Monday, March 10, 2008

Religious Pluralism

At Antioch yesterday, we had a child dedication service. It was wonderful.

In his sermon, Pastor Ken discussed the all-too-common view among even Christian parents in our day that
Our children should each be allowed to find their own way spiritually.
What a different view this is from the one God commanded of the Israelites...
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise... (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
There are (at least) two factors that allow American Christian parents to take the view they do. One is the radical individualism of Americans in general. The other is, of course, that they have accepted a postmodern view of religion, the fallacious view that "all religions are equally valid."

If they really believed--as the Bible clearly teaches--that Jesus is the only way to salvation, redemption, forgiveness, and right relationship with the true and living God, then you can be sure they would want their children to know this. Indeed, if the Bible's claims are true, then teaching our children a right understanding of who God is and what He has done is far more important than the many other things about which we are more intentional in teaching them.

Has muddled postmodern thinking kept you from helping your kids learn the truth about Jesus and His love for them?

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