Apostasy from true belief in the gospel is already omnipresent. Anyone who turns to one of the Protestant churches to find out the right path to their own salvation and also follows it will be hopelessly lost. Obvious disbelief is conveyed as “belief.”
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Scholarly unbelief on the part of the Protestant church
Ecumenism presupposes a “multilateral” path to salvation in order to achieve its goals. Access to God the Father should not only be possible through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, but also through alternative paths. It seems irrelevant why man needs a path to God at all, or why man is separated from God. This question is no longer asked.
The answer of a “theologian” to the question of an interested reader at “evangelisch.de” impressively shows how faith in the gospel is even within the Protestant churches(Source)
The questioner confesses his faith despite many doubts. He is convinced that faith can heal a lot of things. However, he found it difficult to accept that the Christian faith could be the only “way of salvation”. God created the diversity of cultures and their religious expressions and for this reason it was difficult for him to believe in this exclusion principle. This would reduce God’s diverse creation to absurdity. His specific question to the Protestant “theologian” is whether there is another path to salvation, to God, than just the Christian path. Whether it is necessary to be baptized.
A “theologian” explains the diversity
The “theologian” began his answer by emphasizing that “our faith” is joyful and healing. This also leaves room for doubt. The core of the “Christian certainty of faith” is the certainty that one’s own faith is good and a real path to salvation. He himself grew up in a Christian family, occasionally went to church, was baptized, enjoyed Christian religious education and also took part in confirmation classes. Friendships formed within the community. He felt increasingly comfortable in Christianity. Therefore there was no reason to look elsewhere. For him, Christianity is the “(only) path to salvation.” This raised the question for him as to why people in other religious environments should think differently about their faith.
Problem of mutual exclusion
However, when religions begin to deny that other paths can also lead to salvation, things become problematic. Monotheistic religions, such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam, tended to claim that their respective faith path was the only correct one. “We all confess one God, besides whom there are no others, but for Judaism God has ultimately revealed himself in the Torah, for Christianity in Jesus Christ and for Islam in the Koran.” These were valid but different revelations for the path to salvation. These paths are partly mutually exclusive. Sentences also appeared in the respective “holy scriptures” that asked people to stay on the path. Religions are designed to see themselves as the only correct path.
Doubt be creative
Here doubt must be accepted as a divine gift. The “theologian” believes that “we” breathe God’s spirit. God let us live, love and be creative. Doubt is such a form of creativity. God cannot be limited. There is no reason to believe why God, the Creator of everything, allows himself to be “pressed into the framework of exclusivity” by humans. Religions are good because they help people to worship God within the community. This should by no means be underestimated. But we should ask ourselves whether we actually want to dictate to God, “whether he also allows other paths to himself or not?” says the “theologian”.
Baptism is a “wonderful way” to come to God. May God choose the form in which this is still possible.
His “faith” is actually unbelief
In his answer, the “theologian” professed his faith several times. He may actually have strong faith in his confessions. But he seems to believe in all kinds of things, but he doesn’t believe in the gospel. In his role as an answering authority for questions asked within the Protestant Church, one must assume that he knows the Gospel. His answers reflect his own “faith,” not the written Word of God.
Why man needs salvation at all or should find the way to God before the connection is completely and finally severed by Jesus Christ is not addressed in a single syllable. This “theologian” also forgot the immutability of God. In addition, God’s eternal justice is ignored. The daily credo in churches has been “love, love and love” for some time now. This is true, but only half the truth, because God is also justice. The “colorful diversity rainbow philosophy” has clearly also been fruitful when it comes to religion.
If you take the Gospel as a standard, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with the “theologian’s” explanation. As a contact point for theological questions about the Christian faith, he should actually know what the Bible says. It also says what God once decided:
Jesus Christ explained the “multiplicity” of different paths to salvation Himself,John 14:6:
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
The path of salvation was already established before the foundation of this world and was explained immediately after the first fall in Genesis 3:15.
But the “theologian” obviously doesn’t believe that.
Will God change His mind?
With the statement of Jesus Christ (John 14:6), God’s “choosing the way of salvation” is clearly defined. Now the question arose as to whether God could decide otherwise or whether He ever changed His mind or laws.
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
“The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.”
“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
“If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;”
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
It is unmistakable. God does not change His mind, His statutes, commandments, or prepared ways. But the “theologian” obviously doesn’t believe in it.
Faith in Jesus Christ and His blood sacrifice
Jesus Christ emphasized the importance of faith. Of belief in what? In His time to Himself, He the only begotten Son of God, who came to save men. What is often referred to today as the time of the “Old Covenant” still applies without restriction today (Info). In Old Testament times it was faith in the future Savior who would give His life for our sins. Today in the “New Covenant” it is faith in the Savior who has already come and who gave His life for our sins. That’s it for the difference between the Old and New Covenants.
God’s diversity and human free will
God’s diversity affects His creation. For this reason, God gave man his free will. Even belief in God and His only begotten Son is not a compulsion. But it is the only way to Him. Mankind created the diversity of cultures and religions through their own free will. How this “theologian” comes to the conclusion that the “God” of Islam could be the same God of the Bible, when Islam openly rejects Jesus Christ as the Son of God, is a mystery (Info). One could come to the conclusion that the “theologian” has no idea about the numerous reports about the people of Israel in the Old Testament, the neighboring peoples, their paganism and the multiple apostasy of Israel as well as the respective consequences.
God the Father gave His only begotten Son because He loves His creation so much. John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The “theologian” obviously rejects this, thanks to his “God-given creative doubt.” And he also conveys this personal “faith” to other people who are still searching for the right path.
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Bible verses from King James Version