December 11, 2017

Coffee Cup Apologetics 36

cca_small.gifPodcast 36 More response to “I Can’t Continue To Call Myself A Christian.” This podcast deals with the objection to God punishing a sincere believer in another religion.

The podcast website is Coffee Cup Apologetics.

All the episodes of Coffee Cup Apologetics are now on iTunes. Go to iTunes and search for “Apologetics.”

Comments

  1. Michael,

    I think your point that Christianity offers a number of ways to look at this quesion (exclusivism, wide hope, Catholic Cathecism, Universalism etc…) is the best way to engage these types of questions.

    I would argue that this young lady is rejecting/ questioning a form of Christianity. And that she may simply not be aware how broad the discussion on this subject is within the faith.

  2. Michael,

    Great post. Great questions.

    The objections that the young lady brings forth regarding the exclusivity of the message of Christianity, are logical and rational ones.

    The answers to these questions are not, however, logical and rational. They are not our answers but God’s.

    Whatever else God is, He is not sentimental.

    That people from other cultures who have never heard the name of Jesus, or have rejected the name and story of Jesus, for other pathways to God, is a question that cannot be resolved by us.

    Oftentimes I’ll hear people say “If someone doesn’t accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior they will go to Hell. It says so right in the Bible.”

    I beg to difer; it says no such thing in the Bible.

    What the often misquoted and misunderstood verse reads, is this, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

    It doesn’t say that if you don’t choose Jesus you are going to Hell, Jesus is saying that HE WILL DECIDE. Big difference.
    Is it possible that Jesus might let a Muslim into the kingdom? Of course it’s possible. He knows the heart. Is it probable? That is another question.

    I have Evangelical and Calvinist friends who seem to take inordinate pleasure over the notion that God will send people, who don’t believe in what they believe, to Hell.
    I pray that God sends no one to Hell…because that’s where I deserve to go.

    We are told by Jesus to go, to baptise, and to teach about Him.

    St. Paul said, “How can they hear if they don’t have a preacher.”

    The message of Jesus as pathway to God won’t be popular, it never has been and it never will be. But that’s not for us to resolve. Jesus said “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
    He is the great stumbling block. People just can’t stand the exclusivity of Christ as pathway to God. The irony is, that the message of Jesus is for everyone!

    So, in the end, we must let God be God. We do our part (for better or worse) of baptising, preaching, and teaching, knowing all the while that our poor words are not a barrier to His power and will when it comes to creating and giving faith to those whom He chooses.

    Thanks Micheal, for the opprotunity.

    – Steve

  3. Enjoyed the post! Just wondering if someone like this wouldn’t end up in a group like Baha’i rather than going all the way to atheism?

  4. I agree with you Steve when you say “whatever God is, He is not sentimental.” He shows partiality to no one.