Pluralism leads to a false sense of unity, a warm fuzzy feeling that is almost spiritual at the core.
Let’s make this personal: I believe that Jesus is the Messiah — God incarnate — and that the Spirit of God dwells within me since I have been born again. But when I talk with my Buddhist friend, we tend to discuss a form of spirituality — all spirit and light. If I don’t bring up Jesus, we can speak the same language. We have a meeting of the minds (incomplete as it may be). Some might call this a spiritual “synergy” because we are all connected; we all share in the energy of this great universe as fellow beings.
This is the spirituality which I believe will lead us into the one-world “religion” mentioned in Revelation 13. It is not a religion at all, not in the traditional sense of the world. Because how could all the earth’s religions come together as one UNLESS we embrace our similarities and ignore the differences? As our world becomes more global, we are seeing more and more “interfaith” initiatives, and denial of symbols or words that bring division. And at the same time we also see a drive toward “unity” and “working together” and “global policy.”
We are building the Tower of Babel all over again.
This is the end of this series. Below I have included some helpful articles and links so you can check out these ideas for yourself.
If you need a reminder about how the Spirit of Babylon works, click on my recent post “oh, Babylon.”
For how globalization, pluralism, connectedness, and Babylon relate to each other, click here “Reflections of Babylon: Intercultural Communication and Globalization in the New World Order” Leigh, J. Globalization, 2004.
For some good resources about Babylon in our modern globalized world, click here: Who and Where is Mystery Babylon?
To see how pluralism as “spirituality” is growing in popularity, click on this CNN article. A quote from the article: “I had this revelation that I bow to no one, and I’ve been spiritually a much happier person,” says Ekim, who describers herself now as a Taoist, a religious practice from ancient China that emphasizes the unity of humanity and the universe.
and finally, for a great blog post that dives in the theology of LOST, click “The End of Lost: What did it really mean?”