Of course we don’t really believe this – well, except maybe some Calvinists. But what does our theology say? I bring good news to those who tithe? Who are dedicated to prayer? Who bless a certain nation, political party or leader?
So much of our doctrines are exclusionary. God’s blessings is doled out based on laws or principles of God and his salvation is only for those who have correct doctrine. More and more I am seeing that the language used throughout the Christian Scriptures is inclusive:
So then as through ONE transgression there resulted condemnation to ALL men, even so through ONE act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to ALL men.
For as in Adam ALL die, so also in Christ ALL will be made alive
1 Corinthians 15:22
The problem is all the inclusive scriptures get interpreted through verses like:
Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
What happens if we flip that around? What if we interpret the way, truth and life verse through the inclusive message that I see as predominate?