Posted: June 8, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, The Christian Life

“The clear message from Genesis to Revelation is either go to hell with your own righteousness, or go to heaven with the righteousness of Christ credited to your account by faith alone. Faith in Christ is saving; faith in anything or anyone else is superstition.”

– Michael Horton

  1. Peter Black says:

    This “bottom line” assertion of the Gospel truth probably seems arrogant or confrontational to folks who do not understand the Christian faith. Take, for instance, the Liberal view of John Hick, who has proposed the so-called “mountain analogy” which arises from his comparison of life with the variety of pathways which start up from the base of some large mountain. The paths are all different but though they wind around by different routes, they all arrive eventually at the top, which is the single destination. So, he implies, it doesn’t really matter which way one selects as a path through life. Your way is just as good as any other way, and will arrive at the destination. But is that the way life works in any other venue of human activity? Is it true that one can eat whatever one likes, and yet all will remain healthy? Or that investment of one’s money in any sort of scheme is just as likely to result in prosperity as any other method? Nobody can really believe that all things are equal and it doesn’t matter what one’s choices are, in the menu of life’s buffet.
    Americans should have sense enough to look for the right answers in life.

  2. NIshikant says:

    Sir, You have put it in a very rude manner, to my belief it is contradictory to the ethos our religion. Since our Lord’s life and death was pure manifestation of mercy and grace. Lord God has cast the burden upon the shoulders of every christian to spread the gospel with kindness. The words

  3. Peter Black says:

    You are quite right that the Gospel should be spread with kindness. Perhaps you encounter more generous and considerate folks than I do, however. In my work I commonly interact with people who are not only atheists, but who regard Christians as fakes, frauds, and hypocrites. That is why I turn to a logically compelling view of the Gospel rather than just a “kindly” recommendation. The view I attributed to John Hick sounds “kindly,” but unfortunately it is an erroneous idea. It would hardly be kind to imply to an unbeliever that any view is equally correct.

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