“I am very spiritual in my own way. Let me make it clear, though—I am a Christian. Jesus is who saved me. He’s what keeps me full and whole. But everyone is entitled to what they believe and what keeps them full. Hopefully, I can influence people and help them follow the same path I am on, but it is not my job to tell people what they are doing wrong.” -Singer & Actress Miley Cyrus
The following is not intended to be a “Miley Cyrus bashing session” but rather a commentary on the mentality expressed by Cyrus that is held by many people in the world today. A worldview that claims to hold a Christian worldview (and I am not doubting that Miley has sincere saving faith in Jesus Christ) and yet has slipped into religious pluralism – a clearly non-Christian proposition.
Those who have had a saving faith in Jesus Christ at one point in their life and then because of some reason have slipped into a pluralistic worldview may be suffering from an “overly personal Jesus”. A Jesus who is here to provide personal satisfaction and make a person feel “full and whole”. Jesus did not incarnate, die, and rise again just to make us feel good. He died as a sacrifice for sin to restore our relationship with God but also so that He would have the first place in all things, and that His people together as the church would testify, praise, worship, and glorify Him.
Does Jesus make a person full and whole? Yes. Does He claim to be just one of several options that makes a person full and whole? Absolutely not. Only God can truly make a person full and whole and Jesus clearly claims & backs up the claims to be the only way to God & God Himself. While the sentiment of not wanting to tell other people that what they are trying in order to become full and whole is wrong may sound noble, it is in reality both cruel and irresponsible. Cruel because you are allowing and even encouraging others to go down paths that you know are ultimately not fulfilling and do not lead to salvation. Irresponsible because Christians have been commissioned by our Savior to tell others about Him and how to obtain salvation.