Blog – Arm Yourself – All religions lead to heaven

July 27, 2009 at 6:30 am | Posted in Christianity | 8 Comments
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

In modern times, it has become commonplace for people to say that all roads lead to heaven and that all religions are pretty much the same. Many say that it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe something. If you believe something and you live by that belief, then you will find yourself in heaven. This means that a good Buddhist, a faithful Hindu, a pious Muslim, and even a staunch atheist will be accepted into heaven (according to 65% of “Christians”).

The question is, is this true?

Thanks to postmodernism, generations of people have been taught that all truth is relative (more about this next week). This is absurd to say the least. The way to see if all “faiths” lead to heaven is to look at them and see if there are any conflicts between them. If these conflicts are irreconcilable, then all roads do not lead to heaven. So, let’s look at the six biggest religions in the world and see if there are any irreconcilable differences.

First, we’ll look at Buddhism. Buddhism says that the way to heaven is through “enlightenment”. Buddhism was founded on a form of atheism that rejected more ancient beliefs in a permanent, personal, creator God. The founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, couldn’t reconcile the suffering, judgment, and evil he saw with the idea of a good and holy God. It is through the removal of suffering (which comes from denying your desires) and the gaining of knowledge that man can finally reach “nirvana” and finally cease to exist. It is man who must work his way toward “nirvana”. If they fail to attain “enlightenment”, they will be reincarnated and have another chance to do so. There is no such thing as sin. Heaven and hell don’t exist and neither does God. Life is a single-minded march to “enlightenment”. The way that one reaches nirvana is called the Four Noble Truths. These say that life is full of suffering, suffering comes from craving/desires, suffering will cease when craving ceases, this can only happen when one follows the Noble Eightfold Path. Buddhists also believe that nothing is permanent, individual selves do not truly exist, and that everything is determined by karma.

Hinduism is the next religion we’ll look at. There are over 360 million “gods” in Hinduism. Some of the more known “gods” are named Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and Ganesh. If none of these suits the Hindu, they can carve their own god and worship that. Oddly enough, even though the man carved the “god” out of wood or stone, it is believed that it is still “god”. It is the “god” that gave the man the ability to carve it out. As with Buddhism, Hinduism revolves around reincarnation. According to their religion, Hindus believe in karma (what goes around comes around). If you do good deeds, then you will come back as something better than what you are now (be born into a richer family or a higher caste). If you do bad things, you will be reincarnated as a lesser life form (dog, tree, cockroach, etc). Your works are what determine the direction you go. Hinduism has no heaven or hell. Life is a constant circle and that’s all there is. The sad thing about Hinduism is that it has crippled the Eastern countries that it is found in. Because cattle are sacred, they are not killed; instead, they are worshipped. The “gods” that they worship also require sacrifices of precious metals, gems, and food. If these things were used for the good of the people instead of wasted on false “gods”, I can only wonder how different these countries would be…

Islam is another of the world’s major religions. It has about 1 billion adherents throughout the world. Islam is a monotheistic system that revolves around a “god” named Allah. The “revelation” of Islam was given to a man named Mohammed around 622 A.D. by the angel Gabriel. According to Islam, Mohammed is the final and greatest (the seal) of the prophets. Islam says that Allah is the only “god” and there are no others. Because of this, they see Islam as greater than all other religions, including other monotheistic religions like Christianity and Judaism. Many people try to say that Allah is the Arabic name for the God of the Bible. They say that they are one in the same and that because of this, there is much common ground between Christianity and Islam (I wrote about this here). They believe that Jesus Christ is a prophet but not the Son of God. When Islam started out, it was a small group of people who were friendly toward Jews and Christians. As their numbers grew, this changed. Jews and Christians became infidels and were seen as inferior. Those who were not Muslim were forced to pay a tribute to Muslims, forced out of their lands and homes, or killed. Mohammed was considered the voice of “god” and everything that he said was holy law. What is ironic is that the laws that governed Muslims as a whole were superseded by “revelation” for Mohammed himself. For instance, the Quran says that Muslims can marry up to four wives (which is forbidden in the Bible). Mohammed not only had four wives, he had 11 and one of them was a ten-year-old girl (Ayisha). Islam is an uncertain religion as well. Those who follow its tenets have no way of being certain that they are going to heaven outside of jihad because Allah is personally unknowable. Muslims who sin (which would be all of them) must do things to gain their salvation. The Five pillars of Islam are duties that are required by all who call themselves Muslims in order to possibly get to heaven. They must proclaim the Kalima: “There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah”. They must also pray five times a day, reading specific selections of the Quran in Arabic and reciting the prescribed prayers. They must also fast during the month of Ramadan. During this time, they cannot eat during the daylight hours. They also must give alms to the needy. By giving alms, Muslims help themselves gain salvation. The Hajj is another essential part of Muslims gaining heaven through works. To be honest, the only way that a Muslim can know for sure that they will be in paradise is to die in a jihad. This is a holy war that defends Islam against infidels. Islam also says that there is only one unpardonable sin. This is called shirk and is when people associate other gods to Allah. This would include Christianity, which in the eyes of Muslims is tritheism and not monotheism. They see the Christian idea of Jesus as the Son of God as a sin that will not be forgiven.

Atheism is another common world “religion”. As the word itself says, atheism is the belief system that God doesn’t exist. This usually extends to the belief that there is no supernatural at all. Everything is materialistic and natural. This means that even the abstract things like love, logic, and morality have come about by purely naturalistic means, even though there’s no evidence of this. Many of those claiming to be atheists look at the world as survival of the fittest and see the idea of Darwinian evolution as the engine that has brought us to where we are today. They see the entire universe as evolving from nothing billions of years ago. Ironically, they spend much of their time reconstructing their theories every time a new piece of “evidence” is found that goes directly against what they propose. Even without the evolutionary ideas, there are problems with atheism. If there is no God, there is no absolute anything. If there are no absolutes, there is no absolute morality. If there is no absolute morality, then man can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants and expect no retribution. If atheism is the law of the land, then murder/genocide, rape, and theft are just “life” and there is nothing inherently wrong with them. If one man desires the car, house, wife, or money that another man has, he can kill them and take it. Ironically, there are an extremely limited number of examples of atheists who truly live according to what they profess to believe (wouldn’t this make them hypocrites?). Even Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have professed that they don’t live according to what they believe. Why not? Is it because they know that it’s not really founded in anything other than their desire to do “what is right in their own eyes”? What’s more, many of the staunchest atheists live their lives according to the Christian principles they rail against. They profess that the Christian ideals that they follow have evolved through society (but how does society fit into survival of the fittest?). Atheists seem to just flat out deny the huge amounts of evidence that show God’s existence. The saddest part of atheism is that many of those who profess to be atheists are too proud to give any thought at all to the truth of God.

So, how do all of these beliefs line up with Christianity? Well, there are many who say that they are all the same and that they all lead to the same place. If this is true, we should be able to put them side-by-side and see them to be equal. However, when you compare them to Christianity, this doesn’t happen. For instance, Christianity says that there is one God. Atheism, Buddhism, and Hinduism disagree with this either by saying that there is no God or that there are millions of “gods”. Christianity says that Jesus Christ is God and has existed with God from the beginning. He came down to live in the flesh among men and died on the cross to save them from their sins. None of the religions we’ve looked at agree with this, and this is the crux of the issue. Atheism says God doesn’t exist. Buddhism agrees (some Buddhists see Buddha as “god” – but they still deny Jesus). Hinduism says that there are 360 million gods, and while the argument that Jesus could be one of those “gods” will probably come up, this doesn’t fit with their belief system. Islam says that Allah is “god” and has no son. None of these are compatible with Christianity. Jesus Christ said that He is “the way, the truth, and the life” and that “no man comes to the Father but through” Him. This means that if Jesus is right (and being God He cannot lie), then all other religions are wrong. While all those other religions have commonalities, like they’re all works-based, even they don’t agree with each other.

What does this mean? Well, it means that all religions don’t lead to God. Only one religion leads to God, Christianity. All other religions lead to hell. They are false and require works for the person to get to heaven (if they believe in heaven). If you are following one of these false religions please think about what you are doing. The Bible says that all of those who follow false religions are sons of disobedience and that God’s wrath abides on them (Ephesians 5:6). It also says that it is appointed to man once to die and then the judgment (). This means that all of us will die at a time appointed by God. If we die in our sins (lying, stealing, blasphemy, looking with lust), the Bible says that we will stand before God, be judged guilty, and be cast into hell by God. The only way that we have to be saved from the wrath of God is to repent of our sins and put our trust in Jesus Christ alone to save us. If you are in your sins, please understand that you may not have tomorrow. If you die in your sins it’s too late for you to repent. Please do so now and know that you can be saved and be in heaven.

8 Comments »

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

  1. Very interesting post. Few people have the courage to outright say that not all religions lead to God. Christianity is the only way. I appreciate your blog and your thoughts on this subject. Great research on this as well. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts

  2. PB – I think that this is one of the problems today. No one seems to be able to tell people the truth. If someone claims to be a Christian, then they should believe that Jesus is the only way and that all other religions are false (John 14:6). If they don’t believe this, they are not a Christian.

    I think that the fear of telling people the truth stems from the push over the last century or so, where the church decided that it’s more important to get people to like them than it is to see them come to a true saving knowledge of Jesus. Now we focus on making people feel as comfortable as possible while they hurtle toward hell at breakneck speed…

    Thanks for the comment! I hope that you will take a look around while you’re here!

  3. Am a christian but some moslems a convicing me to be a moslem.
    Am trying to look for the truth.
    Thanks for your enlightment.
    Seith

    • Seith,

      Islam is not the religion of peace that many promote it to be. Even a cursory reading of the Quran shows that it is built upon violence and murder thinly veiled as “submission” and “spiritual struggle”. In Islam, you have to do good works to earn salvation (which the Bible says you can’t do) and even if you do the good works, there is nothing guaranteeing that you will enter heaven. There are a number of verses in the Quran that talk about killing the infidels which amounts to anyone that is not a Muslim, but especially Christians and Jews.

      If you are truly a Christian, then you have the truth. If you have been born again, then the Holy Spirit abides in you and you can ask Him to help you recognize the spirit of truth and the spirit of error (1 John 4). Islam denies the Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Savior. To them he is nothing more than a man. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

      I pray that you will fight the good fight of faith and trust in our Lord Jesus to keep you as you face the lies found in Islam!

  4. Thanks for an awesome blog. I am doing a very short study on this topic and it has helped me a great deal. I am a christian and simply trying to ground my faith in Jesus Christ.

    Once again, thank you.

    God Bless

    • Danny,

      Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope that you’ll be back. It is EXTREMELY important to not only believe, but to understand why you believe and whether or not what you believe is true. All roads do NOT lead to heaven. 1 Peter 3:15 says that we are to be ready at all times to give a reason for the hope that we have and what we believe. While studying scripture should be our main focus (it is everything we need….2 Tim. 3:16-17), we should also know about other beliefs so that we can explain the differences and help people to understand that no other religion offers the forgiveness of sins like Christianity does…

      Thanks again and God Bless!

  5. I realy thank God for going through this message..it has made me to know the right path.

    • Wale,

      I’m glad to hear that! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I’ll try to answer the best I can.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: