Americans: My Faith Isn’t the Only Way to Heaven

June 24, 2008 — Leave a comment

Have you read this story yet?

The AP is reporting that most Americans don’t believe that their religion is the only way to get to heaven.

Here’s an excerpt:

America remains a nation of believers, but a new survey finds most Americans don’t feel their religion is the only way to eternal life — even if their faith tradition teaches otherwise.
The findings, revealed Monday in a survey of 35,000 adults, can either be taken as a positive sign of growing religious tolerance, or disturbing evidence that Americans dismiss or don’t know fundamental teachings of their own faiths.

Among the more startling numbers in the survey, conducted last year by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: 57 percent of evangelical church attenders said they believe many religions can lead to eternal life, in conflict with traditional evangelical teaching.
In all, 70 percent of Americans with a religious affiliation shared that view, and 68 percent said there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their own religion.
“The survey shows religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only three inches deep,” said D. Michael Lindsay, a Rice University sociologist of religion.
“There’s a growing pluralistic impulse toward tolerance and that is having theological consequences,” he said.

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This is so disturbing and reflects a complete ignorance of one of the clearest teachings in the Bible.

In John 14: 5,6 we read:

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

I just finished a meeting with one of our ministry leaders. In our meeting we discussed the importance of a strong discipleship program as a part of our ministry.

I’m convicted that we must do more to give our people a strong foundation of biblical knowledge.

This article is confirmation that more churches should do the same.

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