What about other religions?
What about other religions? Are they true ways to know God? How can I
In the end, those who seek after the truth will have to answer this
question for themselves, because for each individual, what he or she
really means by the question will be different. Many people, of course,
say that other religions besides Christianity are “different paths to the
same end.” This is a very attractive philosophy, but it is also totally
opposed to logic, reason and common sense.
Why is this? The different world religions contain beliefs and claims
which are absolutely incompatible with one another. For example:
1. Hinduism has many gods (is polytheistic), while Christianity has only
one God (is monotheistic).
2. Buddhism includes a belief that “God” and nature are basically
coexistent–that humans are a manifestation of divinity (this is known as
pantheism), while Christianity teaches that humans are individual separate
creations of a personal God.
3. Islam claims that Jesus is more or less on par with the other prophets,
and that he definitely did not die on a cross for salvation of souls. It
is absolutely impossible to take the deity of Jesus and his salvation out
of Christianity and even begin to maintain its essence.
4. Buddhists, Hindus and others claim that our destiny after death is to
come back to experience another life (reincarnation), while the Bible
claims that “man is destined to die once, and after that to face
judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27).
Of course, hundreds of examples like these could be listed. The bottom
line is that two religious systems which have opposite views on such basic
ideas as who God is and what man’s relationship to God is cannot be “two
parallel paths to the same end.” Logically, opposite viewpoints cannot
both be correct. To bury this obvious truth under a deceptive ecumenical
concept is to agree to the most obvious of lies.
Therefore those who seek the truth must investigate Christianity as well
as Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Islam, Confucianism, Mormonism, Hinduism or
whatever “ism” carefully to decide which, if any are true. The history of
mankind tells us without a doubt that through human reason, we cannot find
the truth. Therefore, the truth, if it is to be found at all, can only be
discovered through revelation from deity.
A few question which one can ask when looking at the scriptures of various
religions (and whether or not a particular teaching is true can only be
ultimately be decided by learning/reading that teaching!!!) might include
the following, which are marks of inspiration;
1. Is the teaching consistent within itself?
2. Does the teaching work in the lives of those who actually follow it?
3. Are there internal marks of inspiration, such as fulfilled prophecy and
4. Is what is contained in the scripture accurate when compared to what we
know from other disciplines such as science and history?
5. Is the revelation confirmed by supernatural events which occurred in
concordance with its being revealed?
Careful study will reveal that the answer in every case with Christianity
and Judaism is yes, while with scriptures of all the other well-known
world religions are missing most or all the marks of inspiration.
The purpose of this answer is to give the reader food for thought and for
their own further study. Good luck!
An excellent book which the reader may want to use in connection with this
question is “True and Reasonable” by Douglas Jacoby, available through
Illumination Publishers International at www.ipibooks.com.