Do all Religions Lead to God?
The question about world religions gets mixed with the nature of truth and logic. Can two people say two different things and both be right. They can both be wrong but logically they cannot be right. Jesus made a very exclusive statement when he uttered the words: "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me" (John 14:6).
Many religious leaders have made and continue to make many claims about how we can connect to God. Jesus made a very exclusive statement when he uttered the words: "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me" (John 14:6).
Jesus made a very exclusive statement when he uttered the words: "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me" (John 14:6).
Either he was telling the truth or he was not. The question about whether all religions can lead to God was covered so well in my friend, Andy Steiger's resource, The Thinking Series. Here is a link to it and a preview of The Thinking Series:
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Here are some books I recommend on the topic:
Jesus Among Other Gods - Ravi Zacharias. Ravi is at his finest as he compares the claims of Jesus (and Christianity) against other world religions. There are plenty of classic Ravi stories and the cutting logic that has made this apologist's legacy so inspiring.
Jesus Among Secular Gods - Vince Vitale and Ravi Zacharias. As a follow-up to his previous book with a similar title, Ravi teamed up with one of my old Oxford profs and delivers a scathing critique of secularism. The light of Christianity shines through each chapter in this excellent book.
Reason for God - Tim Keller. This is a fantastic overall apologetic from a seasoned pastor who has engaged with and reached skeptics in New York for decades. His work on dismantling secularism and world religions is clear throughout the entire book.
On this topic, I also recommend anything by Dr. Gary Habermas who has done extensive work on the resurrection of Jesus.
The Bottom Line
While it is important to know what all religions believe, to me, the whole discussion about religions should start with Jesus. Christianity is testable. You can prove it true or false based on evidence.
Much has been said about what evidence leads us to the truth of the resurrection. The question now is, to what does the truth of the resurrection lead us? Let's look briefly at two of the significant implications that the empty tomb has for us today.
1. Jesus is God
One of the reasons that God would pull off such an astounding miracle as the resurrection is to put his stamp of approval on the work of his son. The Father would not have raised a heretic from the dead. As we discussed earlier, the crucifixion of Jesus, the man who claimed to be the Jewish Messiah, would have seemed like a total failure to those who witnessed it. From their perspective, no Messiah dies. Certainly, no Messiah dies at the hands of his enemies. It is not always obvious to us humans which figures are worth following. Sometimes in history, God has to back up that person with a few miracles. In the case of Jesus’ resurrection, it was the greatest miracle. The resurrection shows Jesus’ authority as a teacher, a prophet, a king, and for those who had been waiting so long for his coming, the Messiah.
2. Jesus Was Right
Jesus was often questioned about many topics. If the resurrection shows that he was God, then it also shows us that he was telling us the truth. If you witness an argument, and one person has the title of “God” as his credential, that is what we call an “authority on the subject.” Jesus considered the Old Testament as words from God. They must be taken seriously. Jesus challenged the religious leaders and told them he was bringing in a new way to relate to God, not by a change in deeds, but a change in heart. He must be right there, also. Jesus promised life to the full for all who follow him (John 10:10). He promised eternal life to all who believe in him (John 3:16). Jesus said he was the only way to God (John 14:6). It doesn’t matter whether these truths suit our preferences; the resurrection tells us that he was, and still is, completely right.
If Jesus was both God and right, we need to take what he said about being the only way to God seriously (John 14:6). If someone says something different, logic tells us that no matter how sincere or committed they are, they cannot be right.
That's one way I address the topic of world religions.