This is a quick I-have-to-get-the-question-out-there moment. I need your help…really, I want to hear your ideas.
I’m reading Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World. Not because I really want to be reading it; I’m required to read it for class.
I know reading this and wrestling with the issues is good for me…but it’s really discomforting. Really. discomforting.
I keep asking myself questions like, “Am I fundie?” “What would Jesus think of all these views if they had been postulated back in Palestine?” “What kind of parable would He tell to knock sensibility back into the conversation?” “Was Jesus a Fundie?”
Now mind you, I have a very Fundamental background, so I’m not afraid of the big, bad, scary Fundies. I know they’re soft-hearted; but their compassions often get obscurred by their convictions in a Anabaptist similar way. Yet, for the most part, their convictions are usually pretty right on, as far as representing what the Scriptures seem to be saying. (Yes, I take exception to that generalization…but that’s another post, or at least it has been other posts.)
I suppose I’m displaying my naivette, but how would Jesus respond to the Normative Pluralist–the ones who believe that all ethical religions lead to God? Or to the Inclusivist–salvation is universally available, but will lead to Christ? How would Jesus draw them back to the essence of the cross?
I find myself drawing a hard line on this…read, a very judgmental line. (Which makes me fear I might be a Fundie! Oh the Fundie confusion of it all!) I believe in salvation in Christ alone. Period. It seems this is the line in the sand over which Jesus didn’t allow the toes to cross. I hate it when people draw hard lines, but I think I would rather hate myself for joining them on this issue than be wrong about it.
Anyone out there wrestle with this issue? Where do you land in the conversation and why?