Do All Religions Lead to God?
I originally posted these questions in May 2009 as part of a rather lengthy religious discussion I was involved with on Facebook with some of my friends. One of my friends had, in essence, argued that there are many paths to God even though she claimed to believe in the God of the Bible. The following was part of my response to her in an attempt to get her to think through the implications of her claim. I still think they are important things to consider if you are going to try to claim that all religions are equally valid.
1. If Christianity is equal to any other religion, why does the Bible repeatedly say there is only ONE God & ONE way to Him?
2. What about Satanic worship? Is it a legitimate religion? And if not, on what foundation can you make that claim?
3. What about polytheism (belief in many different gods)? How does it fit into the “many paths to God” belief?
4. Why are different religions contradictory to each other if they all lead to the same God?
5. Why would God create multiple religions when any one religion is essentially available to the whole world?
6. Is it illogical to think that God would punish those that choose to deny the way He set forth regardless of how “good” they are?
7. Are we trying to conform God to our finite understanding?
8. If Genesis 1:1 is true, is it not possible that the entire Bible is true?
9. If all religions are viable ways to God/heaven, who goes to hell? Does anyone go to hell? If some people go to hell, what is the standard for sending them there?
And finally (and I personally think this is the big one):
10. Why would Jesus willingly sacrifice Himself if there were other ways to God? Why would He even lower Himself and come to earth?