The first time I heard a phrase “all religions worship the same God and all religions lead to the same God,” I was a college student attending an Eastern Religions class.
I was studying Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. The professor made a statement that he had been a “Christian” his entire life and still identified himself as a Christian. However, through years of studying different religions, he became convinced that people from different religions essentially worship the same God, but in different ways…
He also said that those Christians who preach that the only way to God is through Jesus Christ, are “intolerant, bigoted, close-minded, and primitive” in their way of thinking… Did I miss any other labels? “Brainwashed?” Having a “pea-sized” brain?
I’ve been called all of the above names… However, the purpose of this post is not to try to prove to anyone that believers in Jesus are not any of these labels. This is simply my explanation of how my belief that Christianity is the only true religion does not make me an “intolerant” individual.
If simply my BELIEF makes me a bigoted and an intolerant individual. My belief. My faith. So be it…
On one hand, as a born-again Christian, I agree with the statement that “all roads lead to the same God.” What do I mean by that? The Bible teaches that all people will stand before God. Whether you are an atheist, Muslim, Jehowah’s Witness, Buddhist, etc – ALL roads lead to the same God.
However, I disagree with the statement that “all religions worship the same God.”
So, I guess, that does puts me into the same category of “intolerant, bigoted, etc.” Christians who believe that there is only one way to eternity with God: Jesus.
Or we are simply “brainwashed” individuals, who believe in a book made up of fairy tales. A book written by mere men in order to control the masses. Because in this book we find passages like John 14:6, where Jesus answers this question: How do we know the way? He answers, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Does our belief that Jesus is the ONLY way to God make us “unloving Christians who do not accept other religious views?”
“Tolerance” has become the latest buzz-word. We are under pressure to “to accept the feelings, behavior, or beliefs of (someone).” The Bible teaches us the same concept: “Love endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).
However, what “tolerance” turned into is the belief that all truth is relative. We are bombarded with messages that everyone’s beliefs, lifestyle, and perception of truth claims are equal. We are told that all truth is relative.
How can that be? Can truth be inclusive? Can one truth accept ideas or beliefs that oppose each other or cancel each other out?
“The fact, however, is that all truth is exclusive – at least to some degree – for it must exclude as false that which is not true,” states Josh McDowell in Evidence That Demands A Verdict. “If the claims of the Christian faith are true – and many people accept them as true – these people are no more intolerant for their belief than those people who accept Washington D.C as the United States capital. They are either correct or mistaken about how God has revealed Himself in the world. If they are right, then there really is no other way to God but through Christ. If they are wrong, then Christianity is false. The question of tolerance isn’t the issue. The question of truth is.”
Is all truth relative?
Dr. Norman Geisler shows the absurdity of this belief: “It would mean that Billy Graham is telling the truth when he says, ‘God exists,’ and Madalyn Murray O’Hare is also right when she claims, ‘God does not exist.’ But these two statements cannot both be true. If one is true, then the other is false. And since they exhaust the only possibilities, one of them must be true.” Read more: Any Absolutes? Absolutely!
Christianity’s claims are in clear contrast to any other religion in the world. The Bible leaves no doubt that Jesus is the only salvation for humankind. There is no other hope and no other way of reconciliation with God than through Jesus Christ.
When one of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, was pressured by the Jewish religious leaders to explain his actions, he said: “Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:10-12).
Evaluate the claims of Christianity on your own. You will see that a clear choice emerges from those claims. “Jesus Christ is either the answer for all people, at all times, and in all places, or He is the answer for no one, at no time, and in no place. If He is only a psychological crutch for some people, this does not make Him the necessary object of faith for all people. And, conversely, if Jesus is Lord and God, then this fact does not cease to be true simply because someone chooses not to believe it” (McDowell).
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