How Can We Know Which Religion Has The Truth?

August 7, 2015

     How Can We Know Which Religion Has The Truth?

          Among so many religions, how can we know which one has the truth? This is a question many ask, and for good reason. It can’t be that they all have the truth because they aren’t in agreement. Some people, without giving it much thought, just say “They are all good.” It could be that they all do some good, but that is not proof that they have the truth. Some may not outwardly promote or approve of immorality, but they don’t say anything against it either.

Some religious groups make the claim that they are the only ones who have the truth. By so doing, they say that all others are in error. Some base their authenticity on their antiquity. Others make no attempt to prove that they have the truth. They just make the claim and expect everyone to accept it without question.

In order to know which religion has the truth we would need to have a criterion for determining what truth is. If a religion claims to be a Christian religion, then we should have the right to go to the Bible to see if what they teach is in harmony with the Bible. Some may ask, “But how can we know if the Bible is true?” In a short article like this one it would be impossible to present all the evidence that the Bible is divine revelation. It should be enough to know that those who live according to the dictates of the Bible find peace and reason for living, and aren’t a menace to those around them. If we accept the Bible as divine authority, then we should judge all religions by it.

Be careful of groups that claim to be the only true religion. They may quote verses from the Bible in their defense. They may twist the meaning of Scripture. Sometimes it is what they don’t say that proves them wrong. We need to interpret the Bible in the light of what the entire Bible says, and not just some verses. For example, it is possible to take some verses from the Bible and teach that salvation is by means of good works. There are other verses in the Bible that contradict that teaching.

How then can we know which religion has the truth? It is by means of reading the Bible. In Isaiah 8:20 we read “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” We can know, but it takes some effort on our part. As long as we are ignorant of what the Bible says we will never know which religion has the truth. When we read the Bible we need to keep in mind that the New Testament supersedes the Old Testament. The Old Testament was written for the Jews. Christ fulfilled the demands of the law regarding a sacrifice for sins. What the Old Testament says about moral principles hasn’t changed.

The truth is that there is no religious group that can honestly say they are correct on everything. By reading the Bible we can see which group is closest to the truth. There is considerable disagreement about some teachings in the Bible. They are not major teachings. Often they are interpretations about prophecy. Christians often agree to disagree on some matters. If a religious group professes to have all the truth they should be rejected because they are making a claim that can’t be proven. The ones who are most to be trusted are those who say, “As best we can, we follow the Bible, but we confess that we may be mistaken about some things.”

The truth is that your major concern need not be that of finding the religion that has the truth. Your greatest need is that of having the proper relationship with God. The Bible is sufficiently clear on that matter. We read that Christ gave his life on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He died to deliver us from the condemnation we are under because of our sins. John 3:18 says, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” When we come to God, repentant of our sins, and ask him for forgiveness, he applies the sacrifice of Christ to our account. Romans 5:9 says, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” God promises eternal life to those who are his. I John 5:11 says, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

What you need to do therefore, is to look for a church that clearly teaches and preaches the salvation message. It is abundantly clear in the Bible, but there are religions that preach that salvation is through the church or by human merit. Churches that teach that salvation is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) nearly always help people to grow in grace and knowledge as it says in II Peter 3:18. “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”

It will be a futile attempt if you try to find the religion that has all the truth because there is none. It is important to find a good church, but there are no perfect churches because churches are composed of people. There are no perfect people this side of heaven. The best churches are those that are composed mostly of people who have the right relationship with God and who are striving to have a better relationship with him. May God help you to be one of them.

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