There Are Several Versions of Who Qualifies For Salvation, All of Which Are Getting Increasingly Popular Today. The Only One The Bible Supports is The Fourth... Exclusivism
Religious Pluralism Universalism Inclusivism Exclusivism
is the belief that every religion is true. Each provides a genuine encounter with the Ultimate. One may be better than the others, but all are adequate. Pluralism does not necessarily say that all will be saved, only that all religions are capable of leading to God.
Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, "There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it." In our pluralistic society an increasing number of people find Shaw's interpretation of religion appealing. The Achilles' heel of the claim that all paths lead to the same destination is the problem of internal consistency. Each religious tradition makes truth-claims which contradict the truth-claims of other religious traditions. Several articles on THIS page
states that sooner or later all people will be saved, that all humankind will certainly eventually inherit eternal life.
Universalism was first proposed by the non conformist church father, Origen (ca. 185-ca. 254) and was condemned as unorthodox by the Fifth Ecumenical Council of Constantinople (A.D. 553).. This older form of universalism, taught that salvation would come after a temporary period of punishment. The newer form of universalism declares that all men are now saved, though all do not realize it. Therefore the job of the preacher and the missionary is to tell people they are already saved.
Certain passages like 1 Peter 4:18, Matthew 7:14, Hebrews 6:4-8, 2 Cor. 5:18-19, Romans 5:12 -21, John 12:32, Philippians 2:11, and 1 Timothy 2:4 are quoted in support of universalism. Such passages, interpreted properly, do not support universalism: See Universalism
Also See How Will Those Who Never Learn the Gospel Be Judged? What will be the ultimate fate of those who never have the opportunity of hearing the gospel of Christ? This is a question with which every sensitive soul struggles. While Christians are not the “judges” of man’s final disposition, there are Bible principles that are worthy of serious consideration. (Includes Is “ignorance bliss” with regard to sin? Not according to the Scriptures)
claims that one religion is explicitly true, while all others are implicitly true and that God accepts an ‘implicit’ faith in lieu of explicit faith in Christ. That while there is no salvation outside of Jesus Christ, that He will extend His mercy to many who lead moral lives but may have incomplete, or no knowledge of Him in this present life.
“…if ignorance were a ticket to heaven, the greatest evangelistic enterprise in the world would not be a Billy Graham crusade but a concerted cover-up campaign. Such a campaign would focus on ending evangelism, burning Bibles, and closing churches. Then, in a few years, no one will hear of Jesus Christ and hence everyone will be on their way to heaven. Given this scenario, Christ would not have come to seek and save those who were lost but rather to seek and lose those who were already saved”. Hank Hanegraaff (Is Jesus The Only Way?)
Inclusivism has been around for centuries but one of the reasons I believe it has recently become so popular is the need to make Christianity a more “user friendly” religion. Many people have chosen to reject Christianity on the basis that a God who is willing to condemn millions to hell simply for not believing in Him is not a God they want to have anything to do with. Many Christians are uncomfortable with this theology. God’s absolute justice, the exclusivity of Christ, and the doctrine of eternal punishment are all hard pills to swallow. [Does The Bible Really Teach that Sinners are Condemned to Eternal Punishment? See Section on Hell]
Inclusivists hope to rescue God from accusations of injustice by trying to soften the uncompromising message of the Gospel. Unfortunately, among other difficulties, inclusivists have to somehow defend the idea that God has changed. In the Old Testament God repeatedly makes very clear that He detests idol worship and warns the Israelis not to make a covenant with idol worshippers lest it be a snare to them. He commands them to destroy their altars and cut down their wooden images (Exodus 34: 12-17) and warns them that He is a jealous God.. He likens idol worship to playing the harlot. The book of Kings repeatedly talks about the high places where they burned incense which is described as “wicked things which provoked the Lord to anger” (2 Kings 17) which finally caused God to “remove them from His sight”.
Neither is the New Testament deficient in it’s condemnation of idols. Idol worship is described as demonical (1 Corinthians 10: 20-23), defiling (2 Corinthians 17-18), enslaving (Galatians 4:8-9), abominable (1 Peter 4:3). Additionally Revelation 9:20 speaks of men who, even after many plagues did not repent of their worship of demons and idols. Revelation 22:15 makes it very clear that idolators have no part in the New Jerusalem but are “outside”. Note that this verse says “idolators’ not ‘unbelievers’ are outside, which in this present day and age is the majority of mankind. (Revelation 21:8 includes both ‘idolators’ and ‘unbelievers’ in those that have their part in the lake of fire. . [Also See Idol Worship... The Spirits Behind The Idols]
In the light of these and many other verses it is hard to see how God will now forgive idol worship in people who haven’t repented and turned to Him. The Jews in the Old Testament found forgiveness for their sins through the animal sacrifices, which was a temporary measure until the final sacrifice of the Lamb without blemish. The Bible says nothing about the surrounding idol worshipping nations being forgiven through these animal sacrifices, but inclusivists would have us believe that present day idol worshippers are automatically saved through Jesus’ death, which, if it were true, would lead us the to the obvious conclusion that God has changed.
is the belief that only one religion is true, and the others opposed to it are false. That salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ, and that all followers of false religions are bound for Hell. Only a minority of humankind will finally be saved.
Christianity is exclusivistic: It claims to be the one and only true religion, which places Christianity at odds with the growing belief that it is all a question of ‘perspective’ and all claims to truth are equally valid. It has often been said that for Christians to claim that Jesus is the one and only way to God is grossly arrogant. However unlike any other religion Christianity does offer criteria by which its truth-claims can be evaluated and proven. (An argument against Inclusivism is an argument for exclusivism)... See Is Jesus The Only Way and Christian Exclusivism Explained and Defended