It’s a differentiating Gospel for sure. Salvation is by grace through faith, as opposed to theearn it or leverage a special knowledge or an encounter method. The path of self inducement, in terms of progressing the spiritual journey, is clearly not the way; the way is in and through Jesus Christ. At least that is how I interpret the Bible.
Thus, it is most interesting to continue to see and hear books and speakers talk about just how much the three great world religions have in common. Like the image above which suggests that Jesus and Muhammad were on parallel paths. At the most superficial levels I guess we can make a case that numerous things in life bear similarities. What does one do with Matthew 5 and Jesus’ instructions to, “Love your enemies”?
I mention this not to demean other religions or somehow to “sell” the superiority of Christianity amongst the others. Rather, I share this simply to draw attention that the exclusivity of Christ is not a post mortem marketing scheme. This concept was delivered by God through the Holy Scriptures and taught by Jesus himself. Dust off John 14 and pay special attention to verse 6 for instance.
Now the rub. If we make the Gospel non-differentiating then we have made it no gospel at all. We have diluted the magnificent work of God and we have diminshed the life and lordship of Christ. Differentiation brings with it the opportunity for conflict, most especially in a world that is bent culturally towards pluralism. Closing the circle we soon realize that our perception of the authority of Scripture is a huge issue, for it is that posture that determines how we handle processing life forward. Jesus is Lord of all and is alive and well at work in the world and even in me! In my mind that is pretty differentiating in a world filled with dead prophets. Peace and love!