A previous post listed results from a Barna report on how young people today view the Bible differently from other generations. The third point was that they hold to . . . MORE UNIVERSALISM .. which means it lacks uniqueness.
Many believe that the Bible “teaches the same spiritual truths as other sacred texts.” It is basically another way to say that all paths lead to the same place. So, is the Bible universal or unique?
If unique, then the Bible holds a unique message that must be viewed in a different light. And, it must be kept unadulterated or uncompromised.
If universal, then you can mix a little of this and a little of that and be okay. Hence, you develop a theology of your choosing.
Choosing if the Bible is Unique or Universal
To those who hold a more universal view of Scripture, my first questions would be, “Have you actually read through the Bible and compared it to the texts from other religions?” If you do, you will find that there are some fundamental differences that would inhibit a universal approach. Consequently, you must make a choice on which you will believe.
That leads to a series of questions:
- Which text most answers the soul-searching questions about life … satisfies the seeking and fills the void?
- Which text provides the most hope for immortality … assurance of life after death?
- Which text offers the most rational view of the universe … why things are the way they are?
- Which text gives the most meaning and significance to life … explaining the conflict between the ideals and reality?
- Which text is the most systematically consistent … lack of contradictions?
- Which text gives us a reliable standard of truth … not leaving us in a constant state of flux?
If you want people to understand the uniqueness of God’s Word:
1) Help them work through the above questions. Show them how the Word of God passes the test.
2) Provide resources that point out some of the fundamental differences of world religions and their texts.