However, once again that is not accurate. If it persuades, it does so only because our experience has given it its persuasive power, but tomorrow our experience might be different.”, A quote often attributed to John Owen says, “Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice, and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers.”, What’s important to remember here is that the rejection of truth does not make truth any less true. Myth #3: All religions basically teach the same thing. This is a question that I am not qualified to answer, though it is a valid question. Christianity is not a religion, but a … – Published articles represent the views of the author and may not reflect the opinions of all contributors at Caldron Pool. Morality defined by the majority? It’s what gives us the ability to judge one culture from another, one action from another, one religion from another. Tim Staples • 11/19/2018 Download Share Catholic Answers Director of Apologetics and Evangelization, Tim Staples, offers advice on how to answer people who claim that all religions are equal. “All religions are the same”, is a statement of ignorance and a complete lie that we hear so often that it has become acceptable. And if all religions carry equal weight, then it’s easy to cobble together aspects of various religions to satisfy their preferences. “You say you believe that all religions are equally true, but you don’t believe that the Christian religion is correct in saying that Jesus Christ is the only objective means of salvation. And in much the same sense, Christianity remains true, whether it’s accepted or not. I believe that the Catholic Church possesses the fullness of the truth and other religions are wrong inasmuch as they disagree with that fullness.”. Even the Bible originates with the Poetic Genius; "The Jewish & Christian Testaments are An original derivation from the Poetic Genius." My premise is that the popular aphorism that 'all religions are fundamentally the same and only superficially different' simply is not true. Surprisingly, only twelve percent believe that only their religion is right. On a recent flight from Philadelphia to San Diego I had the following conversation with a woman—we’ll call her Mary—who believed that all religions were equal. Particularly in this age of ecumenism — a movement promoting worldwide unity among religions through greater cooperation and improved understanding — the tendency is to hold all religions in equal esteem and not risk appearing uncharitable by suggesting that any one is truer than all the rest. After all, she had just stated that all religions were equally true. And one very loud message in the West: don't judge, everyone is equal, all cultures are equal, all religions the same. Ravi Zacharias. Nearly three out of … It’s not hard to see why. Porn Is a Political Weapon: “Virtuous Men Are Hard to Get Shackles On”. (John 2:11) But do we really want to live in a society that is too afraid to embrace absolute truth? It is more correct to say that all religions are, at best, superficially similar but fundamentally different. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. Are all religions equal in a theological or metaphysical sense? Don't ask. “There are many religions,” he says. One quarter of Americans call themselves "spiritual 16 talking about this. This cannot be done with religion any more than it can be done with mathematics.”. Are all religions equal? This does not mean that there cannot be elements of truth in all religions but that all are not equally true. All Religions Are Equal “I suppose when it comes down to it,” Mary said, “the main thing is that people are sincere in what they believe. Everything published at Caldron Pool is protected by copyright and cannot be used and/or duplicated without prior written permission. It seemed that maybe all religions are not the same, equal, or one. Hard to sort through it all. If you reject cultural relativism, you should reject philosophical and religious relativism too. That’s where we are today. And as soon as you mention absolute truth, someone will cry, “Oh, but what about separation of church and state?” Apart from failing to understand what separation of church and state actually means, what is the alternative they’re actually proposing? To claim that all religions are essentially the same is to say that it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you're sincere —and this neglects the fact that you can believe something sincerely and be sincerely wrong. Although people are allowed to hold their own opinions, they cannot make up their own truth. Believing in Christ is clearly not the same thing as saying that all religions are one, or that all religions are the same, or that all religions are equally true. This is one example of why you can’t rationally affirm that all religions are equally true. 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