Are All Religions Good?

July 6, 2012

Are All Religions Good?

There are many who say that they believe all religions are good.  That is a statement that needs to be challenged. An analysis also needs to be made of the reasons why people say that. First, let’s challenge the statement.

I.        If it is true that all religions are good, then we must say that you can believe whatever you want to in the name of religion. You can take just about any religious teaching and find some religious group that makes that teaching part of its creed. If all religions are good, then what they teach has to be good also because the essence of a religion is not what it does, but what it teaches.

II.          If this Is true, then we must say that there is no absolute truth as far as religion is concerned. We have to come to that conclusion because there are so many contradictions in the teachings of the different religions. If a religion is good, it is not because it teaches the truth about God but it is good simply by virtue of the fact that it is a religion. This, in effect, makes that which is religious some nebulous thing that is hard to define. If there is no absolute truth, then we have no basis on which to judge religions. All we can say is, “It is religious, and therefore, it is good.”

 

III.   If all religions are good, then we must also say that what they do is also good. A man’s religious views have a great impact on his moral conduct.  Let’s suppose a man espouses a religion that believes in plurality of wives. If we are consistent with our thinking, then we will have to say that polygamy is a good thing because some religions believe that.  If  all religions are good, then polygamy must also be good. Or, how about some of the modern religious sects that believe in kidnapping teenagers and trying to brainwash them into accepting their teachings? We can’t condemn that if all religions are good. The world was appalled a few years ago to hear about a self-styled preacher by the name of Jim Jones who lead over 1000 of his followers into the jungle and fed them poison.  How does one justify that if all religions are good?

No, the truth is that not all religions are good. Those who say that just haven’t done their homework very well. Let’s analyze the thinking of those who say that all religions are good.

I.       To give them the benefit of the doubt, maybe we should say that those who say that don’t really mean what they say. It may be that they really mean to say that all religions do good, or at least do some are good. We must admit that there is a lot of truth in that statement. It is doubtful that there is any religion so bad but what one could find some virtue in it.

II.         Those who say that all religions are good really haven’t carried their thinking through to its logical conclusions. Their thinking is very shallow. Perhaps they have heard someone say that, and  it sounded pious so they adopted
it as their stock answer to anyone who challenges their religious beliefs.

III.          On the surface, it seems to be a noble and generous confession. “I respect al1 religions”, they say. “I’11 respect your religion, regardless of what it might be, you respect mine, and we will all be one happy family.” This is being tolerant, It avoids religious arguments.

IV.         It is a lazy attitude. It means I don’t have to study to seek to determine what is right or wrong about a given religion. They are all good.

 

V. In effect, they are saying, “Religion really isn’t very important. You believe what you want to. It really doesn’t make any difference to me. I really haven’t found anything in my religion worth getting excited about so why should I try to convince you that my religion is better than yours?”

V1. If you think all religions are good, then you haven’t found Jesus Christ. God sent Him into the world that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Once you come to know Him, you will have found something far superior to mere religion.

 

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.    And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement” (Romans 5:1-11).

 

Our E-mail address is rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

(598)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.