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Do all religions take us on the same path to God?

Here’s some insight from The Gospel according to Moses, by Athol Dickson:

For example, as I mentioned earlier, Christianity is radically different from all other religions in one important way: it teaches that its human founder is God. No other world-wide religion makes this claim. If it is true, the God/man idea gives a level of authority to everything Jesus taught that no other religion can match, and this includes his famous “I am the way” assertion. Understanding this Christian’s commitment to the one-way doctrine must begin by recognizing that we believe this teaching comes directly from the lips of God Almighty. Either Jesus is God, or he is not. I had better believe everything he has to say, including “no one comes to the Father except through me.” If Jesus is not God, Christianity is a farce at best and an abomination at worst.

Also, except for Judaism, most of the world’s great religions essentially ignore another Christian idea, the one called “grace.” …Jesus said we can do nothing to earn reconciliation with God, while Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims teach the exact opposite: that peace of salvation is available through the four noble truths of Buddhism, or the dharma of Hinduism, or the five pillars of Islam. Each of these paths involves human effort leading to a harmonious existence or to acceptance by God. But Jesus taught that acceptance by God leads to good works, not the other way around. The importance of this difference cannot be overstated. If Jesus is right, the Buddhist, Muslims, and Hindus are simply wrong about the path, and vice versa. There is no middle ground.

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