God & His Church

“All Religions Are (Not) the Same”

Have you ever heard of the Indian Elephant Analogy/Parable? It goes something like this:

An elephant was brought to a town one day filled with people who had never even heard of an elephant. Among the residents was a group of blind men. These blind men inspected the creature via touch.

The first person who touched the trunk said, “It is like a thick snake!”

The second person who touched the ear said, “No, it is like a large fan.”

The third person who clung to its leg said, “Not so, it is more of a tree!”

The fourth person who placed his hands on its side said, “Surely, it is like a wall.”

The fifth person who touched the tail said, “It is like a rope.”

The sixth and last person who rubbed its tusks said, “It is hard and smooth like a spear.”

This story was originally used to teach perspective but later it became known for explaining away various religions. Many people use this analogy to show that every different religion is like a different blind person. They only have a part of the story that is informed by their biases and they are all correct and incorrect to some degree.

However, this interpretation ignores the presence of the narrator who knows without a doubt that the creature is not a snake, or a fan, or a tree, or a wall, or a rope, or a spear. The narrator sees the entire picture and knows an elephant when he sees one.

All Religions Are The Same

The above phrase was intended to show tolerance to all religions. After all, we currently live in a world where everyone is right all of the time. We do not want to offend or hurt anyone’s feelings. However, this phrase “All religions are the same” is actually extremely offensive. In stating that all religions are the same, you take away the complexity, the authenticity, and the detailed nature of each religion and you offend those who practice it. Buddhism is not Hinduism, Hinduism is not Islam, Islam is not Christianity.

Every Religion Has a Different View of God & a Different View of Salvation.

I believe that there is in elephant in the room and that elephant is religion. All of the religions of the world attempt to understand that elephant. However, I stand by the idea that we have a narrator who depicts what true faith is and that narrator is Jesus.

John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

One of the major differences between Christianity and every other religion is that in other religion’s man is the hero. In Christianity, man is weak and God is the hero. Perhaps we do not like admitting our own weaknesses, but I can admit to mine.

It’s a large concept to grasp, I know. If you are interested in hearing a more in-depth discussion of this concept, I really encourage you to watch the video by Claude Hickman. He has traveled all over the world and studied all different kinds of religions:

I do believe that faith in Jesus is the only road to salvation.

However, please know that this does not mean that I do not love or respect others any less due to their religious beliefs. I share my faith because I believe that it brings about salvation and because I want everyone to have the opportunity to hear or read about the love of God at least once in their lives.

I am more than open to discussing my faith or your questions in the comments, but please remember I will never approve any hateful or derogatory comments.

 

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77 thoughts on ““All Religions Are (Not) the Same””

  1. Oh i agree with you ! All religions are not the same. But i can say that the monotheistic religions are similar.
    For instance, we muslims, loooooooovvvvveeee Jesus (peace be upon him), he is a mighty messenger of God. He is as much loved, respected and cherished as any other messenger God sent.
    But now the difference starts, we believe that God is the only saviour, while Christians believe that Jesus is a saviour too. 😁😉

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    1. I see what you’re saying but I do feel compelled to mention as a Christian that we do not believe that there are two Gods (God and Jesus) but rather that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all ONE, together they are one God. In my opinion if Jesus is not God as he claimed to be but only a messenger then how can he be good? He would be a liar and therefore not good.

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      1. the messengers of God are all good, otherwise God wouldn’t have chosen them. 😃
        Jesus is not a liar, but it is written in the Bible (if you want i can look up for the reference) very clearly that Jesus is NOT God.
        People have changed what he said 😞 as they did with Moses (peace be upon him) that’s why God sent Jesus after Moses.
        The human being is very rebel.😕
        Plus, as you know the Bible has been translated many times from Hebrew to Greek to Latin….. unfortunately translations aren’t always accurate most of all when they’ve been written centuries after Jesus’ departure. 😒

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        1. Jesus says several times, “I am the way” meaning that he is equal with God.
          Are you getting your references from the Quran or the Bible? If the later, I am interested in what reference you are referring to?
          Translations may not be accurate but when using the Hebrew it is clear that Jesus says time and time again that He is God.

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          1. Yes I’m referring to the Bible.
            I’ll gladly look for the reference 😁
            When someone tells you that he is the way “to Walmart”,he is NOT walmart, he’s the cab driver that will take you there, he’s your chauffeur that will take you in your limo, he’s the one who will point you toward walmart 😉

            Give me a few minutes to look it up

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            1. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This verse clearly relates Jesus to the “Truth,” This Hebrew word connecting him to the Word which is God. It also says he is the Life, no one is life but God, again connecting Jesus and God 🙂
              Also, I appreciate that we can have this conversation.

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              1. Jesus is one of God’s miracle. God wanted him to be, so he was. He is a life !
                He has shown his disciples the way to worship the Creator. He advised them, taught them. So as he said no one reaches “the Father” except by obeying God’s orders that Jesus transmitted. Jesus was truthful hence the Truth. 😃

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          2. here are a few examples that show that Jesus was as weak and with the lack of knowledge as any other human being:
            John 11:41-42 New International Version (NIV)
            41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

            John 5:30 New International Version (NIV)
            30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

            Luke 11:20 New International Version (NIV)
            20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

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            1. This is a difference of understanding. To me, these verses demonstrate Jesus’s strength and uniqueness. Again, the complexity lies in the fact that Jesus and God and the Holy Spirit are one. Jesus is granted strength through God, yes, because he demonstrates God true power.
              Consider this also, Jesus is the only “prophet” who NEVER argues or disobeys God because the relationship between God and Jesus is far different then any relationship between God and any other prophet.

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              1. For me a ship can’t have 3 capitans.
                a prophet never argues with the command of his Lord. Every messenger obeyed and had their own relationship with God. Moses spoke to God through the fire for instance. They were different but brought the same message

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                1. The thing is, the trinity is not three “captains” it’s still one captain.
                  Every messenger obeyed… eventually but they all failed once or twice. Moses disobeyed God And struck the rock. Samuel disobeyed God through the raising of his sons. Jesus never disobeyed never sinned never failed.

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                  1. Unfortunately for me saying that a God, a spirit and a human , are 1, is absolutely inconsivable! 3 are three. Jesus was born from her mother, he is human! He said so himself.
                    The spirit was the angel who brought news, and God the one who jesus refers to as the one giving him power. God is the star here not Jesus .
                    Please read the book i gave you , so many answers are in there

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                    1. 😨😲 a God with 2 heads… creepy.
                      Let me explain:
                      Let’s say that you’re an engineer, you build all types of machines. You’ve just built an mp3 player, do tell me, do you need to become an mp3 player to know how it works and what it needs?
                      You’re the mp3 builder, you KNOW what it is, what needs to be fixed. You don’t need to become one.
                      For God it’s the very same thing. He created us, He is all powerful, hence he knows all about us, He doesn’t need to transform himself into a human, neither he needs a human to become stronger. If you tell me that Jesus and God are one, it diminish the power of God. It means that God can’t be what He is without Jesus.
                      THAT is not acceptable for me. God is all powerful, all knowing, He doesn’t need us, but WE need Him. Jesus needed Him

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                    2. Still not a God with 2 heads, of a God with 3 heads.
                      God and the Holy Spirit and Jesus are separate as we understand them but they are one. Is it really surprising that our minds have a hard time understanding God’s immense power and complexity? Throughout the Bible, in Hebrew there are instances that clearly indicates the pronoun “we” when God is speaking about himself because God is three.

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                    3. 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄
                      Let me explain this:
                      God in the Quran, has given to himself 99 names. He always use “We ” when He refers to himself too. That doesn’t mean He’s 99 different entities. Among His names there’s : The generous, the kind, the forgiver, the all knowing, etc… this means He has 99 attributes, but still One God.
                      Now, when we’re invited to see the Queen of England, we speak to her with reverence. In English there is no plural for “You”, we can’t say Yous, We say You even for a Queen. Yet in other languages such in French we say “vous” which is the plural of “tu” (You), or in the Semitic languages such as Arabic and Hebrew, there is the “you” and there is the “yous”. When we speak to a semitic queen, we speak to her in “yous” as a mark of respect. You know what i mean. The same thing works for God. He treats himself of “We” as we should respect him addressing to Him as “Yous”. You understand what I mean don’t you? So if God says “we” in the Bible, He doesn’t mean He’s many, it’s a mark.of respect toward itself.

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                    4. No Kayla, the Queen is one, still we use a plural “you” when speaking to her. I know that in English it doesn’t exist, but it does in the semitic language. “We” is not a sign of many, it’s a sign of respect

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                    5. I believe this is where we will have to agree to disagree. God uses the noun ’elohîm (the plural in Hebrew) in Genesis 1:1 to describe himself(s). He is not granting himself respect, he is demonstrating the nature of the trinity.

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                    6. Dear Kayla, The name Elohim which has a masculine plural ending doesn’t mean Gods, since the name is used with singular verb, adjective and pronouns. It’s just a name like coffee, there is no plural form for it.
                      There is not a single unequivocal statement throughout the Bible, in all its 66 volumes of the Protestant versions, or in the 73 volumes of the Roman Catholic versions, where Jesus claims to be God or where he says “worship me”. Nowhere does he say that he and God Almighty “are one” and “the same person.”

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                    7. In John 10:30, Jesus says, “I and the Father are one.” He was clearly stating that they were one deity, you can tell this by how the Jews reacted by wanting to kill him.
                      John 10:33, the Jews hated him and said, “You, a mere man, claim to be God.”
                      There is no denying that Jesus claims multiple times that he is God and that he and God are onez

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                    8. When you say Son of God, that’s a horrible, disgusting thought. You’re turning God into a material being. If you think like that, it means that He has a body, hence a belly, legs, teeth, and “private parts” as well. That’s exactly what God said not to do, in the verses i gave you. Please Kayla, read the book whenever you have time. I’m sure that you’ll see God and Jesus in a very different way.

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                    9. I don’t think you understand me. I am not saying that God had sex with Mary.
                      However, Jesus very clearly states that he IS the Son of Man and the Son of God. He is God coming as Man to save the world. John 10:36.

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                    10. Two things happen here:
                      1/ God is not powerful enough to save the world from Heaven, he needs to become human to save us. Which brings God into a weak position, as he can’t take action from where He is.
                      2/Some ancient people took hold of God’s word to change it into theirs. As it is still happening nowadays. We can easily see that in the Bible’s Variations/translations. Some put brackets before a word, while others don’t.

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                    11. 1) God is powerful enough to subvert nature (because he created it). He is powerful enough to humble himself as a man to pay for man’s crimes. God is taking action from where he is. He is enacting our salvation.

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                    12. I’m sorry Kayla, but that’s absurd! It looks like God’s justice isn’t perfect and even wrong. If you were a judge, will you let a man guilty of assassination go free, while you punish an innocent one?? What kind of judge would do such a thing? Man’s crimes will be paid by Man.
                      Hell is for those who are guilty of crimes. Since the beginning of Christianity, the believers believed in Hell, unfortunately a few decades ago, the Church spread the word that Hell doesn’t exist.
                      Yes Kayla, God created Hell for those who will go to Hell. No one is forgiven l, no one will be forgiven for his crimes unless he asks God’s forgiveness

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                    13. Man is not powerful enough to pay for sin. We have sinned and the punishment for sin is death. There is nothing that mankind can do to erase our own sin. Only God is powerful enough to erase sin. Only God is powerful enough to pay the price. And only God offers salvation for everyone.
                      Hell does exist and everyone is destined for Hell because we are all sinners. However, everyone is offered to escape Hell and go to Heaven because of God, because of his sacrifice, because of his power, because of his love.

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                    14. Only God is powerful enough to erase sin, i agree. But He’s not guilty of OUR sins, we sinned , not Him. Why would He pay for something we’ve done. If we escape Hell, it will be for His kindness, His Love for those who asked for forgiveness. Nothing is free dear. If we don’t ask for forgiveness we won’t have it. There was no sacrifice. The pagans, believed in sacrifices , they offered their daughters and sons for some blurry god that didn’t even exist. This pagan tradition melted into Christianity centuries after Jesus’ departure. And so this thought remained in Christianity. For instance in some remote area of Africa, Christians still use African magic with their christian belief. Yes dear, Jesus was smart and a messenger of God, he knows that Hell awaits the sinners.

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                    15. God is not guilty, you’re correct. He paid for it because only HE is powerful enough to do so. By believing that we could pay for our own sins we are saying that we are more powerful than God which is not true. We ask for forgiveness through our faith in Jesus’s death and resurrection.

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                    16. Oh that’s pretty easy to answer! 😁😁😁😁

                      We have to see the context first, and we’ll read it together (thank God it’s a Sunday 😉):

                      Let’s go back a little and start at John chapter 10, verse23.

                      23 “and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.”. John, or whoever he was, who wrote this story, does not tell us the reason for Jesus tempting the Devil by walking alone in the lion’s den. (John 2:15).

                      24. “The Jews gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” They surrounded him. Brandishing their fingers in his face, they began accusing him and provoking him; saying that he had not put forth his claim plainly enough, clearly enough. That he was talking ambiguously.

                      25. “Jesus answered, I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me,”
                      26. “but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. as i said unto you” Jesus rebuts the false charge of his enemies that he was ambiguous in his claims to being the Messiah that they were waiting for. He says that he did tell them clearly enough, yet they would not listen to him, but:

                      27. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
                      28. “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
                      29. “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand..” .
                      How can anyone be so blind as not to see the exactness of the ending of the last two verses. . He is telling the Jews and recording for posterity, the real unity or relationship between the Father and the son. The most crucial verse:

                      30. “I and the Father are one.” . One in what? In their Omniscience? In their Nature? In their Omnipotence? No! One in purpose! That once a believer has accepted faith, the Messenger sees to it that he remains in faith, and God Almighty also sees to it that he remains in faith. This is the purpose of the “Father” and the “son” and the “Holy Ghost” and of every man and every woman of faith.
                      Let the same John explain his Gnostic mystic verbiage. “That they all may be one as thou. Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us…” “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one…”(John 17:20-22) If Jesus is “one” with God, and if that “oneness” makes him God, then the traitor Judas, and the doubting Thomas, and the satanic Peter, plus the other nine who deserted him when he was most in need are God(s), because the same “oneness” which he claimed with God in John 10:30, now he claims for all “who forsook him and fled” (Mark 14:50). All “ye of little faith” (Matthew 8:26). All “O faithless and perverse generation” (Luke 9:41). Where all this blasphemy end?
                      The expression “I and my Father are one,” was very innocent, meaning nothing more than a common purpose with God. But the Jews were looking for trouble and any excuse will not do, therefore,

                      31. “Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him,”
                      32. “but Jesus said to them, I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
                      33. “The Jews answered him, saying : ‘For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself a God.'”
                      In verse 24 above the Jews falsely alleged that Jesus was talking ambiguously. When that charge was ably refuted, they then accused him of blasphemy which is like treason in the spiritual realm. So they say that Jesus is claiming to be God “I and the Father are one”. The Christians agree with the Jews in this that Jesus did make such a claim; but differ in that it was not blasphemy because the Christians say that he was God and was entitled to own up to his Divinity. The Christians and the Jews are both agreed that the utterance is serious. To one as an excuse for good “redemption”, and to the other as an excuse for good “riddance”. Between the two, let the poor Jesus die. But Jesus refuses to co-operate in this game, so:

                      34. “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your Law, `I have said you are gods’?”
                      35. “If he called them `gods,’ to whom the word of God came –and the Scripture cannot be broken–,”
                      36. “what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, `I am God’s Son’?”

                      why does he say: “Your Law”? Is it not also his Law? Didn’t he say: “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law of the prophets: I am come not to destroy, but to fulfill (the Law). For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass away, one Jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:1718). “You are gods:” He is obviously quoting from the 82nd Psalm , verse 6, “I have said, ye are gods: and all of you are the children of the most High.” Jesus, continues: “If he (i.e. God Almighty) called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (meaning that the prophets of God were called ‘gods’) and the scripture cannot be broken…” (John 10:35), in other words he is saying: “you can’t contradict me!” Jesus knows his Scripture; he speaks with authority; and he reasons with his enemies that: “If good men, holy men, prophets of God are being addressed as ‘gods’ in our Books of Authority, with which you find no fault, then why do you take exception to me? When the only claim I make for myself is far inferior in our language, ‘A son of God’ as against others being called ‘gods’ by God Himself. Even if I (Jesus) described myself as ‘god’ in our language, according to Hebrew usage, you could find no fault with me.”

                      Do you understand now?

                      If we pay for our own sins, it means we are as every other human being who goes to court to be judged for a felony. Are you saying that all those who go to trial are more powerful than the judge? Come on Kayla, judged are the guilty not the powerful. God is innocent from our mischievous acts, he is our judge and we’re merely the guilty

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                    17. “He is telling the Jews and recording for posterity, the real unity or relationship between the Father and the son.” <—- exactly between the Father and the Son who are one. Even as I read your words I can see how close you are to understanding that Jesus is unlike everyone else in his unity with God. He did come to fulfill the Law unlike any other prophet could because of his holiness.

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                    18. It doesn’t mean that both are Gods, or that both make One. Dear, those verses are very clear. It shows that Jesus is just the messenger, the voice, the word that God wanted to send. Jesus was the “tool”

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                    19. It is also clear to me that they are one. At this point I believe we will have to call it. We are Unable to sway the other and I do not want this conversation to turn bitter. Thank you for an delightfully polite conversation about God.

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                    20. My pleasure talking to you Kayla. 😊
                      Yes we disagree on many points, that’s what makes or religion different.
                      We believe that all humans are sinners , because we’re humans and not perfect . But God forgives the one asking for forgiveness,He’s the merciful. No need for sacrifices, people used to make sacrifices before the coming of Islam, but then God forbid it. We used to have hundreds of Gods in Mecca which brought a lot of money into town, but then we understood that One God is more useful and powerful than many.
                      In the Quran God says “do not say three” ’cause it’s a blasphemy putting other Gods with Him, so does the Bible.
                      I hope that you’ll read the book I gave you, because it is very interesting 😏 .
                      Good day Kayla , see you around the blog

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                    21. When God says “we” it’s just a mark of respect. God doesn’t speak with ambiguity , He would have clearly said ” I am three” or ” I am many “. No, He didn’t , He clearly said in the Exodus that he’s One, and the only one to be worshiped

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                    22. Perhaps it’s a contradiction to our minds but again, God is way beyond our understanding. It should not be surprising that it’s hard to wrap our minds around God

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                    23. There is something I’ve missed here….
                      You said that “we have sinned and tge punishment for sin is death”??
                      That’s atrocious ! Is it God’s law you’re talking about or Men’s?
                      Surely not God’s ! To steal is a sin, to testify falsely it’s a sin, to kill too….
                      Poor child that just stole an apple!
                      Poor man who testified falsely to save his son’s crimes!
                      It seems that we’re more guilty than the accused.

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                    24. “We” = mankind. Every single person on this earth was born into sin and has sinned at one point or another because of our innate nature. God’s law says “the punishment for sin is death.” This is why Jesus died to pay the price for our sins.

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              1. I know this is random, but I enjoyed reading this interaction and appreciate your respectfulness though you do not agree! It seems that so many people find that impossible. If I may add, briefly, Jesus did say “I and the Father are one” “If you have seen me you have seen the Father” also, God did speak of himself in the plural in Gen. 1. An echo of that trinitarian voice is in John 1:1 “Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος.” In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Also, a very powerful spot here as well, the disciples worshiped Jesus. If Jesus was merely a messenger then God would have fired him right there for not protesting to such action. This could go deeper, but this makes the “Jesus is not God” argument extremely hard if he is held up as a great teacher. Blessings on you both!

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                1. I have to agree with you 100% on everything you just said! It is hard for many people to have these conversations without plunging into disrespect but Novus and I are friends and I believe that friendship allows us to speak our minds without descending into rudeness. If only everyone could interact with one another about there differences like this.
                  Good point! He accepts and encourage worship because he is God.

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  2. Love the verse! And you’re right, each religion has a different perspective on faith. And that’s why I choose Christianity, because it teaches people are weak, but God is powerful. For in God we found define our identity and become discipline to live in this world.
    Thanks for this post!

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  3. I agree that ‘All religions are not same.’ but I guess your analysis of the fact that other religions don’t show that man are weak or the fact that man becomes God is wrong. I can’t speak for other religions but in Hinduism, we have a holy book called Mahabharat, which clearly shows how man are weak and often get influenced by situations. Also in our religion we have three main God, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara who are considering above all. Every other God is a reincarnation of them and there in man’s world to fight evil.

    My point being, you are well aware of your religion but aren’t as much of others, which is understandable. But every religion has their own way and their own stories. I urge you to not come to a conclusion when you are not fully informed. Plus Hindu mythology is crazy deep and big. Even I, as a Hindu has never heard all of it.

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    1. I understand what you’re saying. Let me ask you something. In Hinduism, the key belief in reincarnation is based on man’s acts? Meaning, the level of reincarnation is based on their good deeds or karma?

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      1. Look, I’m no expert in Hinduism, and like I said our mythology is crazy big. But reincarnation of God usually comes when their is absolute evil, that needs to be eliminated. When people are in pain because of it. Best example is lord Krishna. He was born to guide the mankind to better life. To make them understand the meaning of life. To eradicate hatred. Even though stopping evil was the reason, he played a very big role in making people understand Karma and how it affects you.

        All I’m saying is everything you pointed out about Jesus and what he taught is true for our religion as well. They way you see him as one true God, we have our own as well. That every religion might be different in their approach( hence the difference), teach the same thing. Because everything you said about Jesus, and how you feel about him, is exactly how we feel about our God’s and our religion.

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        1. I wasn’t asking about reincarnation of God, I’m talking about human reincarnation. Correct me if I’m wrong please, but in Hinduism, when you die you are reincarnated based on your own actions and karma? So if you led a good life you have a better reincarnation?
          But does Krishna have a way to save people from their own sin or just to continue to encourage them to be good?
          Does Hinduism teach that mankind is evil and that our salvation is dependent on God’s sacrifice?

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          1. No it doesn’t. In Hinduism, we believe we are responsible for our own actions. God can guide us to be better, inspire us to stay in right path and if we do wrong punish us. In our religion, God’s way of saving us is not sacrificing himself but being reincarnated in a man’s body so that our deeds don’t go so horribly wrong that we have to suffer deeply. Our salvation is dependent on our own deeds and God ensures that we stay in the right path so that we lead a better life in present and future reincarnations.

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            1. “our salvation is dependent on our own deeds” – this is how I am suggesting that man is the hero and God is not. According to my understanding of what you’re saying, man is responsible for his own salvation, making him more powerful than gods who can only guide and inspire.

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    1. Let me rephrase, man is hero in the sense that man controls their own salvation. Some religions like Hinduism and Buddhism believe in karma, or the idea that our actions in this life determine our next life or after life. “Man is the hero” meaning that man, not God, bring salvation.

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    2. Or; even in Greek mythology, they had gods and demi-gods who they considered “hero’s” but many scholars continue to note that these gods and demi-gods were more like hyperbolic representations of man’s greatest strengths and weaknesses. Plus, through their sacrifices they could persuade the gods to do what they wanted

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      1. My apologies, I commented, but then realized that there was already this question out there. As I noted there, Judaism and Islam both have a powerful monotheistic god that is the hero. Christianity is slightly different, sure. It wouldn’t be a different religion if it weren’t different. But this is a weird assertion, and demonstrably false.

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  4. “One of the major differences between Christianity and every other religion is that in other religion’s man is the hero.”

    That is not only not true, it almost seems like you went out of your way to make something up. Certainly, Judaism and Islam hold that god is the hero, but so do the Greek religions, Norse religions, Hindu religions, etc. What religion holds that man is the hero?

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    1. Hello, I did not go out of my way to make something up and as you might be able to see, I welcome discussion but not rudeness.
      To answer your question, what I mean by this statement is that other religions hold man as hero in the way that man is able to save himself. Whether that’s with Greek mythology or Islam, these religions suggest that man can bring about their own salvation through actions. I’m mythology, men gave sacrifices right? In more modern day religions, man can justify their salvation through their own works and good deeds.
      However, in Christianity, while we are expected to do good, we understand that there is no way that our deeds could earn our own salvation. We believe that the only thing we can do is to put our belief in God and only God can offer that salvation, we cannot force it through sacrifices or good deeds.

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        1. I think the biggest difference between Islam and Christianity (in reference to our discussion) is the belief about sin. In Islam, “sin” is not present until adolescent, in Christianity, we are sinful since conception because sin is human nature. By us accepting that we are born with sin, we automatically accept that we cannot save ourselves. It’s only through the Grace of God.

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  5. What a thoughtful post! I hold an M.A. in Religion from CGU, so faith is definitely a subject that has been an obsession of mine. I was raised in an evangelical household, and I’m currently in the process of becoming a Catholic — so that should tell you what team I’m on.

    However, I don’t think it’s accurate to say that other religions don’t take human weakness into account. The explicit meaning of Islam, for example, is “submission.” Here’s a verse from the Qu’ran:

    “God would make the burden light for you, for the human being was created weak.” (Quran 4:28)

    And here’s my source: https://www.islamreligion.com/articles/10957/human-being-was-created-weak/

    In terms of trinitarianism — it’s really not present in Judaism, Islam, or the Baha’i faith. It’s foreign to all Abrahamic religions, with the exception of Christianity. I think this is part of what makes Christianity unique and beautiful (and true), but I think it’s necessary to reckon with the fact that many respectable readings of Hebrew scripture are quite unfavorable to a trinitarian worldview.

    I really don’t have any answers, but I was grateful to read your post, and I’m excited to participate in this discussion. For me, the truth of Christianity can’t be rationally communicated — I feel it in the mass, and in scripture, and when I pray the rosary. I don’t know too much about Islam (or about anything else, for that matter), but another verse from the Qu’ran comes to mind:

    [22.17] Surely those who believe and those who are Jews and the Sabeans and the Christians and the Magians and those who associate (others with Allah)– surely Allah will decide between them on the day of resurrection; surely Allah is a witness over all things.

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    1. Hello there and welcome! Of course, I would agree that other religions take human weakness into account, but I would still argue that Christianity holds it most accountable. In my discussions, Christianity still holds that all (even children) are sinners, once we are conceived we are sinful because of our nature. And Christianity holds that we cannot do anything to rid ourselves of our sin accept through Christ’s sacrifice, placing all of the power and glory on God for saving us where we could not succeed on our own.

      I know the trinity will always be contested but it is such a crucial part of the Christian faith.

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  6. This is a new way to see religions. Thank you for sharing it. But I think that religion is a way of living a style not a way to explain everything. I prefer to use other ways to explain life if I get stuck and can’t find an answer I just try to find the answer in religion. Yes most of us lived in religious families or went to churches or temples and get in touch with some beliefs that shaped somehow their character . but we have to admit that at certain age or at certain moments we just stop thinking in a passive way and try to ask questions. Some people just ignore those questions because it may lead them to the path of evil as they may question the devine word. But seem keep asking and still have different paths. Some believe in a god but no religion some don’t belive in religion and god some belive in religion and god but in a different perspective some create a new religion. Personally I believe this is just a way to understand the freewill we have. But still I don’t believe that we have the right to judge another person based on their beliefs as you are going to judge not the religion but their way of thinking which is no one’s interest.

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    1. Hey Sam, of course everyone is welcome and entitled to their own opinion. Luckily we are all given free will by God and freedom of belief (in most countries at least) to make our own decisions. For me, it’s not a matter of preference but a matter of what I believe to be absolutely true.
      I believe that while we do not have the right to judge each other, God has every right to do so. I also think there is a different between not agreeing with someone’s actions and judging them. Our world often blurs these lines causing insult where it was often not intended, but like I said, we all are going to have our own opinions.

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      1. Well. That’s true some people who believe in some ideas or religions take it too personal when you just discuss them about a religious point and they judge you because of that instead of giving arguments and open up their mind into a way to find God.

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