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“There are many other fundamental differences (in the religions of the world). Hinduism itself contains adherents to virtually every opinion on the nature of God; a Hindu may be monotheistic, henotheistic, polytheistic, or pantheistic, depending upon his village or temple of origin. On the other hand, the three Western religions are strictly monotheistic. Both Buddhism and Hinduism teach reincarnation, a concept completely foreign to Christianity, Judaism (except among some fringe medieval mystics), and Islam. Many Buddhists and some liberal Jews actually deny the existence of God. And since Judaism and Islam bluntly deny Jesus’ divinity claim, either they are right and he is wrong, or vice versa. We cannot have it both ways.

These are not trifling variations or slippery paradoxes; they are fundamental differences, which prove it is no more possible for all the world’s major religions to be equally correct paths to God than it is possible to play baseball, football, and soccer simultaneously on one field. The ‘many paths’ of the world’s religions head for all points on the compass. Most of them say we can find our own way up to God. By contrast, Christianity and (to some extent Judaism say we must ask God to come down to us. Of course, Christianity and Judaism disagree on how and why God will honor that request. Either he will accept repentance, mitzvot, Torah study, prayer, and fasting as reparation for my sins, or he will accept Jesus’ death and resurrection. Again, it cannot be both. The words of Jesus do not allow that luxury.

In short, if I choose to believe there are many paths, at least one of those ways—the way of Jesus—is closed to me.”

From The Gospel according to Moses, by Athol Dickson

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