I live on the West Coast of British Columbia in Canada. In North America and in the Pacific Northwest in particular, there is a vast amount of people who consider themselves “spiritual.” Furthermore, in a country that is very multi-cultural and multi-religious, there is a growing belief that all of these religions can be true.
The question “Are All Religions True?” is also stated as “Do All Religions Lead to God?” or “Isn’t There Multiple Paths to Heaven?” It is important to note that this question assumes, firstly, that God exists. Secondly, it also assumes that if God exists, He can be reached.
How Did We Come To This Belief?
Many different people are immigrating to Canada from all around the world. When they arrive here, they are bringing not only their customs and culture, but their religious beliefs as well. They set up their mosques, synagogues, temples, and churches. They move into our neighbourhoods, work with us, and we get to know them well. This is not a bad thing. Many people in our time know of at least someone in one of the major world religions. They meet a nice Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, or Christian and want to be tolerant of all of their friends’ beliefs. Therefore, in order to not cause controversy we often hear the statement “that belief is true for you, but it’s not true for me.” This seems very tolerant, loving, and accepting because it assumes that both can be right and neither belief is wrong.
Do All Religions Lead To God?
I must admit, even asking this question comes from an Evangelical Christian point of view (though there are non-Christians asking it). For centuries, Christianity was the dominant religion in North America and this is why this question is still asked by non-Christians today.
Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus would find this question somewhat irrelevant. Without getting into every detail of every major world religion’s belief, a brief example would be: the Hindus who believe that everything is God; therefore, there’s no belief in Heaven to which they will go when they die. Furthermore, Buddhists believe that there is no God; therefore, there’s no God in Heaven to be reached. Lastly, Islam believes that God is so holy that He cannot be reached.
Can All Religions Be True?
It is interesting to note that most of the people who are stating that all religions are true are people who are not a part of any major world religion at all. Why is that? Why is it that only the “spiritual” people believe all religions can be true? I would say that the reason for this is because each major world religion believes that theirs is the correct one. Some religions may believe that there are truth aspects to other religions; however, they believe ultimate truth rests in their belief (or else they wouldn’t hold to that belief).
It is logically possible that all religions are false. It is possible that they could all be mistaken and none of them are true. This would not be logically contradictory.
It is logically possible that one religion is true and the rest are false. It would not be logically impossible to assume that there is one who got it right & the rest are mistaken or simply wrong because of other reasons (i.e. made up by humans, selfish motives, corrupted beginnings, etc.)
It is not logically possible that all religions are true. The moment that one religion claims to be ultimate truth and the only truth, it rules out the possibility of others being ultimately true as well. The reason for this is because their belief does not allow for others to be true in the exclusive sense. If one is claiming that God is a real, personal, and a separate deity while the others are not, there is a logical contradiction. If one is claiming that God can be reached and the others are not, there is a logical contradiction. For example, Christianity itself does not assume that Islam, Hinduism, or Buddhism can be true.
Furthermore, to those who believe that all religions are true… what if I created a religion? Would it be true as well? It would seem preposterous wouldn’t it? I clearly made it up & there’s no way that it’s true because you know I made it up. Maybe it is meaningful to me, but that’s not what is important. What’s important is what is true?
I believe that Christianity is true for a number of reasons. Jesus claimed to be more than a good guy (Mark 10:17–18). Jesus said He is God, not just the best option of the multiple gods (John 10:30–33). Jesus did not merely claim to know the truth; He claimed to be the truth (John 14:6). The thing about Jesus is that He is exclusive in that He is the only way; He is inclusive in that anyone can come to Heaven through Him. By these claims, Jesus is not opening up religious pluralism as a viable option. He is not saying there are many paths to God; He’s saying that He is the path to the Father.
It is not my intention to get into too many details about the exclusive claims of Christianity in this post. It is my intention to show that it is not rational or logically possible for all religions to be correct when each one is making a truth claim
Being “spiritual” may be meaningful to you, but it does not make you right. What you consider “spiritual” may contradict what someone else means when they say they are “spiritual.” Either you are both wrong or one of you is right. You cannot both be right when you are contradicting each other’s exclusive truth claims..
This is why all religions cannot be true in the sense of all reaching God & leading to Heaven. Religious pluralism cannot be objectively true.
– Tyson Bradley