Apologetic Wednesday: Many Paths to God?
Six blind gurus approach an elephant and each describes what they experience. The first feels the tusk and believes it to be a spear. One holds the tail, thinking it is a rope. Another feels the side, assuming it is a wall. Another guru leans against a leg and states it is a tree with strange bark. One is frightened upon feeling the trunk and thinks it is a snake. The last one grabs an ear and believes it is a fan.
The six gurus experience the same object differently. Each interprets what they experienced in their own way. Some make the assertion that maybe we experience the same reality differently, just as these gurus did. They would have us believe that the Jew, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, and Hindu all experience God in their own unique way. All roads up the mountain lead to the same peak. All religions are basically the same.
Can this way of thinking be true? As a basic level, many differing religions and worldviews appear to be similar. Many promote love, worship, and selflessness, but as one digs deeper any similarities quickly dissolve. One notices fast that there are competing claims for truth that contradict one another. The different statements across the world’s religions fall into great contradiction. They all view God differently. Christianity teaches that God is eternal and personal. Hinduism embraces pantheism and states that everything is god and god is everything. Buddhism teaches that reality is nothingness and there is no god.
Christianity teaches that Jesus was God in flesh, Islam teaches that He was a prophet, and Hinduism simply incorporates Him into their pantheon of millions of gods. Each religion says something different about salvation or enlightenment, afterlife, the nature of God, sin, evil, suffering, etc.
One must be willing to commit intellectual suicide to embrace the idea that all religions are fundamentally the same. To posit this idea is an injustice to all religions because it shows how little one has studied the beliefs of each. This plurality of belief gets knocked down by the Law of Noncontradiction (something cannot be both true and not true at the same time and in the same context) every single time. This is simply how the furniture of the universe is arranged, and it cannot be avoided.
Now, one might concede that it is possible for all religions to be wrong, but they certainly cannot all be right. This is why it is incredibly important to seek truth and see where the preponderance of evidence lies. I firmly believe that it is Christianity that best corresponds with reality when one examines the evidence across the many different disciplines of study.
The blind gurus should not have been so quick to make assumptions. They should have stepped back, explored further, and tested the way they interpreted reality. Their assumptions actually lead them to a false belief. Had they continued to seek the truth they would have realized the greater truth instead of settling on their initial understanding.
Jesus claimed, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He left no room open for other paths to God. Either you accept the way that Christ offers or you don’t.
Walk good. Live wise. Be blessed.
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