"For God did not send
His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him
might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not
believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the
only begotten Son of God." (John 3:17-18)
Instead, Barack Obama stated:
"What I believe in is that if I live my life as well
as I can, that I will be rewarded. I don't presume to have knowledge of what
happens after I die."(Barack Obama, April 2004)
What constitutes a living well a life of good works?
"Then they said to Him, “What shall
we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." (John
Barack Obama continued:
"I believe that there are many paths to the same
place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are
connected as a people, that there are values that transcend race or culture,
that move us forward, and that there’s an obligation for all of us individually
as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived."
(Barack Obama, April 2004)
The "many paths" in Barack Obama's
brand of Christianity
sounds open-minded, inclusive and magnanimous. But it has one problem: it contradict the exclusivity of Jesus' declaration:
"I am the
way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father EXCEPT through ME."
(John 14:6, emphasis added; for an explanation of why there is no other way,
Note also that the "paths" in Barack Obama's
Christianity leads not to a person but a "place", and not to
"the Father" but a "higher power".
What is the source of Barack Obama's insights?
"I think I have an ongoing conversation with God.
Throughout the day I’m constantly asking myself questions about what I’m doing,
why I am doing it." (Barack Obama, April 2004)
If he has "an ongoing conversation with
God", he should be asking God those questions; if he is
"constantly asking myself"
those questions then the conversation he is having is with himself, not with God.