All Roads Lead to Rome?

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Q. Aren’t all religions basically the same, teaching us to do good? Isn’t it simply everyone looking at God from his cultural perspective, like the proverbial blind men and the elephant?

A. No, all roads do NOT lead to Rome, only those surrounding Rome. And while we are all limited by our culture and knowledge, the blind men and the elephant is a false analogy, as God had revealed Himself to us and we are NOT blind and can see:

Rom 1:19-20 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

God has revealed Himself to men, through His creation (general revelation), and His word the Bible (special revelation). Everything has been made plain, clearly seen and understood, so that people are without excuse. When they refuse to accept, they are suppressing the truth by their wickedness (Rom 1:18). It is an act of the will, not out of ignorance.

All religions are NOT basically the same. Some are non-theistic e.g. pure Buddhism; some polytheistic e.g. Taoism, Mormonism; and some pantheistic e.g. Hinduism, New Age etc. Only Christianity, Judaism and Islam are monotheistic. And among them only Christians believe in the triune God.

The way of salvation is also very different. All religions teach men to do good to earn God’s approval i.e. the way of works, by self effort. Only Christianity tells people no matter how hard you try, your best efforts are not good enough. Our righteous acts are like filthy rags, and our sins sweep us away (Isa 64:6). The only way to be reconciled to God is by grace through faith in His Son Jesus Christ. No one comes to the Father except through Him (Jn 14:6).

Don’t get fooled by generalities that seemed true but are in fact false. They only provide people an excuse not to face the truth. You owe it to yourself to find out what’s real, reliable, and trustworthy. Don’t be deceived.

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