The exclusive model holds that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, as the only Son of God, the only Savior. Jesus is the clearest way to salvation. Evangelicals believe that you are not saved unless you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Certainly, he is the “best.” Baptism in Jesus Christ brings the fullest revelation of truth. There may be positive values elsewhere, but can you learn anything else? The Christian Church is the one and only true religion. There is no salvation outside this church. Missionaries and evangelists have preached the need to know Jesus Christ as your personal savior.
The practical consequences of religious belief
Religion is about belief and behavior. How we behave depends on what we believe. The “what” and “why” of life feed into each other. By doing a certain thing we understand why we are doing it. We start to do it by first believing it worthwhile. Behavior is determined by belief, but belief is also determined by behavior. Praxis is acting and doing. Theory is thinking and understanding. We live according to what we believe. We believe according to the way we live. There is a circular interplay. True religion is an integrating force in our lives, so that the whole person is really an integrated personality. Religion is not a view of life, but a way of living. A person’s view of the world reflects a way of living. We express our ethical beliefs in both a concrete and symbolic way. We have to understand what is being done, in order to understand what is said. Religion is a life style, not an idea. Are you challenged to be yourself? Do these religious practices increase your identity? Do they challenge you to be freer? Do they open new horizons? Do they have value? Is your human existence better off? These are the questions you must ask about your religious practice.