Are all religions the same?

I tend to agree with C. S. Lewis who wrote that he feels he has more in common with a person of another religion who truly believes and is truly devoted than with a nominal Christian. A nominal Christian after all is not a Christian.

Nevertheless to claim that all religions are the same simply cannot hold true. It is just not possible. Just look at what different religions teach about God, eternity, sin, salvation, afterlife, heaven, hell, creation and those are but a few. The Lord Jesus Christ says, “I am the way, the truth and the life; nobody comes to the Father except through me.” That nobody includes Mary, Joseph, Peter, Paul and everybody within and outside Christianity. Saint Paul makes the same claim about Christ: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” You may reject this, and no doubt many do, but for a Christian this is nonnegotiable.

The above two statements brings Christianity in direct confrontation with others religions which stake the same claim i.e. that their way leads men and women to God.

Who is right? We must make choices: “We can all be wrong but we cannot all be right.” Furthermore, “He who believes everything believes nothing.” Some boast about being broadminded when all they are is being ill-informed. As somebody pointed out, “It is not that people don’t know anything it is just that they know a lot which is not true.” And that all religions are the same is just not true; just not tenable.

While I too probably know a lot of things that are just not true; and know these things without harm being done to me; this does not hold true when it comes to the eternal

The old Bible College from whence my quest began…

destiny of my soul. I dare not be wrong! Are the claims of the Lord Jesus Christ and his followers really true? Saint John, another disciple says this of the Lord Jesus Christ, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.”

“Truth can be investigated”! And from the beginning of my life as a Christian this is what I set out to do; through deeds great or small to prove that the claims and promises of the Bible are true.  I had no interest in a godless religion, where prayers prayed in meaningless rituals promised no answers. I wanted a God to whom I could relate. I wanted to walk and talk with Him. He would listen to my prayers and answer me in one form or another. I wanted more than just a God who let it rain on the just and on the unjust. I longed for a God who was personal and showed me in a multitude of ways, large or small, that he loved me. I wanted nothing less than to know that God was both real and personal. The irony is that the quest was impossible without the help of God Himself. God needed to do something for me before I could do something for Him.

Frank

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