Jan 15, 2020
In this episode, Brother Jonathan answers the questions, "Do all
paths lead to God?"
Do all paths lead to God?
Remnant Bible Fellowship
- There are many ways to restate this question. Are all religions
the same? Do all religions worship the same God? Does everybody go
to heaven no matter what they believe—you know…except the really
bad people like Hitler.
- The fact is though that many people assume that propositions
like these are true without ever really examining them or thinking
them through. Most people accept these things as axiomatic, or
self-evident, without ever applying a healthy dose of skepticism.
Most people do not apply the same level of criticalness and
skeptical analyzing to their own views as they do to opposing
- But if we care about what is true, as opposed to just what
makes us comfortable, then we must do that. We must examine our own
views in light of logical reasoning, philosophy, and evidence. If
something, be it a worldview/religion/philosophy, is true then it
must bear witness to reality. For example, have you ever looked at
a picture of Mount Rushmore—you know, the mountain in the USA that
has the faces of four past presidents carved into it—and
immediately thought, “Wow, isn’t it amazing that time plus matter
plus chance resulted in such amazing likenesses of these men?” No,
you’ve never thought that. But in fact, if you believe in Darwinian
evolution then you believe that the actual heads, and minds, of
those men is a result of time plus matter plus chance. Do you see
what I mean? Exactly how much skepticism have you applied to your
- But let’s consider the question at hand, do all paths lead to
God? Do all religions end up at the same destination? Do they all
worship the same God?
- Well, let’s consider it logically. I believe that most people
agree with those statements because they really don’t know what
many religions believe. Let me contrast some of these beliefs
really quick for you:
- About God
- Islam believes that there is one god, but no trinity.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the trinity, and believe Jesus is the
- Mormons believe in millions of gods. Because man grows up to be
a god too. They just believe that there is one main god over our
- Deists believe in a distant deity or force that has no intimate
interaction with the world.
- Hinduism believes in millions of expressions of god. They don’t
believe in a personal knowable god, but simply that god is a
mystical impersonal force called Brahman.
- Atheism denies that any god exists anywhere at any time.
- Agnosticism is a veritable “I don’t know.” But they live like
god doesn’t exist.
- Islam believes the Koran and the Hadith.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses created their own version of the Bible
which doesn’t follow any of the original language manuscripts in
existence. They also have magazines and materials produced by the
Watchtower Society which are updated and changed as they need
- Mormons have multiple books written by their prophet Joseph
Smith. They also have prophets that change things today as they see
- Deists believe that this distant god has never revealed himself
to mankind in any way. You have to think your way to god.
- Hindus accept the Vedas, Upanishadas (Vedanta), and the epics,
Ramayana and Mahabharata, are seen as scriptures. The Bhagavad-Gita
is often studied as a key text.
- Atheism generally believes that man is the ultimate authority
- Agnosticism, generally, doesn’t really acknowledge any
authority but what is pragmatically useful.
- Islam believes that man is able to do good by himself but that
he still needs help.
- JWs believe that man is free to do good works.
- Mormons believe that men and women are the literal spiritual
offspring of Heavenly Father God and that we are reborn on earth
and need to re-attain our godhood.
- Deists believe that man is a rational being who directs his own
- Hinduism believes that men are part of Brahman, individually as
atman. The physical reality doesn’t exist and is a false
distinction. You just have to realize that you are part of god,
- Atheism believes that man is simply a result of time plus
matter plus chance. Given enough time particles become people. Man
is just another animal no more valuable than pond scum or
- Agnosticism, generally, believes the same as atheists.
- Islam believes that sin is breaking Allah’s commandments, but
that man is not necessarily born with sin.
- JWs believe that physical death forgives all your sins.
- Mormons believe that sin is disobeying God and other
commandments outside the Bible.
- Deists believe that morals are relative and vary from person to
person. There is no absolute morality.
- Hinduism vaguely identifies sin as bad deeds. Though, to them,
there is no absolute standard of right or wrong.
- Atheists hold that there is no absolute standard of right and
wrong but do not live that way, and when they do they are Adolf
Hitler. If there are no absolutes why whine and complain if someone
stole your car, murdered your children, or raped your wife? It’s
not consistent with what they say.
- Agnostics believe as is pragmatically useful for them.
- Islam believes that man can earn salvation by doing good works,
if your good outweighs your bad then you go to heaven. There is no
way to know this though.
- JWs believe that you earn your own salvation and that there is
no eternal hell.
- Mormons believe that all people except Satan and the demons,
and apostate Mormons, will inherit one of the three levels of glory
- Some deists believe in an afterlife or need of some kind of
redemption, but not many.
- Hinduism believes that salvation is breaking the cycle of
samsara and achieving oneness with Brahman.
- Atheists believe that man doesn’t need any kind of redemption
and that with enough education, money, and time, man can create his
own heaven on earth. This is of course why the world is getting
better and better every day. Notwithstanding all evidence to the
- Agnostics usually respond with an “I don’t know”.
- I can go on and on and on describing the beliefs of Wicca,
Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, whatever, but the question you have to
ask yourself is can they ALL be true simultaneously? The only
logical answer is no.
- Christianity and Islam cannot both be simultaneously true
because Christians believe they only get to heaven because of what
Jesus did on the cross. Islam believes that you earn your way to
- Hinduism and Judaism cannot both be simultaneously true because
Hinduism believes that there is no personal knowable God. Judaism
believes that God is personal and knowable.
- Atheism and ANY religion cannot be simultaneously true.
- Wicca and most other religions cannot be simultaneously
- New Ageism and Christianity, Islam, or Judaism cannot be
- New ageism and Hinduism teach that you are god and
Christianity, Islam, and Judaism say that you send you to
- Zoroastrians are dualists, most other religions are not.
- The fact of the matter is that if you believe ANY religion or
philosophy then you exclude all others. People think that some
religions like Hinduism believe that all are true, that’s false.
Hinduism believes that everyone is part of Brahman no matter what
they believe. That’s very different.
- You have to think logically. If I say “the car is red” and you
say “the car is not red”, then we cannot both be right. But this is
exactly what some people believe without reason or evidence.
Religions say that god is this way or that way. That is a
propositional statement. The contradictory one cannot be
simultaneously true. Not at least according to logical or
- To accept all is to deny all.
- The basic truth that you must understand is that if you accept
all religions then you must deny all of them simultaneously. If you
accept naturalism then you deny God’s existence. If you accept the
idea of there being a hell then you deny any religion that denies
- There can be no such thing as the COEXIST movement’s ideology
without compromising every single religion’s exclusive truth
claims. You ought rather to call it ERRADICATE or COMPROMISE.
Besides, we all do coexist because we all exist together right now
on the same planet at the same time. What those who care about what
is true cannot do is affirm everything. I’m sorry. That’s not
something that a rational person can do. That’s not something that
a scientific person can do.
- The real question
- So the real question that you must ask yourself when you are
confronted with a religion or philosophy is: is it true? Can you
prove that? It’s not about how you feel. Every time you are
corrected about something you’re going to feel some kind of
uneasiness. It’s not about what something is asking of you. If God
exists the implications of His existence affect not only your daily
life but your eternal destiny. You are going to spend a lot more
time after you die than before you die, and nothing that you do in
this world, nothing that you earn materially, not even necessarily
your family or friends, are going to walk through death’s door with
you to accompany you. Is that bleak? It shouldn’t be. Not if you’ve
investigated the truth claims of those who believe that there is a
- So how do you prove a religion is true or not? I’ve done a
three-part series on this in detail if you want to look those
episodes up “One good reason to believe”, “from ‘god’ to God”, and
“Defending the Resurrection”. Let me sum it up here though.
- In all of human history there is only a single religion that
has set forth a single, objectively verifiable, historical event as
the crux upon whether or not it is true. There is only one. Atheism
can’t even prove how everything came from nothing or how chaos led
to the laws of physics. They want you to accept it by faith. Islam
says if you believe the Koran is pretty then that’s what proves
it…no joke. I’ll give you the verse numbers if you ask me.
Mormonism says in the book of Mormon, book of Moroni chapter 10,
that if you feel a tingling in your bosom then that proves it.
- Jesus of Nazareth said, “I’m the Son of God. You have to repent
of your sins and believe in me in order to be forgiven. I’m gonna
be crucified by the gentiles and die. On the third day afterwards
I’m gonna rise bodily from the dead. Then you’ll know that I am who
I say I am.” That’s completely objectively verifiable
historiographically. We can easily prove or disprove that.
- Some people reject the idea of resurrection a priori because
they’ve never seen or experienced it (David Hume’s argument). Well
by that same logic you should’ve believe in any country that you’ve
never been to either. Or, you shouldn’t believe in death altogether
because you’ve never died before. It’s silliness.
- But among historical scholars, and I mean non-religious ones.
There are four historical facts that are almost unanimously agreed
- Jesus of Nazareth died under the reign of Pontius Pilate by
- Jesus’ disciples sincerely believed that He appeared to them
bodily after His death.
- The Jew who persecuted the Christians as evil, Saul of Tarsus,
converted to Christianity after claiming that Jesus appeared to Him
- Jesus’ half-brother, James, who believed that Jesus was a false
prophet who died for his own sins, suddenly became a Christian
after the death of Jesus. He claimed that Jesus appeared to
- The 5th point is accepted by about 75% of historical
scholarship as true.
- The third day after Jesus was crucified His tomb was
- All of these are attested by historical documents, eyewitness
testimony, even by enemies of Christians in ancient times—all
without even viewing the Bible as the inspired Word of God. The
main body of historical scholarship, that is, those who operate in
the academic field of historiography and have degrees in it, does
not question these points. They are only questioned by people
speaking outside of their fields and who don’t know the data.
- So, people say “the disciples stole the body”. No, the
disciples really believed that Jesus appeared to them. If the body
was stolen, then why was Saul of Tarsus converted? He wasn’t a
sympathizer. Why was James converted? They separately, and
individually, that Jesus appeared to them.
- “Maybe someone else stole the body”. Then why was Paul
converted, why James? Why did the disciples truly believe that He
appeared to them? This, at best, only explains the empty tomb. But
it was that the tomb was empty that anyone believed. Even in the
bible, when the tomb was empty no one believed that Jesus rose.
THEY thought that someone stole the body. It was only after He
appeared to people, showing the marks in his hands and feet, that
- Maybe they went to the wrong tomb. That doesn’t account for the
appearances to the disciples. His followers were not convinced by
an empty tomb but by appearances. Paul wouldn’t have been converted
then. James wouldn’t have been converted then. There is literally
no source in history that puts forth this idea. Besides, the tomb’s
location was known to many people. The religious leaders could’ve
literally walked to the tomb and pointed and shown that he was
- Biblical Christianity is the only religion that can prove
itself. Now, I’m not saying that that church on your corner is
right, Christianity as it is set forth in the Bible is absolutely
proven. Like I said earlier, the implications of the existence of
God affect not only your life today, now, but your eternity.
- Jesus said that we must repent of our sins (that is acknowledge
them and turn from them) and follow Him because we believe that He
died for our sins according to the scriptures. In closing, I will
read the passage from scripture that was written by the Apostle
Paul in 55 ad. Scholars acknowledge that this passage is based on
an early Christian confession from the time immediately following
the resurrection of Jesus—about 33-4 ad.
- “Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached
to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which
also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to
you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of
first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our
sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that
He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and
that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He
appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of
whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He
appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to
one untimely born, He appeared to me also.” (1Co 15:1-8)
- Jesus rose from the dead. He said repent, and follow Him, and
He would come and manifest Himself to you, John 14:21-23. What are
you going to do about it?