If I wanted to drive from my home in Houston to Midland, out in west Texas, where I used to live, I’d have lots of options. There’s really no one best way to go. I could head west on I-10 through San Antonio before cutting north. Or I could head due north out of Houston all the way to Dallas on I-45 before taking I-20 west all the way to Midland.
And that’s just the interstate routes. The secondary highways offer endless options. Every member of my family could choose a different way to travel and we’d all end up in Midland within a few hours of each other. Different paths, same destination.
True if you want to get from Houston to Midland. Not so true if you want to get to God.
The Lie of Religious Pluralism
Unfortunately, the world embraces “religious pluralism.” This lie teaches that all paths lead to God, that all religions are equally valid ways to approach Him, and that no one religion has the monopoly on truth.
It all sounds very inclusive, very tolerant, very accepting.
There’s just one problem with this philosophy. God doesn’t agree.
Just because people want something to be true or whole-heartedly believe it to be true, does not make it true. There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death (Proverbs 16:25).
The Narrow Truth of God’s Word
Only the One who is Truth can determine truth. Here’s just a sample of what God says is true:
- There is only one way. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
- There is only one name. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
- There is only one source of eternal life. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
All paths do not lead to God.
This is not my opinion. This is not simply my version of truth.
This is God’s declared truth. God’s rules. And He has every right to make the rules.
Christians who hold firm to God’s declared truth are labeled as intolerant, narrow-minded, radical, and backward.
Side with Truth
Oh believer, do not yield to the pressure of our society to conform to the lie of religious tolerance. Do not hold your tongue while people around you are dying without hope.
God asks us to share His truth. Pronounce the hope that’s in Christ alone. Share the message of life with a dying world. And so we must.
Have you ever been ridiculed for declaring God’s truth? Have you ever yielded to the “wisdom” of the world and compromised God’s truth?
For more thorough information about this topic check out these great posts:
- “Do All Roads Lead to God?” by Greg Laurie
- “Can all Paths Lead to God?” by Gordon Watson
- “Do All Roads Lead to God? The Christian Attitude Toward Non-Christian Religions by Rick Rood