There are some people who believe that all religions are true, meaning that whatever you believe is your own truth. It’s a nice thought, but is there anyway it could possibly be reality?
That’s the question Tim Barnett wanted to answer so he made a video to discuss the matter. He starts by asking, “Do all religions offer a piece of the truth?”
Of course that’s a little different than “are all religions true?” but it’s a good opening to acknowledge that all religions are at least aiming in the right direction. He mentions that many religions offer a version of the “golden rule” within their belief systems.
At closer look, Barnett says, world religions contain “superficial similarities” but “fundamental differences” when it comes to their foundational values and beliefs.
He uses the example of two identical looking steak dinners, but mentions one is sprinkled with arsenic. The idea here is to say all religion may look sort of the same, but there is only one that holds the actual truth — and it’s vital to your soul that you pick the right one. Even though the two dinners look the same, if one will kill you — it doesn’t matter.
“The important question is not, ‘do all religions have a piece of truth?’…The important question is ‘do all religions have a piece of the truth that really matters?” Barnett said.
It’s the “most critical issues” that matter, not the nice-ties that make religion appear universally good. Once you look deeper, you can easily see that all religions can no be true.
Why is that? Barnett says it’s because they “make contradictory truth claims.” For example, salvation cannot be by faith alone — and not by faith alone. Various religions believe both ideas, but only one can be true.
Do all religions offer a piece of the truth? Tim Barnett gives a "clear-thinking," insightful, perspective on the question.
Posted by Stand to Reason on Monday, August 21, 2017