This photo is on Justin Taylor’s blog and ties in with a conversation I had tonight with a friend about God’s grace. Grace is fundemental to the entire message of the Bible.
Rather than walk away when rejected, betrayed, and offended as many of us do in when sinned against; God at great expense continued to love us. His grace is unimaginable to any of us and what we are all saved by. We do nothing, God’s grace does everything.
Tonight a friend suggested to me that if God’s grace was so pervasive it would certainly have to be in other religions. That God would make allowance for followers of other religions…right?
Yet as I was thinking about it I wonder if in our emotive pluralist upbrings we desire to infuse grace to where it is not naturally found. Shintoism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, do not place much if any emphasis on grace, in fact to most it is quite foreign. Most world religions primary emphasize self-denial, good works, and personal effort.
The central emphasis on grace is unique to Christianity. No way any human comes up with such a radical idea that we are helpless and at God’s mercy, in fact no other religion even comes close.