Are there many ways to God? Oprah Winfrey certainly thinks so, on her television show, she responded to a Christian guest with this, “One of the mistakes humans make – is believing that there is only one way…and many paths to what you call God…there couldn’t possible be just one way!” Well what does the Bible have to say about this? My video above explains what the Bible thinks on this matter. I will cover a few points that were not mentioned or were just narrowly touched by the video:
1) All Religions Are The Same
The Bible differs from many of the world’s religions on this point. First of all the Bible condemns acts of violence in the name of religion:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
The above verses right away eliminate the idea that God approves of violence, sets up Islam and many other violent religions to be diametrically opposed to Biblical Christianity. The Bible goes on to further suggest the features of true religion in the verses below:
James 1:26, 27
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
So from the verses above we learn the following elements of pure religion in God’s eyes- control of one’s words and actions, honesty, concern for the sick and destitute, forgiveness, humility and finally abstinence from ungodly behavior. Satanism at its core endorses pride, selfishness and sin above all else and fails in every aspect of pure religion outlined above. On the other hand, Hinduism, upholds a few of the elements but teaches that the sick and destitute are reincarnated into those conditions due to bad Karma and to help them would actually be a sin, which actually explains why India is in the state of financial instability as it is now. The Bible also makes mention that there is only one God, while Hinduism and Buddhism suggests that there are many:
1 Corinthians 8:5, 6
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
It is clear that there are fundamental differences between Biblical Christianity and the world’s religions. Yet there is a popular saying that persists in spite of these differences: “all religions are fundamentally the same and only superficially different,” but now I hope you understand that it would seem that “all religions are superficially the same and fundamentally different.”
2) Christianity is just another revelation from God
This argument is often presented by those of the Islamic and the Bahá’í Faith. With respect to Islam, the claim is that the Qur’an is the final revelation delivered by God to mankind through its prophet Muhammad (Surah 29:46; Surah 4:47). In another article I show in great detail how Allah is not the same as the God of the Bible, so this idea that the Qur’an is the final revelation to follow the Bible is already not at a good start. There are simply too many serious issues when one attempts to connect Islam as a revelation from the True Living God like the fact that Islam teaches that Jesus is not God (Surah 4:172; Surah 5:73; Surah 9:30), that Jesus never died or was ever crucified (Surah 4:158) and that He was not the Son of God when there is historical, biblical and archaeological evidence that says otherwise.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have the Bahá’í Faith which basically tells us that all religions are revealed by the same God. The Bahá’í Faith was heralded by a John the Baptist type figure in 1844, called Báb, whose name means “Gate,” in Persia now called Iran. It was Bahá’u’lláh, whose name means “Glory of God,” a Messiah type figure, clarified the revelations of Báb, organized the message of the new faith and from there, the Bahá’í Faith was born. The Bahá’í Faith teaches that Bahá’u’lláh’s arrival fulfilled the prophesied Second Coming of Jesus Christ and that he is the messiah-type figure that all the world’s religions are expecting. The Bahá’í Faith also dictates that the world religions were all revelations sent by God, that God reveals Himself every few centuries by sending prophets called “Manifestations of God” to usher in a new religion and that the last few revelations from God to the world reflects His nature more clearly than older ones. This finally brings me to my point, if such is the case then why does the god of the Bahá’í Faith revealed himself in such contradictory ways over the history of mankind? Like the curious fact that Hinduism and Buddhism embraces polytheism when the god of the Bahá’í Faith is a monotheistic god. In any case, the Bible makes it clear to us that the words of the God of the Bible never changes:
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
If such is the case as the two verses above show, then the god of the Bahá’í Faith would have concluded all revelations with Christianity shouldn’t he? This doctrine of the Bahá’í Faith makes the all-knowing Creator of the universe appear to be schizophrenic with multiple personalities. The Bible prophesies the very opposite of “progressive revelation” in the Last Days, it warns us that there will be rampant growing deceptions, that there will be many false Christs, and that the world will plunge into a great deception:
2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
I think it is strange that the god of the Bahá’í Faith revealed Christianity, a faith alleged to have been designed by this god, that warns its followers to reject any future “revelations” from other religions and to reject people who claim to bear another message or gospel from the true living God:
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have received, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
The inconsistencies with the Bahá’í Faith does not end there, not by a long shot! The world headquarters for this religion is the Bahá’í World Centre, located at Mt. Carmel in Israel. Informed Christians who hears the words “Mt. Carmel” should be alarmed, as this was the very same site that the Bible prophet, Elijah, faced the false prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:17-46. The world headquarters also overlooks the valley of Megiddo where the war of Armageddon is fated to occur. The Battle of Armageddon is a final war, prophesied in the Bible (Revelation 16:14), where the entire world gathers itself united as one to fight against the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns to this Earth in the Second Coming, and I am deliberately telling you this, because one of the Bahá’í Faith’s goals is to gather all the world’s religions under one single religion. As you now understand it is quite suspicious that the Bahá’í Faith’s world headquarters is built overlooking that future battlefield:
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
The Bahá’í Faith further shows itself as being, quite possibly as one of the latest stratagems of Satan since its new members require identification cards and identification numbers from the religion, which eerily foreshadows the Mark of the Beast mentioned in Revelation 13:16-18. To enter the Bahá’í Faith you need to actually be interviewed, which is completely against the God of the Bible who wills that all be saved and come to the truth unopposed (1 Timothy 2:3, 4). The Bible teaches that the world will indeed come together under one banner of peace exactly as the Bahá’í Faith plans to do, however, the Bible teaches that this peace and unity will be short lived (Daniel 8:25) and the united movement will be destroyed just like the first attempt of the world’s people to unite under a one world government and one world religion at the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9. After all, the Bible tells us that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
1 Thessalonians 5:2, 3
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
There are many other erroneous facts that most certainly does not help the argument for progressive revelation, for more information on the secrets on the Bahá’í Faith you may read a few of the posts by this blogger and the folks at Jesus Is Savior. In light of all this, to a genuine truth seeker, it is difficult to even contrive that the God of the Bible is the same as the god of the Bahá’í Faith and like me you may consider that this movement may very well be the prophesied one world religion that the Book of Revelation warns Christians about.
3) Christians are narrow-minded to think that Jesus is the Only Way
This is misplaced because it is not Christians who say that Jesus is the only way to God; it is the Bible that makes this claim. But before I get into the Bible’s claim that the path outlined by it is the only way to God, I would like to explain the concepts of Absolute Truth and Relativism.
What is absolute truth? A certain person defines it in this way: “it is inflexible reality: fixed, invariable, unalterable facts.” Now let’s look quickly at the definition for relativism which is defined as: “truth, morality and knowledge that are relevant only to a certain culture, society and historical period,” in other words, it is not absolute truth. A simple example of absolute truth is 2 + 2 = 4. Now, what if everyone in the entire world gathers together and say, “Let’s make 2 + 2 = 5 instead!” And everyone celebrates this change by shouting, “Hooray! 2 + 2 = 5, cool we all finally agreed on something!” Even if everyone agrees does it make that decision correct? Of course not! 2 + 2 = 4 and will always be 4. No matter how hard the world would like to make it 5, that is relativism, it still does not change the fact that 4 is the mathematically correct answer.
Just as absolute truth governs the rules of mathematics, it governs the laws of physics like gravity – what goes up must always come down, absolute truth governs everything. By this simple proof we see that absolute truth is fixed throughout the physical universe, now shouldn’t it also be true in the spiritual realm. The God of the Bible claims to be the father of all spirits and rules within the spiritual realm (Hebrews 12:9), then who else should we turn to for absolute spiritual truth for He is a God of Truth (Psalms 43:3; Psalms 25:5). God verifies Himself through fulfilled prophecies (Isaiah 46:9, 10) mentioned here in this article and through proven scientific facts shown in my article here, which eliminates the notion of the Bible being written by mere men but by an all-knowing and all-powerful God who is outside of the limitations of time. Since God is consistently correct in stating scientific facts and fulfilled prophecy then it must follow that He must also be correct about the rest of the content of His book, the Bible. Jesus who claimed to be this God of Truth makes the following statements:
Matthew 7:13, 14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
In the above verse Jesus informs us that there are actually two paths- a wide gate that leads into destruction and a narrow gate that leads to eternal life and God. Christianity is the only religion in the world that states this, even Judaism and Islam teaches that all paths eventually lead to God (Surah 11:123). I hope you understand now that it is incorrect to say that the Bible is narrow-minded, as it highlight two destinations, not one. The question now is how to travel on this narrow road or path to the true God? Jesus once again answers this question for us in the following verses:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The God of Truth knows all absolute truth, He has always been correct when predicting the future through prophecy and has used scientific insights that only He would have known (as men never had the technology to verify them in the past until now), now this same God tells us that Jesus is the way to Him. We are faced with two simple decisions now are we to accept this or reject this message? Truth is absolute, even if we reject truth, it will always remains true, remember my analogy, 2 + 2 will always be 4, no matter how much one would like it to be 5. Now this question may pop up in the heads of Hindus, Muslims and even those of the Bahá’í Faith: well what about the previous revelations and religions that existed before Christianity began? Are they true or are they examples of man-made relativism? Jesus once again gives us the answers here:
John 10:7, 8, 10
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
So, Jesus indicates to us that all the religious systems and their founders that came before Him did not arrive to deliver absolute truth, but to deliver relativism, which would mislead others into death and destruction as it is not based on absolute spiritual truth. The God of the Bible further discourages us from even adopting any of the practices of these religions like yoga and many others:
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
1 John 4:5-8
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
I would like you now, if you are not Christian or even if you are Christian, to dedicate or rededicate your life to Christ. You may learn more on how to find this narrow road that Jesus tells us to travel in this article, Salvation is a free gift that God gives us all.
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