This from the Bishop of the Anglican Church in America…I’ll call her Kathy:
“Is belief in Jesus the only way to get to heaven?” “We who practice the Christian tradition understand him as our vehicle to the divine. But for us to assume that God could not act in other ways is, I think, to put God in an awfully small box.”
Oh Kathy, Kathy, Kathy I love the God in a Box/that limits God argument…because frankly it is one of the stupidest arguments that I have ever heard. You are right it would be wrong to put God in our own box, this is what the Second Commandment is about. But to understand God in a way different than he has himself reveled to is not to remove God from any box, but rather to create a new box and a new god and again violate the second commandment. To say that Jesus is the only way to God is not to put God in a box, it is to understand God in the box that he has given us, through Christ and Scripture, the only real limit being in our ability to understand and accept it. One might argue against revelation, or against the Bible but one can not simultaneously claim to believe the Bible and to be a Christian and remove him from the Box of his own self disclosure in Scripture, to do so is to be an idolater and worshiper of false gods, not to mention calling Jesus a liar. And there is really no limit removed or boxing unconstrained if the people you seek to mollifiy are seperated from Jesus because the god you presented to them is not the God who exists. Which would you rather have, a fairy tale god who fit your sensibilites, because in fact you “unboxed” and created him, or a God who presented you with a box and a grid in which to understand him, worship him and follow him? I want a God who while, yes he does judge sin and does claim to be the only way, is still loving, still the hope of the world and above all is real because a fake god no matter how I concieve him cannot save me from me.