Do all religions lead to God?
Todayís Question: If someone came to you and said that there are
many ways to God: the Muslims believe in God, the Hindus believe in God,
Jehovah Witnesses believe in God, the Mormons believe in God, and most all
religions believe in God. They say as long as you are good you will all
arrive in heaven some day. They claim God is merciful and He will not let
those that are good go to hell, even if they do not accept Jesus as Lord and
Savior, what would your answer be, since they also say we are not to judge?
One day I was using a map, attempting to find our
hotel. I knew it was on a certain street, so I finally found the street on
the map. Thinking I knew where it was, I proceeded to head to it, when I
quickly realized I was lost. None of the streets seemed familiar with my
map. I pulled out my map again and found the street, but the streets and
landmarks on the map were so different than what was actually all around me.
I was deeply puzzled. As I looked carefully at the map again, I realized I
was looking at the wrong city. I was way off from my target.
You know the same has happened with religion. People think they know
where they are going, when in reality they have a wrong map. A map is the
way people view life. If the map is wrong, then the direction of their lives
will be wrong. Iím sure, as sincere as people are, they are often sincerely
Many people claim that all roads lead to God. That is as foolish as
saying that all roads lead to Dallas, Texas. Jesus taught just the opposite
of the concept of all roads leading to God. Jesus made His comment about the
road that leads to God:
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the
road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is
the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
Instead of many roads leading to eternal life, Jesus said there is only
one road to God and even that road is narrow. People have an erroneous
understand of God, much less, an understanding of the road to get to God.
Sure, nearly every religion claims to believe in some sort of being called
God. But do they have the right God? If they are headed to a wrong concept
of God, then how will they ever arrive at finding Him?
If you had never seen me before and I told you to meet me at a certain
location, you would want to know where I am and what I look like. The same
is true for finding God. You need to know the road He set for us to find Him
and what He is like. Jesus said, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the
Father." (John 14:9) Jesus claims to look like God. Not only does Jesus tell
us what God is like, but He claims to be the road to reach God.
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes
to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
This is a bold statement. You must understand what Jesus meant by this.
He did not mean that His teaching would lead you to God. You see
Mohammed claimed to be the greatest and last prophet, but he did not claim
to be the person that you must go through to be saved. He claimed that his
teaching, if you obeyed it, might save you. Jesus was not referring
to his teaching but His person. Jesus as a person is the way, the
truth and the life. There is something totally unique about Jesus, compared
to prophets or philosophers like Buddha. Prophets and philosophers believe
in their teaching. Yet Jesus believed in who He was! So who is Jesus?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God
did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the
world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever
does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in
the name of Godís one and only Son. (John 3:16-18)
Jesus is Godís only begotten Son. Which means, that just as a son
inherits the nature of the Father, so Jesus has the full nature of God,
which would make him equal to God. In other words, Jesus is part of the
Godhead. In theological terms, He is the second person of the Trinity. When
Adam and Eve sinned, all of their offspring inherited the sin nature. That
would include every human being. Since Jesus is not part of the offspring of
the human race, Jesus did not inherit the sin nature. Instead, he came to
suffer and take the sin nature on Himself so we could inherit His nature.
This is what the previous verses are saying. God wanted to save the
world, because He loved it. To save the world God would have to provide a
sacrifice for sins. This is what God was talking to Moses about when He
commanded him to make sacrifices for the sins of the people. The entire book
of Leviticus, written by Moses, is devoted to the sacrificial system.
Through the blood of animals peopleís sins would be covered. This system was
a shadow of the reality of Christí sacrifice at the cross. It was the road
map God had given us to find Him. Through His sacrifice and shedding of His
blood, Jesus was able to pay for our sins, so that God could legally forgive
So when people say that all roads lead to God, they usually discount the
need for Christ to pay for their sins. They think their deep repentance or
sorrow for sins is enough for God to forgive them. They think they can
become good people. Yet the Bible says, "There is no one righteous, not even
oneÖThere is no one who does good, not even one" (Rom 3: 10, 12).
For example, a Muslim tries to live devoted to God, but he does not
accept the sacrifice of Christ. If he does not accept the payment for his
sins, then no amount of personal sacrifice will be enough to atone for his
sins. He cannot be consider righteous in Godís sight by his devoted life.
This is also true for a Jew or Hindu. For anyone to reject the sacrifice for
their sins is for them to reject Godís offer for forgiveness. And as the
previous verse says, "Whoever does not believe stands condemned already
because he has not believed in the name of Godís one and only Son."
Concerning Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses, they claim to represent the
Christian religion, but they reject Jesus as the second person of the
Godhead. They do not believe He is God in the flesh. Paul said concerning
pseudo-Christian sects like this: "So also these men oppose the truthómen of
depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected" (2 Tim
At this point, some people will say that I am judging. The truth is, I am
simply pointing out what the true Judge has said: "Moreover, the Father
judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son" (John 5:22). Jesus
is the judge that God has appointed who will judge the whole world. Everyone
will stand for judgment in the end, and guess Who will be judging you? "For
we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ"(2 Cor 5:10). The One
who will be seated on the bench with the gavel is Christ. He will judge you
regarding how you responded to Him. If you accept His payment for your sins
and make Jesus your Lord, then you will have the Judge on your side.
As you can tell, Tony, I do not believe all roads lead to God!
If you have been convinced of your need to accept Christ then I want you
to pray this prayer out loud:
"Dear God in heaven, in the name of Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner
and need a Savior. I know You have sent your only begotten Son, Jesus
Christ, to die for my sins. I accept the full payment for my sins. I repent
from the life I have been living, and I now make Jesus the Lord of my life.
Thank you, Dear God, for saving my soul. I now know I will make it to
This prayer is only the beginning. You need to attend a good
Get baptized as soon as possible, and get filled with the
Holy Spirit. I wish you
the best in your walk with God.
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