This is probably one of my more dramatic post titles, and if WordPress had a soundtrack widget I imagine there would be some intense thematic music in the background. Maybe if this were a speech instead of a blog, I would stand at the podium, wild-eyed, staring everyone down before spitting out the words “pluralism! and. the. END. OF. THE. WORLD!!!” I’m sure I would be convincing, all 4’10” of me (because I can be convincing, you know).
So this is a weighty topic and while it deserves a heavy hand I certainly am not in the mood for that tonight. VBS with a bunch of screaming happy kids (some with waterguns) will do that to a person. But here we go…
Pluralism says that “all paths to truth are valid,” even opposing paths. This is the prevalent philosophy of American culture and much of the West, and it won’t be long before globalization spreads pluralism to all corners of the earth. While I believe that working together to achieve unity and world peace is ALWAYS good in the natural world, the spiritual message behind pluralism leads us down a dark lie-based alley. This is because to achieve unity through religious pluralism, we ignore our differences to such an extent that we think we are spiritually united with other faiths, when in fact two such faiths may believe opposite things. This is a false spiritual unity. (For the unabridged version of these thoughts click here, here, and here.)
I suspect that the false spiritual unity brought about through pluralism is related to the Spirit of Babylon (the great harlot) that we read about in Revelation. The Babylonian spirit is known for how it puffs up, flatters, and causes us to think that we are everything, that we can be like God, and that there is no other besides us. This is what took humanity out of God’s presence in the Garden of Eden, and I’m beginning to think that it will be the same spirit that ushers in the kingdom of the antichrist at the end of the world. It makes sense, doesn’t it? To come full circle, back to the original deceit.
So just imagine with me another 30 years or so of pluralism, where I don’t talk about Jesus and you don’t talk about Muhammad (or we ignore some of the more crazy parts, like the whole “I am the way, the truth and the life” bit) and we all begin to feel a type of synergy with each other. The nations and governments get really cozy. Sure there will continue to be wars, but the overall flow of things will tend to bring us closer together. The nations will NEED each other like never before, we will be interdependent. Enmeshed. Anything that threatens this blissful “we are one-ness” will be seen as extremism. Old-fashioned. Mythic. Less evolved. Primitive.
And it’s all a costume, based on a philosophy that promotes false unity. So what happens when you build a modern-day Tower of Babel on a lie?
The same thing that happened to the first Tower of Babel, only this time a beast will be waiting in the wings. Check out Revelation 17 and 18 to see how this will play out in the spiritual realm, that beautiful and dangerous place we cannot yet see.
Of course I don’t know what will happen over the next 30 years. Sometimes I think God laughs at us, down here, trying to figure these things out with our limited intelligence. I don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. Do you? I mean, do you REALLY know?