matter) has no claim on exclusivity. I would find it difficult to believe that the God of the universe would simply consider belief in Him a matter of personal preference. The same God who created nature’s laws has very specific thoughts regarding how we relate to Him.
Every religion believes in different gods. The Muslim god is different than the Christian God. The gods of the Hindus are different than the Buddha’s lack of a god. I would find God to be extremely schizophrenic if He allowed people to have such divergent beliefs regarding His nature and identity.
So what makes Christianity different? What makes it “right”?
Wait for Part II to find out!