This is a question that many are asking today and it deserves an honest answer. “Do all paths lead to God?” Yes and No.
Another is: “Why are there so many religions?” That is kinda like asking why are there so many trees? One answer could be – like answering a three year old – just because. But that answer does not satisfy older folks who are looking for real answers.
Atheists today are pulling out all the stops to try and confuse people by presenting such questions as, “If God is so powerful, can He dig a hole so deep He can’t get out of it?” The answer is, “He could if He wanted to!”
But a Holy God does not deal in such trivia. But the trivia of our lives is very important to Him because He loves all of His creation and His creatures – big and small. God deals in lives – good and pure – wrong and evil – broken and restored. But do all paths lead to God? Yes, in a way they do… in the end.
Dr. Charles Stanley is not only a well recognized name in the ministry of God here in Atlanta but all over the US and beyond.
He has been the pastor of First Baptist of Atlanta for longer than most of these new questioners have been alive. In a recent sermon that he preached both on Atlanta live TV, but also to his congregation, he spoke about the dangers of false teachers. You must know who you are asking; and by what authority they speak.
He ended his sermon notes with: “Our culture is more and more open to spiritual ideas that do not align with the Word of God, and hostile to ones that do (2 Tim. 4:3-4). That’s why it’s important for Christians to know what they believe, and also why they believe it. Know biblical truth, seek to live by it, and stay in close fellowship with Jesus Christ. With the right preparation, you will be less likely to fall prey to spiritual predators.” Read the rest of his sermon here:
After realizing that some people just want to ask what they think are questions with impossible answers, and after we realize that there are many false teachers abounding, we must then realize if we want to know about God then we must go to His Word – not the word of unbelievers There were many skeptics in Jesus’ day as well. Often the nay-sayers tried to trap Him. He almost always answered them with scripture.
There is another web site called: “Got questions?org.”
Below is an excellent outline found at http://www.gotquestions.org/so-many-religions.html which answers the questions:
“Why are there so many religions? Do all religions lead to God?”
Answer: The existence of so many religions and the claim that all religions lead to God without question confuses many who are earnestly seeking the truth about God, with the end result sometimes being that some despair of ever reaching the absolute truth on the subject. Or they end up embracing the universalist claim that all religions lead to God. Of course, skeptics also point to the existence of so many religions as proof that either you cannot know God or that God simply does not exist.
Romans 1:19-21 contains the biblical explanation for why there are so many religions. The truth of God is seen and known by every human being because God has made it so. Instead of accepting the truth about God and submitting to it, most human beings reject it and seek their own way to understand God. But this leads not to enlightenment regarding God, but to futility of thinking. Here is where we find the basis of the “many religions.”
Many people do not want to believe in a God who demands righteousness and morality, so they invent a God who makes no such requirements.
Many people do not want to believe in a God who declares it impossible for people to earn their own way to heaven. So they invent a God who accepts people into heaven if they have completed certain steps, followed certain rules, and/or obeyed certain laws, at least to the best of their ability.
Many people do not want a relationship with a God who is sovereign and omnipotent. So they imagine God as being more of a mystical force than a personal and sovereign ruler.
The existence of so many religions is not an argument against God’s existence or an argument that truth about God is not clear. Rather, the existence of so many religions is demonstration of humanity’s rejection of the one true God.
Mankind has replaced Him with gods that are more to their liking. This is a dangerous enterprise. The desire to recreate God in our own image comes from the sin nature within us—a nature that will eventually “reap destruction” (Galatians 6:7-8).
Do all religions lead to God? Actually they do. All but one leads to His judgment.
Only one—Christianity—leads to His forgiveness and eternal life.
No matter what religion one embraces, everyone will meet God after death (Hebrews 9:27).
All religions lead to God, but only one religion will result in God’s acceptance, because only through His salvation through faith in Jesus Christ can anyone approach Him with confidence.
The decision to embrace the truth about God is important for a simple reason: eternity is an awfully long time to be wrong. This is why right thinking about God is so critical ~~~~~
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