Are they heading in the same direction?
On one level it is easy to say no, of course all religions are not the same. But a lot of the time many people have a sense in the back of their minds that it doesn’t really matter which religion a person believes. Each to their own; it’s all OK. They are all heading in the same direction, to a greater good or a greater force. As long as we accept and tolerate each other’s beliefs it will be OK. Everyone is right, in their own way.
The basic problem with this belief is that religions contradict each other. For example, Jews say there is only one God, Hindus teach there are millions of them. Buddhism says everyone is reincarnated, Islam says everyone lives and dies once. It simply cannot be true that all religions are somehow the same. In fact it is an insult to all religions to say they are the same as each other.
Jesus believed in one way to God.
The claims that Jesus made are a stand-out example. He said believing in him was the only way to be right with God. In John 14:6 Jesus says: ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ There’s not much room for compromise in that statement!
All religions cannot be the same. The challenge for each of us is to investigate them, decide which has the best grounds for truth and makes the most sense of life. Then make a choice.
The great difference found in the Christian faith is that it is grounded on a real historical person and eyewitness records about him. The other outstanding aspect of Christianity is that it provides a way of forgiveness, being right with God, and hope for the future all based on a free gift. Most religions require us to work hard to get right with God. Christianity offers the gift of being right with God, because Jesus has done the hard work for us.