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RELIGIOUS PLURALISM - Compromise within the Christian Church

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After finishing an assignment for school, I decided to share a resource I found that gives me hope for the future of 'the church'... www.allaboutreligion.org/religious-pluralism.htm (Christianity and religion, in general). The assignment was Religious Identity & Pluralism; I had never heard the term "religious pluralism" before, but I must say, I am impressed. There is such a movement now, there is an actual term for it; an establishment in history, finally, for the belief that we really do not need specific sets of belief laid out for us anymore. We are mostly all quite capable of imagining God for ourselves, having a personal relationship with Him and developing a belief system that works for us.  The spirit of God is so strong, when one feels it there is no regard for minor details that, in the end, don’t really matter.  Was Jesus God, incarnate?  Or, was he simply a man with a special mission, who fulfilled it beautifully??  Either way, we know it was God’s spirit he was filled with, and the words he spoke were obviously inspired, so what difference does it really make?  I don’t believe there is any religion that disputes the fact that Jesus lived, and ultimately, died, painfully, on a cross.  The only argument seems to be whether or not Jesus was actually God, Himself, or not – and, in my opinion, that is a technicality totally dependent upon perspective.  It’s a mute point to me.  See, as I view it, we are all a part of God.  So in that way, He becomes incarnate through all of us here on Earth, part of our physical being, as His spirit dwells within us.  The primary focus of counseling is to gain an “understanding of the human experience... and part of our human existence is the recognition of our spirituality...as spirituality is a “basic characteristic of humanness”.