The Syndrome Effect

“There are many ways to God.” All of us have been told this at some point over the last few years. While it has been an increasingly popular response from culture, it is becoming more and more prevalent with those who would claim to be Evangelical. One must ask the question, where did this concept come from? The answer is multi-faceted, but I believe one of the main culprits resides in the inclusivity of our society.

Society today has switched from one of exclusivity to being inclusive of all people with very few reservations. Don't get me wrong, there are several benefits to having an inclusive society, namely gender equality and the breaking down of racial divisions. Yet, there are also some major downfalls for an inclusive society. An all-inclusive society cannot have absolute truth. One person or group cannot have a monopoly on the right side of any argument unless it is about being inclusive. This is why we hear “let’s agree to disagree” so often. No one’s wrong here, just different, that’s all. 

The Syndrome Effect

This reminds me of the 2004 Pixar animated film - The Incredibles. The main villain, named Syndrome, explains what’s happening in culture perhaps better than any philosopher today when he says, “When everyone is super, no one will be.” This could be said of our context when everyone is right, than no one is right. That is our culture. We live in a time of total rejection of absolute truth. After all what could be more hateful than telling someone their religious system is wrong? In our culture, nothing. 

This culture of inclusivity is what has lead to the state of vague spirituality we see today. As G.K. Chesterton wrote, “When people cease to believe in God, they do not believe in nothing, they believe in anything.” Today, everyone is a “seeker” who collects religious philosophies like baseball cards, each one helping the individual to “become a better person.” Our culture tells us that religion isn’t about being right but whatever make you a better person who is inclusive of other attempting to do the same. 

Is truth subjective? 

If you really wanted to fly and believed in your heart that you could, would that make it so? If you jumped off a roof attempting to take off to the skies, would you? Or would you fall to the pavement? Of course you would fall, that’s the law of gravity. This is an absolute truth in the universe. Another truth of the universe is found in the law of noncontradiction. This means that something cannot be right and wrong at the same time while remaining the same in itself. 

Is Christianity Different Than other religions?

Absolutely. Christianity is in complete contrast to the vague spiritual landscape of religion today. One of the main tenants of Christianity is that it alone is the way of salvation. Jesus says as much in John 14:6, when asked how to get to Heaven He said, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes unto the Father except through me.” Peter says the same in Acts 4:12, “There is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Many other passages would tell us something similar. 

The law of noncontradiction says that something cannot be both true and false at the same time while remaining the same itself. So if orthodox Christianity claims to the ONLY WAY than it cannot be right and wrong at the same time. Either, Christianity is wrong when it says this or it is right. I believe it is right, I teach that it is right, and unlike our inclusive friends who mistakenly believe there are multiple ways to Heaven, I tell others orthodox Christianity is right. There is only one way. His name is Jesus.

- Dean

Dean Lentini