By: George Zellar
We are sometimes told that it does not really matter what people believe, as long as they are sincere in their beliefs. Yet, does it matter if a sincere pharmacist puts the wrong pills in a bottle? Does it matter if a surgeon sincerely believes he removed a kidney when, in fact, he removed the liver? Does it matter if a woman eats a poisonous mushroom, thinking it would be nourishing? What a person believes makes a life or death difference! A person is either on the narrow road which leads to life or he is on the broad road leading to destruction (Matt. 7:13-14). Jesus is the only way and there is no salvation apart from Him. Philosophical pluralism is the belief that all views in society are equally valid. No one can claim that his beliefs are superior to another’s. No one can declare another religion to be false. If there are no absolutes, then one viewpoint is as valid as another, and there is no objective standard by which to judge any human opinions. Pluralism preaches tolerance for everyone, with the exception that there is little tolerance for those who hold to absolute truth. They are often mercilessly attacked.
The tolerance of pluralism is now known as political correctness. Christians, who uphold the politically incorrect notion that some things are right and others are wrong are increasingly despised in society. Pluralists have no tolerance for people who express any kind of dogmatism; yet they themselves can be extremely dogmatic about their politically correct views. What should the believer’s response be to all this? Christian truth demands that falsehood be rejected and error be exposed. In these days of relativistic confusion, God’s people need to lovingly but firmly proclaim the truth of the gospel, sharing the love of Christ with lost and needy men (2 Cor. 5:19-20).
George W. Zeller has served on the staff of the Middletown Bible Church for more than 40 years. He is a graduate of Grace Theological Seminary where he studied under Dr. John Whitcomb. He has written numerous Sunday School lessons, Bible study materials, doctrinal booklets, and various papers on a wide range of Biblical topics. These studies are accessible at www.middletownbiblechurch.org.
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