Thursday, June 26, 2008

Majority Religious Belief

Spiritual Truths from Contemporary Life to Build You Up

I was thinking…

“Most Americans agree with the statement that many religions – not just their own – can lead to eternal life. Among those who are affiliated with a religious tradition, seven-in-ten say many religions can lead to eternal life.”

This national poll (released June 23, 2008) on what America believes comforts us in terms of social relationships. Social relationships can easily fray when they are driven by ideologies and demagogues. We must treat each other humbly, and view all religions respectfully. All people are precious. And religions are precious to their followers.

What we must avoid, however, is translating majority opinion to confirm, verify, and substantiate truth, especially salvation truth.

It’s a simple thought: “just because the majority believes so, is it so?” And a good question, since the only person whose opinion really counts in this regard is the One who provides the road to eternal life. And I don’t believe He was consulted in this opinion poll.

And if He wasn’t consulted on the matter of eternal life, should the poll make news headlines? Or take valuable headspace?

What do you think?

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