Is Salvation Found In Various Faith Traditions? (Religious Pluralism)
Updated: Mar 29, 2019
"Christianity Questions and Answers" podcast CQA 030
Religious pluralism is the belief that all religious paths are equally valid, even though they might have mutually exclusive truth claims. In religious pluralism, all religions are not only to be tolerated, they are believed to be equally true.
Dr. Chris Gnanakan
Recently I interviewed my friend Dr. Chris Gnanakan on the subject of religious pluralism. Chris has a remarkable background having been raised in India, educated in England and now living in the USA and a professor in a seminary. He holds three doctoral degrees, serves as a professor and also serves as Executive Director of a Christian missionary organization to Asia.
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Here’s a short biography for Chris:
Dr. Chris Gnanakan is originally from South India, and now lives with his family in Virginia. He is currently a professor at Liberty University’s School of Divinity, serving as a bridge between the mission field and the next generation of Christian leaders. Dr. Chris is also the Director of Outreach to Asia Nationals (OTAN), a mission organization that enables nationals to reach nationals in restricted-access countries with the Gospel.
You can learn more about Chris and contact him via his website: chrisgnanakan.com
What does God’s word say about religious pluralism?
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 ESV)
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 ESV)
“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’”(Romans 10:13-15 ESV)
“And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12 ESV)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”(Romans 6:23 ESV)
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” (John 3:17-19 ESV)
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