Thursday, April 09, 2015

Do All Religions Lead to God?

It was Jesus Christ who said, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).  To some these words are offensive and to others they are downright unbelievable.  How can one hold to such a view?  Doesn't it make more sense to believe that all religions lead to God?  I have argued extensively that this view is false here; [1] however, in this post I just want to demonstrate that the view that all religions lead to God is necessarily false.  This means that there is no way this view is true.

This claim violates the law of non-contradiction that says contradictory claims cannot both be true at the same time in the same sense.  For example, God can’t be personal (Christianity) and impersonal (Hinduism) at the same time.  Jesus either died on the cross and rose again (Christianity) or He did not (Islam).  Jesus was the Messiah (Christianity) or He wasn’t (Judaism).  Jesus was the eternally existing One who made all things (Christianity) or He was a created being who was the spirit brother of Lucifer (Mormons).

Since various religions teach contradictory things, all religions cannot be true. Religious pluralism (the belief that all religions are true) violates the law of non-contradiction and is therefore necessarily false. 

Religions disagree on virtually every major issue, including the nature of god, the nature of man, sin, salvation, heaven, hell and creation and it is the differences that matter!

If you are interested in investigating which religion, if any, is true, I encourage you to start with Christianity because it is the only religion, according to the Apostle Paul (1 Cor. 15:14), that is historically testable.  Either Jesus rose from the dead or He did not.  If He did, we have good reason to believe Christianity is true.  If He didn't, then Christian faith is useless.  You can investigate the resurrection
here or here.

Courage and Godspeed,

1. J. Warner Wallace has written an outstanding article on this topic here.

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