Many Ways to God or Many Errors in the Name of Religion?

The world’s religions have different ideas of divinity, different answers to the what, why and hows of human existence and salvation, and exhort people to believe different things. It has been popular amongst some to claim that there are many ways to God. But even that statement has no meaning if we don’t know what we mean by “God”.

The world’s religions and mystical philosophies constantly contradict one another on every important point. For example:

  • Eastern religions teach that “everything” is God and through meditation we can come to realise our inherent divinity. Those in the Judaeo-Christian traditions believe that the creation is not part of God at all, but that God transcends His creation, as well as being present in it.
  • Islam teaches the oneness of God and denies the Trinity, while Roman Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity and the majority of protestant churches affirm the doctrine of the trinity. 
  • Buddhism teaches that the question of God’s existence is not very important – what counts is following the eightfold path for right living. It teaches that through earning merit in this life we will reincarnate to a better
    state – hopefully to a state of nothingness where no more desires exist – and therefore no more disappointments and suffering. 

  • Satanism and high-level freemasonry teach that Lucifer (Satan) is the true God we must worship, while to most people Satan is an evil enemy – not a friend. The New Age movement however, in its upper echelons embraces Lucifer as a friend, and teaches that every religion except evangelical
    Christianity (and possibly Judaism) must unite for world peace. 

  • Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other cults teach that man must work his way to acceptance with God, while evangelical Christianity teaches that salvation is a gift and can’t be earned.

    So many fundamental contradictions exist between different religions
    on every major point, yet many want to believe that many if not all religions
    are all ultimately ways to God. But what kind of “God” would change his
    mind about who He is and what He wants from us? Only some kind of imaginary
    wishy-washy, confused, schizophrenic deity, unworthy of our worship, would
    think like that. So why should we? Away with this nonsense about
    the inherent unity of all religions. Any religious movement which claims
    this, such as the Bahai faith, has already separated itself from any other
    religious movement in order to maintain its distinctive doctrines anyway.

    If you were in Sydney, Australia and wanted to catch a train to Gordon
    station you would not just hop on any train and see where it took you.Why
    do people use that kind of approach when it comes to the things of God
    and eternity? We hear so often that “there are many ways to God”, and that
    the many world religions are like different paths scaling the same mountain.
    But if that is so, then the God at the top of the mountain must be a liar
    – because He would be making a lot of paths which teach contradictory
    things about who He is, why we have problems, what the remedy is and what
    we should do about it.

    Jesus Christ said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes
    to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6). These are not popular words in today’s
    pluralistic culture. But then again, Jesus Christ was not seeking to win
    a popularity contest. He said it because He knew it was true. He backed
    up his claims by many miracles and by rising from the dead.

    Satan would have people believe that Christianity is a hate religion
    because it will not surrender its claim to be exclusively true. This may
    be true of religions which spread through physical violence and oppression,
    but it cannot be true of a religion that teaches us to love our enemies,
    and to do good to those who hate us (Matthew 5:44ff).

    Christians are called to love those who disagree with us. We are not
    called to compromise our faith in Jesus Christ, or to deny His claims to
    be the only way to God (John 14:6), but we are called to love others. Love
    does no harm to a neighbour. Forms of religion which require violence,
    persecution, oppression and so on to survive are in contradiction with
    the spirit of Christ.

    Just because the Bible claims something does not logically make it right.
    If we can find answers that make better sense elsewhere – answers that
    have historically valid roots and are existentially livable, then perhaps
    Christianity is not all it is claiming to be. But before we jump to that
    conclusion, let us check out some things.

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