Who Will Be Saved?

In the gospel of John, Jesus says "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one goes to the Father but by me." If we read that exclusively then it means this: I am the way, the truth and the life, no one goes to the father except by me. You had better march yourself up to the front of the church and publicly profess your faith in Jesus Christ or risk your soul to the eternal torments of hell. Belief in Jesus Christ is not one way, it is the only way. Either get right or get left!

Now read the same scripture inclusively. Even your voice will soften as your heart opens up;

I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one goes to the father except by me. If you know me, you know my father also. To know Jesus is to know God. That is true enough, but also, to know God is to know Jesus. Our Jewish brothers and sisters know God (YHWH) and therefore they know Jesus. Our Muslim brothers and sisters know God (Allah), therefore they know Jesus. The list goes on. If God and Jesus are one, then certainly, if you know one then, by definition, you will know the other.

Full inclusion means inclusive reading of scriptures. Inclusive reading of scriptures means our God has wide open arms, everyone has a seat at the banquet table.

We have a choice to make. Do we want to read scripture exclusively and live our lives judging who is in and who is out, who gets picked up and who gets left behind, or do we want to read scripture inclusively and witness to the love of God whose inclusion has no bounds?

Who is saved? Niebuhr was asked if he believed in universal salvation and his response was "I pray everyday that it is true."