A friend of mine asked me the other day, “So all the religions, anybody who believes differently than you Christians, we’re all just screwed?”
And the short answer is, “yep.”
But as I thought about it, I realized what I should have said.
The idea is that there have to be multiple paths to a loving, compassionate Father. If He wants us to make it, why not provide a thousand ways to get to Him. COEXIST, you know (with all the different symbols).
But, of course, this first denies that all religions are exclusive. A good heaven-bound Muslim cannot follow other faiths also. A nirvana-bound Hindu can believe all sorts of things but they have to believe in multiple gods, not one God.
It also denies our depravity. We are so lost, so already screwed, that we don’t deserve a way to God. We can’t work hard enough, think holy enough, live righteously enough to make it. It shouldn’t surprise us or offend us that there is only one way. The miracle, the grace is that there is anyway to make fallen humanity right with a Holy God.
And finally, it denies the gift. The death of humanity began when we said, “I don’t trust you, God. I don’t think you know what is best for me. And, if you do, you are hiding it from me.” And then we sewed fig leaves together. We made a way to cover our nakedness and religions were born.
And, just so you know, God doesn’t like any religion better than another. I wonder whether He has a particular loathing for religious “Christianity”. How many have been turned away from knowing and loving Him by the cruel, proud words of the people who think they’re so holy?
So, yep, we’re screwed. But equally, we’re blessed. God made a way. Jesus did come as God in the form of man. He did die on a Roman cross as a Holy sacrifice for our sin. And He rose, victoriously conquering sin and death, paying, fully, the price for all I’ve done, all we’ve done wrong.
I don’t need another way to His presence, His peace. I’ll take the one He gave.
Then, He can answer all my other questions.