Jesus made many absolute statements such as the following: John 14:6: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (NIV). Matthew 7:13-14: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (NIV). Interacting with these statements, how would you answer someone accusing Christianity of exclusivism (as defined in Chapter 8 of the textbook)? I would answer someone accusing Christianity of exclusivism by explain how now humans can use exclusivism in a whole different way, and that is a human thing. It is when people tend to divide themselves into groups and clans and create an us-versus-them mentality. The invitation to join is there, but there is a time to come together and a time for a group to get together who meet certain criteria because that unification is necessary to meet a need or reach a goal. For example in communion service, at a Catholic church you are to only take the bread if you have done your first communion and if not you are to wait till you do it, it isn’t a rule that you need to follow or because they want to exclude you it is just a belief. Every religion is different and believe in different things, I don’t believe that Chrisitiamity is exclusivism, I feel that every religion is different and has their own ways on how they go about things and beliefs. Jesus doesn’t mean to be excluding of anyone neither, in his statements he is just explaining how he chooses who will go to through the father through him and only a few will find it, only some lead to the good life, and others will choose another path. Jesus loves us and only wants the best for us but he cant make everyone decisions, they have to decide for themselves. How would you explain how a good, loving, and all-powerful God allows suffering and evil in his creation? Cite a specific example of suffering and/or evil that you have seen or experienced. The way I would explain a good, loving, and all powerful God allows suffering and evil in his creationg is he knows best and, as such, he knows that our world is the best way to the best possible world. Ofoucrse there will be evil and suffering along the way. Considering all the evil in the world, does God really does care about us, not only does he care, but he cared enough to have sent his son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die for us. Because of God’s great love and sacrifice, we now have a way to be reconciled with Him through Christ. This does not mean that we will no longer suffer in this world, but it does mean that we will spend eternity with God. There will come a day when God says “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things” will pass away (Revelation 21:4).
- Fall '10