why are there so many religions???

Answer: The existence of so many religions and the claim that all religions lead to God without question confuses many who are earnestly seeking the truth about God, with the end result sometimes being that people throw up their hands in defeat at the challenge of really reaching the absolute truth on the subject. Or they end up embracing the universalist claim that all religions lead to God. Of course, skeptics also point to the existence of so many religions as proof that either you cannot know God or that God simply does not exist.

Romans 1:19-21 contains the biblical explanation for why there are so many religions: “…what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” The meaning of these Scriptures is clear. The truth of God is seen and known by every human being because God has made it so. Instead of accepting the truth about God and submitting to it, most human beings reject it and seek their own way to understand God instead. But this leads not to enlightenment regarding God, but to futility of thinking. Here is where we find the basis of the “many religions.”

Many people do not want to believe in a God that demands righteousness and morality, so they invent a God who makes no such requirements. Many people do not want to believe in a God that declares it impossible for people to earn their own way to heaven by their own good deeds. So they invent a God who accepts people into heaven if they have completed certain steps, followed certain rules, and/or obeyed certain laws, as least to the best of their ability. Many people do not want a relationship with a God who is sovereign and omnipotent. So they imagine God as being more of a mystical force than a personal and sovereign ruler.

The existence of so many religions is not an argument against God’s existence or an argument that truth about God is not clear. Rather, the existence of so many religions is demonstration of humanity’s rejection of the one true God and their replacement of Him with gods that are more to their liking. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8).

Do all religions lead to God? Actually they do. All but one leads to His judgment, and only one leads to His forgiveness and eternal life—Christianity. No matter what religion one adheres to, everyone will meet God after death (Hebrews 9:27). All religions lead to God, but only one religion will result in God’s acceptance, because only through His divine plan of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ can anyone approach Him with confidence. The decision to embrace the truth about God is an important one for a simple reason: eternity is an awfully long time to be wrong. This is why right thinking about God is so critical.

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10 thoughts on “why are there so many religions???

  1. I like that… “eternity is an awfully long time to be wrong.” We look at the upside to eternity, but most will be looking at the downside if today’s society is any indication.

  2. hi archie, tnx for passing by.

    yes, that statement is so true. we only need one God… the world needs Him!!!

  3. cocoy826

    Some people believe that their religion is the only true religion, and that all other religions are heresy and their followers doomed,there are many pathways to God, and that when Jesus said, “I am way, I am truth, I am life,” he probably was adding himself as another way to God, not declaring all other ways invalid.

    Thank you Yhen for posting comments on my web often.I appreciated it so much.I missed you when I was gone.

  4. hi sir cocoy,

    salamat din po sa inyong pagdalaw.

    we need not a religion but a belief that there is only one God who created everything around us.

    Godbless sir cocoy!!!

    mabuhay ka!

  5. Mer Pints

    May sinabi si artsee doon sa comment ni doc.bobonyo sa CD. There is a difference yata between taking God within you and going inside God. Paano na daw kung ayaw pumasok ang Diyos sa iyo. This brings me to the question not all religion leads to the truth. Liwanagin lang, I would like to understand the phrase taking God within you as believing in Him, allowing Him to transform your life, etc. How will God come into your life (the way you think and behave, the kind of belief you subscribe into) if it entirely deviates from the will of God. And speaking of the will of God, the Bible talks about God’s words and commandments. Let us connect this to religion, as a way of life it must conform to the will of God. It should conform but not deviate from the commandments and the words of God. Ito siguro iyong sinasabi ni artsee that God has the option also to accept your kind of faith and belief. Remember Cain, God did not accept His offering because it entirely deviates from that of God’s prescription. Kung magbibigay ng prescription si doc.bobonyo ibang gamot naman ang kukunin mo, it does not help. Not all religion entitles you to enter the Kingdom of God. Sorry po, not all who say they are Christians and are worshippin God are actually acceptable unto Him.

    Sis, let us search for the Scriptures because it is only here that we cand find the way that leads us to the truth. At ito nga rin ang sinabi ni doc.bobonyo, he is searching for the truth. But as a word of caution, in searching for the truth, be sure that the Holy Spirit is with you. Let the Holy Spirit guide you not you guiding the Holy Spirit on how you want the truth to be. It takes genuine faith and humility to go through this process but not unrewarded.

  6. hmmm….

    i think mer, it is not about our religion. it is about our belief to only one God.

    religion cannot save us but our faith to jesus christ can. for he died for us and save us from our sins.

  7. let us be cautious for in the end times many will claim that their god is here but only false idols who will lead people in a miserable after life. the answers can be find ONLY in His Word. religion has always been the debate and most argued topic in life but what really is important is our faith and acceptance in Him which is our Lord Jesus Christ, not only by good works because this was given to us by grace so we cannot boast from it.

  8. amen to that sir gmac!

    very well said!

  9. omg..just had an idea for a future post..

  10. hey carl, give me a post or a link with regards to your future post on this topic.

    tnx. ;-0

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