June 2, 2009
The headline in USA Today said, “Obama’s faith fits our times.” In the column by Stephen Mansfield, there is this: “(Obama) believes in a ‘living word of God,’ one that ever reveals and expands, that comes from unexpected sources. ‘When I read the Bible,’ he has written, ‘I do so with the belief that it is not a static text but the Living Word and that I must be continually open to new revelations – whether they come from a lesbian friend or a doctor opposed to abortion.’
“These new revelations,” says Mansfield, “might come from a non-Christian religion, as well, for Obama does not believe his Christianity is the final word. ‘I am rooted in the Christian tradition,’ he has said, ‘but I believe there are many paths to the same place…’”
You can’t be rooted in a faith that denies the word of God. You can’t be rooted in a faith that has no roots. And you can’t be rooted in a faith in which God constantly changes his mind. If he believes there are many paths to God, he is denying Jesus Christ who said he is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the father but by him. Obama’s faith isn’t biblical faith, whatever else it may be.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.