In a book by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale, Jesus Among Secular Gods, it’s pointed out that a common saying in the world is totally false. I’ve heard it a number of times. It’s been told to me with passion and with a positive tone to it. Saying it with certainty doesn’t make it true, however.
That statement: All paths lead to God, really sounds good. But it’s false. In some ways I wish it were true. I hate to see people so confused and ill informed. Only one path leads us to God. Lies, false information, is so prevalent in the religious world of ideas. Christianity claims truth, and that it is the only way to the Father. Jesus reveals an intimate relationship that is flourishing and life giving when He says: “Now this is eternal life that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
Sadly, the major religions speak nothing of being led to the Father. Hinduism speaks of becoming one with the great whatever. It’s explained like a drop of water being joined to the ocean. You lose your identity becoming a non-person. Buddhism is atheistic in nature. No hope there.
In Islam Allah has little to do with its adherents, and afterlife is supposedly eternal bliss of a carnal nature. Men have virgins to fulfill their desires beside a vine under a fig tree. It’s unclear what women have or become. Are they the love slaves of the men?
All paths lead to God? That’s fake news. Christianity teaches, “There is salvation in one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). May we teach the truth to as many as we can before it’s too late—forever. Charles Bishop