June 25, 2008
I am shocked and appalled over a newly published survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. It finds most Americans believe there are many ways to salvation besides their own faith. Most shocking of all is the majority of self-identified evangelical Christians who believe this.
Apparently they must think Jesus was a liar, or mistaken, when he said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me.” Look it up.
This is a product of several things. It is surely a product of biblical illiteracy by people who don’t read, or selectively read Scripture. It is also fallout from the political correctness vice that says you are intolerant if you believe anything to be true, because people who have another truth – or no truth – might feel bad and experience rejection.
If they feel rejection now, wait until they hear, “Away from me, I never knew you.”
If there are many paths to heaven, Jesus suffered and died for nothing. He could have stayed in heaven, sent down a book of sayings and avoided crucifixion. There is only one path to heaven and it is through him and him alone.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.