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Friday, October 11, 2013

Does Your Cafeteria Serve A La Carte Spirituality?

A la carte spirituality is like going through the cafeteria line and saying, “I’d like the green bean casserole, the lasagna, and the strawberry cheesecake.” It’s picking and choosing whatever you like about God and reality from all of the religions, philosophies, and popular ideas out there.






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Does Your Cafeteria Serve A La Carte Spirituality?

By Evan Nehring

A la carte spirituality is like going through the cafeteria line and saying, “I’d like the green bean casserole, the lasagna, and the strawberry cheesecake.” It’s picking and choosing whatever you like about God and reality from all of the religions, philosophies, and popular ideas out there.

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This is Hollywood spirituality. This is Oprah spirituality. “Sure, I like Jesus, he was a great teacher. I've learned a lot also from Hinduism, Universalism and Phyllis in accounting.”

A friend of mine joked once, “Hey, I’m not trying to start a new religion!” In fact, thousands of new religions are started every day as people pick and choose a la carte style at the spirit cafeteria. Some of these sects have gained a significant following by picking and choosing parts of the Bible.

For example, the founder of the Christian Science sect, Mary Baker Eddy, claimed to have the "key" to the Scriptures, and the founder of the Mormon sect, Joseph Smith, claimed to be the only person living with a "correct translation."[1]

Did you watch the online videos of actor Tom Cruise declaring allegiance to Christian Science? Yeah, that’s what I mean by Hollywood spirituality.

Some say, “Hey, why not pick and choose? All religions teach basically the same thing anyway.” While there’s plenty of overlap in how we should treat one another, the religions vary wildly on who God is and how we find Him.

Can we learn something from people of other faiths? Sure. Can anything ever replace the cross of Christ at the center of God’s revealed truth? Not a chance!


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[1] J. Budziszewski. How to Stay Christian in College. (Colorado Springs, CO: TH1NK Books, 2004), 59.

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