Well, at least he’s sincere. How many times have you heard that? It’s a cliché that’s supposed to cover all sins. The problem is that we equate sincerity with truth, or at least we say we “respect” someone who is trying to follow what he/she believes.
There is one thing we need to keep in mind, though:
A sincere belief can be sincerely wrong.
That’s Snyderian Truism #13 in my ever-expanding list of what I think ought to be undeniable truths.
One man sincerely believes Jesus is the only way to establish a relationship with God; another claims Allah is the one to obey; still another follows the Buddhist path, while yet another says there is no God.
All might be sincere. All cannot be correct. And there are eternal consequences if you are wrong.
I take my stand on the words of Jesus:
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except by Me.
Being sincere is not enough. Hell is populated with sincere people. If that offends you, I can’t be sorry for saying it. I don’t respect any belief that sends people into an eternity separated from the presence of their Creator.