Not long ago, someone called my post “Matha, Pitha, Guru, Deivam (Mother, Father, Teacher, God)” rubbish. Why? Because I was being critical of the Indian/Hindu saying above (Matha, Pitha, Guru, Deivam). This person went on to tell me that it’s a beautiful religion and that every religion has it’s good and bad and so on.
Here’s the most recent response to this article.
This is the typical stuff I hear from people who have never bothered to look at each religion in detail and instead, make surface statements with zero depth and without clear meaning (It’s a beautiful religion? What’s that supposed to mean?). If they did have a better understanding of each faith (I’m not saying you have to be an expert on religion!), they would see that while each religion shares a few similarities in what it teaches, they differ greatly in core truths when it comes to God and therefore, a blanket statement like “All religions are the same!” is incorrect and deceitful!
Hinduism has millions of gods (350 million, give or take). Each god is worshiped in a certain way with certain rituals. Images and idols of gods are everywhere. Though Hindus are very devout and the religion and culture are heavily intertwined, based on my personal observations, most Hindus try to live a good life and are not heavily influenced by the religion or its deep philosophical teachings.
Generally, Hindus don’t have any issues with other religions and is very accepting of other faiths, for the most part. I have come across Hindus who are quick to tell me that they have an idol of Jesus that they pray to along with all the other gods that they worship. They have no issues with Jesus, until they come to know what the Bible says about other gods/religions and what Jesus Himself declares.
Islam worships one god, Allah. While Jesus is considered a great Prophet born of the virgin Mary, He is not regarded as the Son of God, which is central to the Christian faith. Muslims believe that Allah gave the Injeel (Bible), but assert that the Bible as we know it has been corrupted (though the evidence obilerates this argument), because of what it says about Jesus and how it contradicts Islam in many ways.
Muslims live their lives based on the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed in the Quran, summed up in the five pillars of Islam. While one can draw many similarities between Islam and Christianity, the Quran contradicts the Bible on some key issues on what God says in the Bible (Injeel), especially about Jesus. These differences cannot be brushed aside because they are not minor nuances but major theological views.
Christianity worships God, who is One, but comprises of 3 distinct Persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. According to the Christian faith, people sinned against God and it resulted in our separation from Him. The punishment for sinning against God is death. Jesus, the Son of God, is called the the Savior of the World because He willingly died for our sins so that those who place their trust and faith in Him, can be reconciled to God through His death.
In the Christian faith, people are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, NOT their efforts at good living and kindness and so on – which is what every other religion is based on: the individual putting in the effort to please their god(s). The Apostle Paul summarises one of the central teachings of Christianity in Ephesians 2:8-9:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
In fact, it is God the Father Who draws people through the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Jesus) to salvation, as stated by Jesus Himself in John 6:44:
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Those who are convicted of their sin by the Holy Spirit, will repent (in response to the Holy Spirit), say yes to faith in Christ and are saved. These people who are now in Christ (Christians) are called by God to live by faith. What does this mean? The Holy Spirit is at work in those who are truly Christians, which leads to a noticeable impact on their thoughts, words, actions and attitudes. In fact, Galatians 5:19-23 perfectly summarises this before Christ and after Christ transformation of a person:
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
To those who put their faith and trust in Jesus, He alone promises, He alone guarantees, eternal life with God in Heaven. Jesus stated this absolute truth in John 14:6:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
I could have looked at many more aspects of each of these religions, but have refrained from doing so. If you have an honest look at the core teachings of each religion, especially the central figures of each one, you can clearly see they they are not the same. In light of just these few points I have highlighted here, any reasonable person will come to the conclusion that all religions can’t be the same and that all religions can’t be right at the same time.
If YOU are someone who does not know Jesus, I pray that God will reveal Himself to YOU and help YOU understand who Jesus truly is, His significance, why He is the ONLY way, truth and life and why YOU need to accept Him as YOUR Savior and Lord. I stress the YOU because it is indeed a personal decision YOU have to make for yourself.
If you still think or believe that these religions are the same and worship the same God and think that you can follow whichever religion you like and still end up in Heaven, you are sadly mistaken.
This mistake could cost you dearly for all eternity.
God bless you.