Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Myth That All Religions Lead To God

  • Discussion:
          -The belief that all religions worship the same God is rooted in the relativistic nature of our society, which has sadly influenced many who profess to be Christians. Our culture is saturated with the idea that all belief systems are equally valid. This is the end result of man believing that he is the final arbitrator of truth. People who express disagreement with the religions of others may even be considered arrogant and bigoted.

          The idea that all religions lead to God is logically untenable, since they contradict each other. Furthermore, the religions of this world do not even claim to serve the God of the Bible. Regardless of what belief system that one espouses, he or she will inevitably be making a truth claim. Intolerance of opposing views is simply a consequence of being consistent with a given worldview.

          Christianity is unique among the world religions in that the message of salvation it presents is by God's grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Others teach salvation to be merited in part on the basis of human efforts. Christianity is the only religion which posits a realistic view of our sinful nature. The Judeo-Christian worldview is unique in that its God desires to have a personal relationship with man and is Trinitarian.

           The gospel is available to all who call upon the name of the Lord. Nobody deserves to inherit the kingdom of God, since we have all sinned against Him. Christianity is inclusive in that the atonement of Jesus Christ is applied to all who believe on His name for salvation. Christianity is exclusive in that it presents Christ as being the only way to obtaining fellowship with God.

           If the religions of the world are right, then it follows that Christianity is false (1 Corinthians 15:12-20). If there are multiple ways to salvation, then the gospel itself becomes redundant. Thus, we see that this pluralistic reasoning is actually a threat to the Christian faith. No compromise or negotiation is permissible on this matter.

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