Do only Christians know God?

Stackhouse

“Indeed, I believe that many people raised in non-Christian religions—such as bhakti (devotional) traditions in Hinduism in which they worship a single supreme God and trust him for their salvation (however badly understood this is from a Christian point of view), or Judaism or Islam, to pick examples closer to home—have a clearer and more authentic apprehension of God than many people raised in ostensibly Christian homes and churches in which a terrible distortion of God is taught and little access to the genuine gospel is available. To confine the scope of salvation to those who have heard certain facts about Jesus and who come to accept him on this basis, therefore, is not necessitated by the Bible, and in fact is not even the best way to understand the Bible.” (source)

–John G. Stackhouse Jr.

If this paragraph sounds crazy is it because we certainly have a lock on absolute truth, or because the lens we view the truth through has been clouded by our own inclinations to draw theological boundary lines, with us always being on the correct side? This article comes not from a fringe group trying to ruffle feathers, but from a well-respected Evangelical magazine, Christianity Today.

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4 comments

  1. it sounds like you are asking a rhetorical question and that you already believe that it is crazy.

    however, i think there is a lotta merit to what he is saying. he doesnt say that “christians” have a worse understanding of God, but rather people raised in “christian” families. i think that is often true, because christian families arent necessarily more than nominal.

    anyway, as far as the who receives God’s grace thing, i think we should leave it up to Him to decide who He saves. our job is to share the Good News as much as possible, but we are not commanded to condemn certain people and justify others. this is God’s job.

    peter

  2. Probably most Christians don’t KNOW God. “Many want me, but do not commit to Me.”

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