Religious Exclusivism : A Universal Plan For Eternal Salvation

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Finding the purpose of life has always been a constant in human history and religions have been the predominant answer to this need for a long period of time. Believing in an all-powerful God therefore being part of a universal plan for eternal salvation requires faith in God and the following of his message contained in a sacred text. However, a common theme among scriptures of various religion is the clear division between “the chosen ones” and the “not chosen ones” depending on our stance about the scriptures. These groups respectively lead to eternal salvation or condemnation. While we could define the chosen ones as the good people, fearful of God and his teachings, the other group is harder to describe since it is subject to personal interpretation: it refers to individuals ignorant about the truth, refusing it consciously or not or pursuing the opposite of the truth, either sin or another religion. This concept, called religious exclusivism affirm that only one particular religion is true. Since every religion claims to be the right one this situation creates competing universal claims that do not leave space for compromise, leaving the individual either on one side or another. Disagreement without compromise automatically leads to conflict, especially in the case of religions. The main point in favour of this thesis is historical evidence, where can find a lot of examples of religious wars such as the crusades, started in 1095 and announced several times for 200

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