Do All Religions Lead to the Same God?

Written by Michael Horner

spiritualgrowth_muslimsThere is a popular analogy used to show that all religions are valid ways to describe God. Religion professors especially love this analogy, because it equalizes all religions, making all religions equally “true” in their description of God.

The analogy is this: there are four blind men who discover an elephant. Since the men have never encountered an elephant, they grope about, seeking to understand and describe this new phenomenon.

One grasps the trunk and concludes it is a snake. Another explores one of the elephant’s legs and describes it as a tree. A third finds the elephant’s tail and announces that it is a rope. And the fourth blind man, after discovering the elephant’s side, concludes that it is, after all, a wall.

Each in his blindness is describing the same thing: an elephant. Yet each describes the same thing in a radically different way.

According to many, this is analogous to the different religions of the world–they are describing the same thing in radically different ways. Thus one should conclude that no individual religion has a corner on truth, but that all should be viewed as essentially equally valid.

If God is infinite and we are finite, it is reasonable to believe that none of us can fully capture His nature.

But does this elephant analogy demonstrate the truth that all religions lead to God? To conclude that it does would ignore several points:

  1. First, there is a fact of the matter: the elephant. What the blind men are attempting to describe is in fact an elephant, not something else. Just so, there are factual questions regarding God. “Does God even exist?” is a question of fact, much like, “Was Abraham Lincoln ever President of the United States?” If so, it would be true whether anyone believes it or not, and to deny it, one would be mistaken. Thus, not all opinions, whether concerning elephants or the nature of God, are equally true.
  2. Second, all four blind men are, in fact, mistaken. It is an elephant and not a wall or a rope or a tree or a snake. Their opinions are not equally true–they are equally, and actually false. At best, such an analogy of religious pluralism would show that all religions are false, not true.
  3. Third, and most important, the analogy does not take into account any kind of special revelation. If a fifth man were to arrive on the scene, one who could see (and who was able to demonstrate his credentials of having sight), and he were to describe the elephant as an elephant, then it would change the analogy entirely.

Jesus Christ, unique among all religious leaders of history, claimed to be such a “fifth man,” a definitive revelation of God. Many of the people who watched Jesus’ miracles and heard him speak were offended by his clear statements about his deity. “This was why [they] sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”1

Jesus however, invited us to believe in him if we want our search for God satisfied… “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”2

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  1. John 5:18
  2. John 6:35

46 Responses to “Do All Religions Lead to the Same God?”

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    HI asb, thanks for sharing your ideas about God here. I would suggest that one thing that all religions agree on is that there is a broken relationship between God and humanity. Even your recommendation to ‘just be’ insinuates that people are not connecting properly to God and need to change in order to discover the reality of God inside. The source of that broken relationship is humanity because we need to make the change in order to restore that relationship. If we are the source of the problem how can we depend on our senses to accurately discover God?

    That’s where I see the message of Jesus as fundamentally different from every other understanding of God and humanity: God did not leave it to humanity to discover Him, but instead He revealed Himself throughout human history, culminating in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen God the Father.” (John 14:9)

    Not only has God revealed Himself but He is also the one who heals the broken relationship with humanity. How could we, who are the source of the brokenness, heal the brokenness? Instead, God sacrifices Himself so that we can be reconciled to Him. All other paths to healing the brokenness between humanity and God depends on humans fixing themselves through ritual, moral purity, or enlightenment. Alternatively, Jesus is the path: we are reconciled to Him by putting our faith in what He has done on our behalf.

    The path you recommend involves putting aside all concept, belief and ideas so that you can see the meaning of God inside. How can you trust that your senses accurately behold God when your senses are the source of the brokenness with God in the first place? Are not ideas, beliefs and concepts derived from our senses?

  • asb says:

    The way I see it is very simple. In essence all religions do in fact point to the truth.. just in different ways based on different cultures and interpretations. The problem is that the “concept” of god has become so distorted in modern society “through” the concept of religion itself as an entity that as soon as the word god is mentioned there is an instant mental image attached to it.

    Now to quote, you say

    “If God is infinite and we are finite, it is reasonable to believe that none of us can fully capture His nature.”

    In the words above you say “his nature” meaning that god is a he. Im not saying you are wrong to say this i am just illustrating societal conditioning around the image the word god brings up. In fact looking at this whole statement again just shows how religion has struggled to capture or rather not even struggled, more so a creation of separation has happened somewhere along the line of “if (god) is infinite then (we) are finite” meaning this concept of god has been put on a pedestal and keeps the concept of “us” as “persons” or “humans” which are also concepts, separate.

    You also say “it is reasonable to believe” this also shows how the concept of god has lead to a “belief” about god being a “him” which is also a concept.

    Drop all concepts and beliefs and ideas and what is left?


    Even the word nothing is a concept.

    Just be.

    then you will see the meaning of god inside for yourself.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Thanks for sharing your ideas here M.J. Keegan. It is always good to interact with different ideas to see how they hold up under scrutiny. It would seem that the gods to which you refer were shortsighted by entrusting their message to fallible humans who would lose the certainty of their message over time, and then leaving them without anyway to verify their message, therefore dooming humanity to an existence of ignorance with no hope of ever getting to the true message that was given to our ancestors. That shortsightedness makes me question their wisdom and their worthiness to be called ‘god’.

    Doesn’t it make more sense that if a god was interested enough to give a message to our ancestors that was of value to our relationship with our Creator, our world, our neighbours, and ourselves, the this god would involve himself in our existence to carry that message of truth forward?

    I am also a little confused of your statement that abstract ideas are subject to infinite interpretations. There are many abstract concepts that are well grounded in truth. Just because there may be an infinite possibility of interpretations does not diminish the existence of a true interpretation. Math, for example, is pursuit of abstract ideas; when a teacher gives a math test she may receive as many different answers as there are students in the class, but that does not change the reality that there is one correct answer, and that her interpretation of the answer is the correct one.

    In this elephantine analogy, God is the elephant and wants to be known by the blind men. What better way to make himself known then to become one of us and describe Himself to us. There need not be any confusion about His nature because instead of depending on the interpretation of blind men, we can hear from ‘the elephants own mouth’ who He is and what He is like. If our knowing God was important to Him and essential for us, it makes sense to me that God would not abandon us to the fallible interpretations of fallible men but would actively participate in every level of our search for Him.

    So the question then becomes, why are there so many different religions with different ideas? The Bible says that it is because humanity does not want to submit to the authority of God and so ignore His revelation of the truth. Instead we create our own truth that satisfies our desire to be independent of God. It seems to me, that fits what we see in our world today very well.

  • M. J. Keegan says:

    This analogy is wonderful, but referring to Christ as the 5th observer who understands the entire truth is irrational and cannot be deduced. His understanding of the elephant is relative to his own interpretation. An elephant is a concrete object whereas religion is abstract. Religion’s abstract nature opens the realm of infinite interpretations. The “elephant” has become the plethora of religions we observe today as a direct result of these uncountable interpretations throughout history. How do we know which correlates to true religion?
    My opinion is that over time these religious ideas diverged from a common source and through the passing on of an ideology through customs and word of mouth skewed and branched into the diversity of world religions we observe today. If my theory is correct, as we move backwards in time we will find more and more consistencies until finally they are merged. Also, it is important to point out that religious ideology has not become more exact over time, but oppositely, it has become very abstract with little to no proof of each religions true nature. Followers cannot achieve exact answers to religious questions because our leaders today cannot provide the original interpretations of the religion’s founder. All we have are the subsequent interpretations collectively throughout time. For example when we pass things on by word of mouth certain details can be lost or translated incorrectly. The search for a religions truest doctrine comes before this divergence occurs, at it’s inception. Therefore, in order for us to find the truest interpretation of any religion is to examine the earliest interpretations or those of it’s founder.
    In my opinion, Christianity is just another interpretation of Jewish doctrine that has branched into it’s own ideology. Why do many religions branch off into New religions that base it’s tenets and ideology on the parent religion’s? This is directly related to how followers interpret the ideals and scripture.
    I believe religion first arose as man’s quest to understand where we came from. Ancient religion’s share many common creation stories and motifs. For example, many ancient religion’s attribute their very culture(language and customs) as a gift from the God’s. The interpretation of this has also skewed over time. Often we translate this as indirect in nature, that God created man’s potential to learn and discover. I believe our earliest ancestors were taught directly. It is also logical to believe that the first people knew certain things because they experienced them first hand. I believe the first people who experienced this transfer of ideas also realised a spiritual epiphany. The world was much more vast than their previously held interpretation of the world they live in. However, this knowledge now unlocked a new door of mystery that asked the question. Why?
    I believe as time passed on from this point in history, more and more interpretations were passed on to New generations of people. This process deviated religion over time thus diversifying and losing it’s original message.
    Originally, religion began as a quest to understand why the gods taught us what they did and how this intertwined us with them. We may never know these answers because the gods no longer exist in our world. The subsequent interpretations over time have created doubt to whether or not they actually, physically existed. I believe that if we could ask our ancestors, they would be much more certain. The complex ideologies of religions and the personification of deities seems like a lot to believe for someone from antiquity based on solely interpretations passed down. I strongly believe that in order for a religion to take root and flourish it must be widely accepted that something profound and concrete happened in the past.
    In the generations that followed the actual witnesses, the interpretations became more and more abstract. These people had little concrete evidence to go on, and over time questioned it’s doctrine. Some claimed divinity in order to separate themselves as true interpreters of religion, while others added and removed pieces to make their own. It is logical to induce that religion will continue to diversify and become more abstract, until we collectively agree that somewhere along the way someone mistakenly identified the elephant as something it isn’t.

  • Susan says:

    Krishna & Sai,

    Thank you for asking.

    No all the religions lead to the same God. Religion/s are man made. There is only one true living God. That is Jesus Christ. Religion cannot take you and me anywhere but the relation can- relation with Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Mike, you sound a little cynical :) Can I assume from your statement that you do believe that all religions lead tot he same God? Or is there something else you are wanting to communicate? You certainly are welcome to post your thoughts on the subject here.

  • Mike says:

    Im going to say something nice before I tell you your wrong for not thinking like me, then provide a snazzy quote from a mammoth book so I sound smart. I believe it so should you and I can’t let you be right because I will lose my faith.

  • Goolam says:

    You’ve just disproved Christianity’s claim regarding Jesus. By saying that Jesus claimed to be a fifth man, you are clearly indicating he is NOT the elephant.

    The analogy is actually used to show something that Christians struggle to understand. We are all affected by our perspective of the truth. We are unable to comprehend God because we lack the faculty as the for men who are blind. But in forcing that understanding (father son spirit), you will misrepresent the truth entirely.

    But this is still the same God. And that’s why Muslims have used this analogy to explain our theology.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    HI Alora, I appreciate your peace-maker heart. Your desire that we all see value in our commonality and uniqueness reflects the heart of God. God has created us all to reflect His likeness and because He is limitless, there is great diversity within the unity of His nature. I am sure that you would agree though, that in the vastness of the nature of God, there are things that He is not. Have you observed any religious practices/traditions that do not match with the character of God? I am sure you are familiar with some of the religious practices of the nations in which the Old Testament people lived amongst. There were the fertility rituals of Baal and Asherah which included ritual prostitution. The worship of Molech, the god of fire, included child sacrifices. The Bible records God’s abhorrence of those practices and of the religious systems where those were prevalent. I am sure that you would agree those religious practices were misdirected, and, in the case of the child sacrifice, evidence of an evil system. If we were to look at other religious practices we could find other rituals and teachings that we could identify as not reflecting the character of God at all. So would you say that all religions have a lot of things right, but a little bit wrong? What would you suggest are the essentials that are consistent in all religions that truly help us connect with God?

  • Alora says:

    Hi, I’m Alora. I was raised southern baptist. I’ve reviewed the comments above and must say, it breaks my heart to see such closed mindedness. As I’ve gotten older, I feel like the only way to believe, is to believe that we are all talking talking to the same God. That an undying faith in “the creator” will see us all through. Its a true tragedy that we argue over who is right and who is wrong. I believe that points from each religion are exactly the same (in so many words) . Everyone wants to stand around arguing about who is right, when all that is doing is bringing in negative vibes, the devil, an all consuming evil. God said to love on another, and its hard to love one another when you’re apposing everything the other person says. Throughout history, the main evils were radicals. Whether that be Muslim, Christian, Hindu, etc.; They were all RADICALS, so close minded that if you didn’t believe like them then you deserved to be damned. I think the God is sending us a sign here people. “Live in peace and harmony, and the creator will shine on you.” That’s what’s wrong with our world, someone had to be right. When in all actuality, we are probably all correct and we’re pushing each other away by arguing.

  • Chris says:

    kittycat….thanks for your post….from my perspective as a Christian if you permit me, i think its best not to think in terms of christianity being exclusive but rather to think in terms of God being one and the father of us all, designing us with his plan in mind and simply saying yes to it. the fact that Adam and eve sinned and fell out of his presence didnt mean that God gave up on us but rather spent lavishly upon us by sacrificing his own son on our behalf which can speak of nothing but love for us. in fact Acts 3 in the new testament says that God sent jesus to bless us, not to condemn us or harm us. so much war and conflict has been created over the concept of relgion. Jesús grieves as that continues today. i would suggest that you simply ask jesus to show himself to you. i know he will if you are truly honest about seeking the truth. Sincé jesus is the truth, it wont be long until you and he cross paths. blessings to you!

  • kittycat says:

    So I honestly don’t know what I think, religion-wise… but I know that Christianity’s exclusivity really bothers me. I’ve heard the argument that every group is in some way exclusive, but I just wish people could get along and at least accept others for who they are, no matter their beliefs- religious or otherwise.
    I’ve also heard the argument that we don’t need to decide- we just need to decide whether we think the Resurrection happened or not, and then either have to accept the rest or not. I personally think it’s far-fetched because I think the Bible is not entirely accurate (due to its age, time between supposed events and “publication”, authors, relaying memories a long time after events, supposed quoting of Jesus, who never wrote anything down).
    Also, why doesn’t God give a foolproof argument for him? In every so-called proof, there’s a loophole…
    And if He is planning on renewing the world, then why hasn’t he done so yet? Unless it has and we just haven’t realized yet… haha.
    And how do evolution and the big bang work out with the Bible’s teaching?

    On the flipside, if I’m to accept atheism, then where does good and “evil” come from? Is it innate? Do we copy it as children from those around us?? (This is a question for a non-Christian to answer).
    I think that’s all I can think of. For now.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Joe, thanks for joining the conversation. Is there anything from any religion that you are aware of, that indicates that God does not want us to know Him? As far as I am aware, all religions would agree that God has revealed Himself whether through some incarnation of Himself, a prophet, through those who have gone before us, or through scripture. So the analogy of the elephant breaks down because the elephant has a voice and can reveal to the four blind men what He is like. With the contradictory descriptions of God we can know that not all the religions are truly self-revelations of God. The God of the Bible cannot be a envoy of another God because He clearly says that there is no other God then Him. The Gods of other religions have equally exclusive claims. How can they all be true?

  • Joe says:

    Hello Jamie, I would like to respond to your question made to Jaime a few years ago. What if God, as read from the old testament, is simply an envoy of the impersonal force that Buddhism teaches of. What if our arrival to Heaven is also the joining of the impersonal force. What I like about the blind men analogy is that it shows how we cannot completely perceive God for what he/it is. Also, the points in the article made to dismiss the analogy have absolutely no authority. In fact the third, “most important”, point actually lends strength to the concept of all religions leading to the same god. You see, the fifth man with sight actually verifies the existence of what the other four have experienced, he just elaborates more as to the qualities of the god/elephant. A fitting analogy to show that all religions do not lead to the same god would be one in where some, if not all, of the blind men never at all come into contact with the elephant/god before the fifth with sight arrives. Also, never forget that man is fallible as taught in the Bible. To go further, the Bible itself is the work of men; so feel free to pick from it as you, yourself, see fit. To go even further, if you choose to believe Corinthians, then do not forget that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light”

  • Tom Tom says:

    C M–
    You indicate that you only believe what your senses reveal to you. That would make you a naturalist. Is that correct?

  • C M Bickford says:

    What does one tell a True Believer?To blindly accept what has been told, The Word, is the act of a fool.Following a doctrine based on Eyewitnesses and Fantastic Stories??My reality Is before me, not in some religion.

  • Chris says:

    mary f….the problem with that idea is that we have all broken the law and therefore need forgiveness. romans 3. therefore we all need to receive the only perfect sacrifice made on our behalf sent to us by God the father, his son jesus christ. praying that you receive jesus today as your personal lord and savior. romans 10.9 to 10. for more information on how to log onto or click talk to a mentor above. blessings!

  • Mary f says:

    I think everyone should just follow the law and be nice to everyone. Then itll all be fine stop discrimminating each other

  • Chris says:

    David…since isnt the God of confusión, its obvious that he wouldnt send different people to contradict themselves. one reason the bible is Gods Word is because its comprised of 66 books with 40 different inspiried authors yet no contradictions. our universal problema as humans is our sin nature and how that manifests. only in jesus christ can we be forgiven through his eternal sacrifice on our behalf and be born again into new creations in his sight.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Sorry David, WordPress has an anti-SPAM filter that puts messages that could be malicious into a pending file for a moderator to approve. Sometimes it takes a while for someone to look and see if it can be approved.

    Thanks for your participation in the conversation. It is good to be able to hear different points of view and look to see which fit reality the best. You have a unique idea that the Creator initiated all the different religions to mess with the devil; I have never heard anyone give that as the reason for all the different faiths in the world. If it were true, there should be some similarities in the fundamental understanding of the nature of God and how humanity connects with Him, because God would not be able to lie in order to accomplish His purposes. When I look at all the different religions there are many opposing presentations about the nature of God and how humanity relate to Him. Buddhism teaches that ‘God’ is an impersonal force and of which we are all apart. That is very different from what the Quran reveals about the nature of Allah, wouldn’t you say? How can both of those be true? We can’t say that God is a moral relativist who will tell lies about Himself so that He can fool the devil; that also would not fit the nature of God in many religious beliefs. To boil all religions down to a shared morality, not only perverts the foundations of all the religions, but also misrepresents the morals given in different religions. Your description of what we are to do includes caring for your partner, yet Sidhartha Guatama (Buddha) abandoned his family in order to pursue his path of enlightenment and extinguish all desire within himself. That seems contrary to what you described as living well. How can both be true?

  • David says:

    I like how my statement that I made the other night wasn’t posted. Maybe I’m wrong but I feel as if someone y’all did that personally. Don’t like the fact that I made the most sense out of religion that anyone has ever made

  • David says:

    As I’m reading down the comments I can’t help but to see the craziness of the religion. Whatever religion puts your soul at ease follow, just make sure you’re the best at your religion you can be. I’m a Muslim, I believe in Muhammad to be the final great prophet of the creator, and I believe in all of the teachings of Islam. I also believe in all of the teachings of Christianity and Judaism. Let me explain myself, because I’m sure y’all think that is an oxymoron.

    The creators is the smartest being, deity, God whatever you want to call the creator in all of the universe’s created by him/her/it. I highly believe in the Tora, Bible and Quran to be all correct in the way the beginning started. They all pretty much start off the same as the old testament. I believe that the creator knew everyone wouldn’t fallow the same religion and beliefs so he sent to them each their own prophet that fit their people. I believe the creator did this to out smart the devil. The more prophet’s the creator sends to start religion, and the more followers the creator will have leaving the devil empty handed.

    Really think yo yourself, did the creator really expect us to all follow the same religion? The creator played the devil like a fiddle. I feel as if the devil told the creator that I will attack and mislead your followers every chance I get. When the creator heard this he had to out think the devil and came up with a way we’re everyone can follow him. Think about it, all of the prophet’s from the old testament really had a religion. They just preached the word God and lived good life’s.
    So with that being said why can’t I get to heaven if I follow Noah, and do as Noah did. Why can’t I do as Abraham did and make it to heaven. If it was mandatory that we need to follow specific religion’s, the creator would’ve made Christianity in the old testament. None of the prophet’s named in the bible during the old testament had a religion. They just lived to please God. Live good, get married and love and take care of your partner, pray and give regular donation to the needy. I get a lot of crap from my fellow Muslims for saying that, but if you truly think about it, it’s the perfect plan to trick the devil. The whole time the devil thinks that Christianity, or Islam is the true way to God so he focuses on them. Not realizing that all of the other religions lead to God as well. As if GOD played a trick on the devil. Like I said I’m Muslim, but I know in my heart that Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and any other religious messenger of GOD is in paradise. That’s just me.

  • Chris says:

    phredgirlie…..thanks for your comments…i believe the greatest and most historic event of all time was the willingly laid down life of jesus christ on the cross to carry for us our sins upon himself so that by his wounds, our lives can be healed. 1 peter 2.24. we really need to stay with that event so that we never lose sight of the fact of how much it cost God our father to be able to receive us as his spiritual children. as paul mentions in galatians 2.21, if there would be any other way to approach our heavnly father, then jesus has died the most torturous death of any man who has ever lived, totally in vain. i pray you consider those words. blessings!

  • phredgirlie says:

    I agree with so many that yes it is in fact one god seen differently by many. The same faith that assures you that the only way to him is through jesus assures me that people are not damned by individual actions but the summation of thier whole. While yes the bible as it is now was written by many different men over a period of time there are many books which did not make it into the bible. Many written by women. One man decided which books to include and that was for political reasons. You cannot say that the bible has not been affected by man’s unrighteous ways, because it has. Just like god spoke to all those people who wrote about him, god speaks to us now- if youre willing to listen. And what he says to me is that “religion as you see it now is wrong, you shouldnt judge people by who they love, how they look or what name they call me by. You are ALL the chosen people and you can all have eternity by living in love.”

    It hurts my heart to see people who think that a book written by men and edited by men is incapable of error. And to use that to hurt and judge others. I do not beleive that is the path to salvation.

  • Jasstina Franklin says:

    Ok I understand….thank u very much…

  • Chris says:

    jasstina franklin….romans chapter 1 shows us how that Gods general revelation about himself would lead to the romans 2 to 4 special revelation about having faith in jesus christ. sadly, since many do not respond to the general revelation correctly, then God cannot lead them to his special revelation about his son jesus. it doesnt matter where one is raised or with what religión, any heart that seeks to want to know the true and living God will be given the message of jesus christ, one way or another. jeremiah 33.3, jeremiah 29.11 to 13. acts 10. blessings!

  • Jasstina Franklin says:

    Hai Aldo…im also a Christian…but I have many Muslim, Hindus n Chinese friends..and I would to ask you a question….earlier you said that God will not condemn you because you do not know his name…but he will condemn you if u do not accept his son…I was just wondering…how can God condemn my friends for not accepting Jesus if they never had a chance to learn n know who Jesus is…all their lifes they’ve been thought that their religion is the true and only right religion out there…how is it their fault that they do not know who Jesus is…they never really had a proper chance…

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Brent, I am not sure that I would limit it with the ‘Humanism’ label but I think that humanism has its root in that lie. What do you think?

  • Brent says:

    Humanism the original lie?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    So even though all of the religions that we talk about say that the nature of God is essential to how we respond to Him/It and that to misunderstand Him/It is to be on the wrong path, you say it doesn’t matter what we believe about who God is as long as we value life, do good and don’t do bad. I think you would have a hard time selling that to all of those religions. You see there are many fundamental differences between the teachings of these different religions that are contradictory. Let’s look at the differences that each religion has about the way one reaches perfection. Hinduism says that through the continuing cycle of reincarnated lives we perfect ourselves and end that suffering. Buddhism has a similar connection with reincarnation but the goal is to gain enlightenment that our attachment to the material world is the cause of our suffering and so be free from that attachment and return to our connection as God, the life force of the universe. The monotheistic religions say that there is only this life and then eternity. Judaism seeks to follow proper ritual and moral code to please God and gain acceptance into His presence. Islam is similar with different rituals and moral code. All of these religious beliefs are based on the efforts of the individual humans in order to achieve connection with God. Standing in stark contrast is the teaching of Jesus who said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to God except through Me.” (John 14:6) His message is that there is nothing that any human can do that deals with the brokenness of their life. There is not enough good things that anyone can do to effectively deal with the bad things in their heart and in the actions. Humanity’s only hope is through the loving intervention of God Himself. And that is exactly what Jesus did: God came to Earth to intervene on our behalf, to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin, and then rose from the dead so that He could live in us, guiding our thoughts, our emotions and our actions so that we reflect His nature, which is why He created us in the first place.

    Those are not just different view points of the same thing. They are fundamentally opposed to one another. They are not different paths up the same mountain. They travelling in opposite directions.

    It is interesting how in the Bible the event that led humanity away from their created purpose was because of a lie that humans could be just like God and determine their own future. Looking at all other religions, they are doing just that: depending on their own means to reach perfection. Jesus is the only one who tells the world that we must go back to the original plan and depend on God is order to reach the perfection that He created us for.

  • Samantha says:

    The point is that they all believe in a higher being, A ‘God’. The fact that Hinduism believes that this higher being takes the form of many Gods and Buddhism believes that it is, instead, a life force is what I mean by interpreting this higher being in different ways. In both cases people are believing that there is a higher force in control of our universe, however, based on their previous knowledge and understanding of their world, they interpret that force as something different. I understand that there are unique differences between how God is described in different religions, the point is not that each religion has the same God. It is the same as when two people know a mutual person, yet they have different opinions and a different idea of who the person is. Depending on their personalities, where they usually see the mutual friend, and countless other factors, they can both have very different ideas of who that person is. It is the same with God. People living in different climates, with different needs and societal values will all have different views on who God is and how he acts, in this way it is possible to interpret God as many different beings. As to believing in multiple Gods or a singular God, that is very easy. One person may look at a tree and see the tree as a whole, another person may look at the same tree and see, instead, the many different leaves making up the tree. The tree in this case is the ‘higher being’ based on a persons perspective, they may see the tree as a singular being, or as many combined to make up the larger being.

    What I’m saying is not “Christian’s and Hindu’s believe in the same thing”. What I’m saying is that Christian’s and Hindu’d believe in versions of the same reality. The reality that is common among all religions is that there is a higher being and that this higher being teaches us the proper way to live our lives. These teachings being what we should value. In nearly every religion these core teachings are the same: Value life, do good, and don’t do bad. What I’m saying is that at the end, everyone, regardless of whether they believe in a singular God or multiple Gods, will go to this higher being. And in this way everyone will go to God.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Samantha, thanks for joining in the conversation and expressing your thoughts. So if all religions are different interpretations of God how does that explain the contradictory teachings in those religions? I am not referring to different kinds of worship but to foundational understandings of who God is. Buddhism states that there is no god but that we are all connected to an impersonal life force. Islam disagrees and says that there is a God who has personality. Hinduism has a plurality of Gods who all play a part in the harmony of the universe. Judaism is clear that there is only one God. These are fundamental differences in the very nature of God. How can they be accurate reflection of who God is all at the same time?

  • Samantha says:

    Ok first let me say that I am Christian, and I have been Christian my whole life. But seeing these people here tell others that their religions don’t lead to God makes me ashamed to even say that I am Christian. In my opinion, and this is an opinion that comes from years of reading and taking classes on philosophy (including theology and knowledge systems), there is only one God. Religion, in my opinion, is simply how different people interpret this ‘God’. Whether you worship the multiple greek gods, or the singular Christian God, I believe you are all worshipping the same being. In this way all religions lead to God, it only makes logical sense. I don’t think God cares how we worship him. The important thing is to follow his teachings and to be honest, there isn’t much difference between the teachings of most religions.

    Reality is based on how people perceive their world, and not everyone perceives the world in the same way. We are influenced by our senses, experiences, and past knowledge and because each human has had unique experiences, we all perceive reality to be something different. It is the same way with religion. We all have faith in the being we call God, however our unique experiences allow us to understand God as something different than everyone else. This doesn’t mean that others are wrong. We still believe in the same thing, we just appear to have different ideas of what that ‘thing’ really is. Religions are created when many people agree on a certain way of understanding God. These religions were originally only believed by one person. It was his own personal knowledge that he had about God. However, when he began to spread his understanding and his perception of reality, the knowledge became shared knowledge and became a religion. With this pattern in mind it becomes a never ending cycle of belief in God >> personal knowledge about God that is unique and is derived through past knowledge >> teach this view to others >> shared knowledge as a religion >> a person practices this religion and believes in God >> and the cycle starts again. In this way religion is not only constantly changing, but it can be seen as completely connected and, essential, all the same.

    So everyone on here trying to tell others that their religions don’t lead to God? Just stop. Not only is what you are saying based off of no solid evidence, but frankly, its rude, it goes against basic human rights (the right to practice your own religion without being subject to criticism), and to top it all off it goes against Jesus’ teachings too. You call yourselves the followers of Christ but wasn’t it Christ who taught us that all men are equal and deserve to be treated as such? If you get to practice your religion and believe that you will find God, then so does everyone else.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Thanks Tonya for participating in this conversation. I appreciate your passion, your commitment to truth and your faithfulness to God’s revelation of Himself in the world. You refer to Jesus as having been sent by God to speak and act at the direction of God. I love the reference that you give to Jesus’ words “I can do nothing on my own…I seek not my own will but the will of Him who sent me. If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not deemed true. There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that He bears about me is true…the works that the Father has given me to accomplish…bear witness that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has Himself borne witness about me.” (John 5:30-32,36-37) So we agree that Jesus was sent by God to speak the words of God. We also agree that God alone is glorified. You didn’t quote this verse from the prophet Isaiah but I am sure you will agree that this is the Word of God, “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” (Isaiah 42:8) How then could Jesus say, “I have glorified You on Earth, having accomplished the work that You gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your own presence with the glory that I had with You before the world existed.” (John 17:4-5) If Jesus was sent by God to speak the Word of God how could He claim to have a share in the glory that is God’s alone, unless His words are true and He indeed is one with God.

    That is the unique aspect of Jesus, what sets Him apart from all other humans: He was a man with all the dependence on God which each of us has; but He was, at the same time, God Himself. In coming to Earth He set aside His independent use of His divine abilities and acted completely on the direction of God the Father, through the empowering of God the Spirit. That is exactly what humanity needed. Our self-centred attitudes, words and actions are directed at God Himself, just as David said, “Against You, and You alone, have I sinned.” (Psalm 51:4) We need God Himself to intervene on our behalf. Jesus, as God, came to die and to pay the penalty for our sin against Himself. Because He is of infinite value as God, His sacrifice is sufficient to deal with an infinite penalty of sin. But Jesus could not die for our sin if He himself was not one of us. In order to take our place in receiving our penalty He needed to be human just like us. Because He loved us, He was willing to humble Himself, to take on our nature and die in our place. By this act, justice is served: the penalty has been paid; but also the love of God is manifested: He died so that we could live. Not only that but Jesus then conquered death and rose again so that He could lead us to live out our calling as bearers of God’s image. By following Jesus, we can live like He did: only doing and saying what God the Father has directed.

    Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) That means give up following our own plans and ideas, allowing our sinful, self-centred nature to be crucified, and allow Jesus to direct our lives every moment of every day.

    So how do you deal with the infinitely just penalty for your sin against God? Does God just say, “O forget about it! It was not big deal.”? That is not justice! Do you have to offset it with noble actions that balance it out? How many good actions balance out the infinite offense that your sin is against an infinitely worthy God? Or is God not infinitely worthy and so your offense against Him is not so bad?

  • Tonya says:

    No matter what your religion Christians will always make you think it is wrong and that the only way is through Jesus, this is incorrect thinking and I will tell you why. Jesus first and foremost makes it clear that he is NOT God and that EVERYTHING he said or did were the direct words or actions of the Creator Himself. “I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will. ” (John 5:30) Jesus had ZERO power or authority, everything he did was by GOD’s mighty hand not on his own. They have glorified, magnified and edified this man and will have to give an account to our Maker. ““I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me…” (Isaiah 44:6) That power, those miracles and undeniable wisdom is God’s alone not the Jews, Christians or Jesus. Remember there is a whole world of people out there If you go and study other religions you will find out what I’m saying rather quickly. Next, God himself rebukes anybody and calls them an idolater who accepts, one who is sent with the Most High’s Word, as being the Most High or equal to the Most High. Quran, Surah 9:27, The Jews say Ezra is the son of God, and the Christians say the Messiah is the son of God. Such are the words they utter with their mouths, by which they emulate the unbelievers of old. God confound them! How perverse they are! They make of their clerics and their monks, and of the Messiah, the son of Mary, Lords besides God; though they were ordered to serve one God only.” Idolatry is the only sin in ALL religions that is unforgivable unless you turn away from it, think about that…Jesus made it clear he was/is NOTHING in comparison to the FATHER, in fact, he said the things he did were by God’s power and that he was only a vessel to be used by God. How wonderful and glorious is that!!!

    Also don’t believe that baloney about Jesus dying for your sins on the cross at Calvary, that’s another lie!! The Bible, in particular, God himself in the old testament says that this is a lie!! Followers of Jesus came up with this blasphemy, who do you believe, the Creator or Jesus followers? The prophets in the Old Testament spoke God’s direct words, all you need to do is read Jeremiah (my favorite), Ezekiel, Isaiah, Malachi, Obidiah, etc, they all spoke God’s direct words which is the same thing Jesus did but somehow Jesus became a God man, God’s son and then God incarnate in the flesh, smh…Most will say they prayed and prayed and that God reveal that Jesus is our Lord and Savior but in Isaiah 43:11 it says “I, even I, am the LORD; and besides me there is no savior.” How then can they claim Jesus is our savior when the Creator says that He alone is the only Savior. In Psalms 81:11 “But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsel. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!!” Glory be to the MOST High God for proving every man a liar his heart because he does not believe that the Most High is the One and Only true God!!!!!!

    See what separates me from them is this…I read all religious text, all of them and I believe them all because I believe EVERY WORD that comes from the Creator!!! What is God’s is Universal/Immutable-Consistent and True, the Bible says God never changes and that “he is not a man that he should lie.” Only humans twist things and tells lies. Also, what is Law is for the people protection and harmony and what causes confusion is men doing. If there is confusion it is ALWAYS from humans. I believe in the One True God (Eyeh Asher Eyeh) who is Ever-Present, All-Pervading, All-Knowing, All-Wise, Eternally-Merciful, Universally Gracious, Munificent and Boundless. I will NEVER deny the Most High’s WORD, signs, miracles and wonders, no matter who they come from. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and the like DO NOT have a monopoly on the Creator’s bounty. They would lead us to believe that the WORD of God only came to the Christians and the Jews but in the Quran, Surah 14:4 states “And We have sent NO Messenger save with the tongue of his people, that he might make all clear to them; then God leads astray whomsoever He will, and He guides whomsoever He will; and He is the All-mighty, the All-wise.” You see each person that God sent was sent to his “own” people to speak to them in a language they understood. What good would a Hebrew speaking Jew do for a Latin speaking Roman? Jesus spoke Aramaic and so did his disciples and the people he taught. He obviously spoke Hebrew as well, otherwise the Sanhedrin, Pharisees and Sadducees wouldn’t have understood him.

    I will never deny that Jesus was sent of God with His Word, signs and miracles, how could I? This is a unequivocal fact… and in order to believe in God you must believe in his Word, signs, miracles and wonders. But I will also never deny Muhammad who came with a book starting off saying “This Revelation is from Your Lord, the One who Created the Heavens and the Earth, the Seen and Unseen.” Nor will I deny the Buddha and the Dharma, Confucius’s Analects, Lao Zi and the Dao De Jing, Arjuna and the Bhagavad-Gita and the others that were sent with a message. People are stiff-neck and arrogant and no matter what God says they will never believe it though they say they do and will. Jesus came and the people flat out denied the miracles, the Word and the teachings. The were so venomous that they crucified him!! They deny, jeer at, mock, ostracize or kill whomever comes with a message that they can’t bear or refuse to hear. This is why the world is in turmoil, men fail to listen to the TRUTH. “You cannot make the dead hear you, nor can you make the deaf hear your call if they turn their backs and pay no heed; nor can you guide the blind out of their error. None shall give ear to you (Muhammad) save those who believe in MY revelations, and are submissive to MY will.” Surah 30:51

    “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ears, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.” Jeremiah 7:21

  • Aldo says:

    Krishna and Sai, allow me to come right to the point: all religions of the world do not lead to the one true God.

    The Holy Bible, which is the inspired Word of God, says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

    What that means, is that if anyone is looking for the truth with a sincere and diligent heart, the God of the Holy Bible- the one true God- will cause him or her to find it.

    Jesus, God’s “only begotten son” is the truth. Jesus, said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) He also said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)

    John 3:16-18 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

    The Holy Bible tells us in Romans 10:9-11 “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.” For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

    There you have it Krishna and Sai. Salvation comes by believing that Jesus Christ is the “only begotten son of God;” that he gave his life on the cross of Calvary to pay the price for your sins and the sins of all mankind; and that if you believe and confess that you will be saved.

    If you would like to confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord right now, please repeat this prayer sincerely.

    I pray that the Holy Spirit of God will touch both your hearts and lead you to accept Christ as your Savior.

    Remember, God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.

    “Dear God, I admit I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ, Your Son, died in my place, paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Him as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to You, and ask You to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person You want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me, forgiving my sins, and for giving me everlasting life, in Jesus name, Amen.”

  • Aldo says:

    Shepherd, you can truly believe something and be true to what you believe, but that does not necessarily make it a good thing for you. That’s because believing in something does not make it true. You must be certain that what you believe in is the truth.

    Someone tells of an Indiana cemetery that has a tombstone over one hundred yrs. old with this epitaph:
    “Pause stranger, when you pass on by, as you are now, so once was I,
    As I am now, soon you will be, so prepare yourself to soon join me.”
    Someone scribbled on the bottom of the tombstone:
    “To follow you I’m not content, until I know which way you went.”
    That is some real good advice. We want to be sure that the example we’re following is the right one.

    You’re right Shepherd, in your statement that all religious books were written by man, but the Holy Bible, God’s Word, was God inspired (2 Timothy 3:16), therefore you can believe its truth. Why? Because God can and has preserved His Word throughout all the ages, even though many attempts have been made to destroy it.

    You are also right in saying that God will not damn you because you had His Name wrong, but He will condemn you because you did not accept His Son Jesus Christ. John 3:18 says, “He who believes in Him (Jesus) is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

    I pray Shepherd, that you would take the time to truly search out the scriptures with the intent of finding the true God, because he who does so will find Him- Jeremiah 29:13: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

  • Aldo says:

    Kenneth, what Jesus meant by saying, “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” is that it was (of) no use for them. Their worship (was) a waste of time. Because they (taught) man-made commandments. They substituted their tradition for the rules of God. Many “standard practices” in churches today cannot be found in God’s rules.

    What that means is that we cannot worship God, nor His Son, for they are one (John 10:30), by substituting our traditions rather than according to God’s Word. John 4:23, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.”

  • . God is the object of worship. No matter what religion you follow and who ever they call God, is their object of worship. Like give devotion to God, make prayer to God and pay charity in the name of “God”. So had Jesus been God? He would have been told people to worship him. But in fact in Matthew 15:9 he did the exact opposite. “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” also another translation “Their worship of me is empty since they teach instructions that are human rules”. So Jesus said don’t worship me in the Bible.

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Interesting perspective Shepherd, and in many cases what you said is true. That is often what happens with man-made religions of which there are many out there. That’s what makes Christianity unique! Even the Bible itself isn’t one book written by one man but 66 books different books written over a period of time. And they all say the same thing!

    Also God has provided a way for us to be in right relationship with Him through the person of His son, Jesus Christ, thus giving us a way to have that relationship. He is the only person that was ever raised from the dead and promised to offer forgiveness of our sins through his death on the cross.

  • Shepherd says:

    I believe that through translation and time, stories and truths are altered naturally. We can never fully understand the exact truths of any religion. All religious books were written and translated by man and humanity is imperfect. So religion, this day and age is also imperfect. I believe throughout history most religion is a broke off piece, and explanation to some truth. And were formed to help those in need of spirituality, by providing some type of explanation. Than, POW! U have a religion. God is God and in the end he will not damn you because u had his name wrong, or the exact history of his existence. He will weigh you heart and read your soul. So Live for what you believe and stay true to you.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Jaime, on what do you base that opinion that all religions follow the same God? How do you know that is true? It seems to me that there are more than just differences between how each religion follows God but also on who they say He is. Buddhism says there is no God but rather an impersonal force to which we are connected and as we reach enlightenment that we are joined once again to that impersonal force. That is a completely different picture of God than what Islam identifies or Christianity follows. They identify God as the Supreme being who has personality and is able to interact with His creation. How can they be following the same God when they have such different views on who or what He is?

  • Jaime says:

    I believe in 1 True God. All religions follow the same God. We just have different views on how He is followed.

  • Doris Beck Doris says:

    Thank you for coming to visit our site Krishna and Sai. Did you take the time to watch the video mentioned in the article above? May I suggest that you do? Although many people would say that indeed all religions lead to the same God, Jesus Christ made it clear that He was indeed the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.(John 14:6) If you would like to ask more questions, we do have online mentors that would love to interact more with you. Just fill in the form on this page and an online mentor will email you.

  • Sai says:

    So do all religions lead to the same God because I am Hindu and sone people say they all lead to te same God…is that true?

  • Krishna says:

    So do all religions of the world lead to the God? I am Hindu and I am proud to be one but some people say that whatever religion you choose, it will lead to the God.

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