In this new postmodern era we here a common phrase of all religions are the same or they all generally have the same doctrines. This is such a mistake in reasoning and shows the intelligence of people in the postmodern era of their knowledge of religions and philosophy.
There’s a major logically fallacy to this belief and it is the fact that it breaks the law of non-contradiction which states the two things the contradict each oher can’t both be true. For example, you can’t have a married bachelor because that’s a logical absurdity. Another simple example would be 2+2=4 or 2+2=5 would be contradictory statements and both can’t be true. Either 2+2=4 is correct, 2+2=5 is correct, or their both wrong. Obviously 2+2=4 would be the correct statement and just ask any postmodernists if 2+2=4 is a fact and if they do then they contradict their own beliefs. I will save postmodernism for another video and article for another time.
The law of non-contradiction applies to religions as well. Either there all wrong or one is correct if they contradict. I would figure most Atheists would agree with theists on this point, but of course they would say that all religions are inaccurate. Let’s go through same basic beliefs that are taught in most of the major religions and see if they contradict.
First off, there are three monotheistic religions and 2 pantheist religions which already answers the questions by showing that 3 agree on one view of God, but they disagree on the characteristics of God which means they already contradict. This is already a big difference and shows that with basic research you can disprove the claim with a couple of sentences. Let’s go through the monotheistic religions first to show how they contradict.
Christianity teaches that Jesus he is the only way, the truth, and the life. While Islam teaches that those who believe in Jesus as the savior our condemned for not believing that Prophet Muhammad has delivered the final message for salvation which is excluded from belief in Jesus. Christianity teaches that Christ was Crucified while Islam teaches that he was not and Allah brought him to Heaven. The both however agree with the Virgin Birth which puts Islam in a weird position. Judaism rejects Jesus as the Messiah and believe that the Messiah has not come yet. Christians and Jews basically believe in the same God of the Old Testament. The New Testament expands on the nature of the God of Abraham. There are also contradictory characteristics of the God of the Bible and the God of the Quran. The God of the Bible is Forgiving and the God of the Quran is not. Also Christianity teaches that God is a trinity while Islam forbids belief in the trinity because they teach Allah is only God. There are many more views that you can research for yourself that show that all three major monotheistic religions contradict beliefs.
In the two major Pantheistic religions we get to different views of the universe. While Hinduism does believe in many Gods, Buddhism doesn’t really teach in the existence of God rather that nature just is. Hinduism teaches a caste system and reincarnation beliefs while Buddhism does not. Buddhism teaches that one must reach nirvana while Hinduism does not. Both teach that suffering is illusory so there’s a similarity. These Pantheistic religions have contradictory views that show that both of them can’t be true. Again, either one is right or there both incorrect.
Now what are the contradictory views of these Pantheism and Monotheistic religions. Pantheism teaches that the Universe is God and its divinity is in nature and is an impersonal force. While Monotheism Teaches that God is separated from the Universe since God Created the Universe. His divinity is in the nature of his being and that he is a very personal God. Theists would also say that God’s divinity is displayed through his creation as well. Pantheism teaches that evil is illusory while monotheism teaches that it is very real. Theses to views on reality obviously differ and all can’t be the same.
What’s self-defeating to the postmodernists is the fact that all these religions claim to be the only way to salvation. Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, and the life. Islam teaches to be the absolute truth along with Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and every other religion. The fact that all religions claim to be true shows that postmodernists are being intellectual lazy when it comes to looking up facts about religion. Post modernism itself is just intellectual laziness by just saying we're all right so we don’t have to think about what reality really is. Again if all religions claim to be the only way then they are all either wrong or one is right.
Another point I’d like to address is the fact that Christianity teaches that you can’t earn your way to heaven while all the other major religions teach that you must work your way for salvation. In the Christian view we see that we are sinful, but it shows the love of God by sending his son to die for our mistakes that we can have a relationship with the creator of the cosmos. Christ taught that he has not come to be served, but to serve to show his love for us. We could not earn salvation, so he earned it for us is. This is the basic message of the Christianity to show how that all good God save his lost creatures that he allowed to have freedom of the will. C.S Lewis put I best: there are two types of people in the world those who say to God your will be done and those who say my will be done. Since God has allowed free will we have misused it, but he somehow still forgives and loves us. This is the biggest difference between Christianity and the other main religions in the world.
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