I’m going to ask you a question and it’s a big one.
If there is only one true God who created all things, and if he has established only one way that a person may acquire eternal life, and if the only way to the one true God and eternal life is through Jesus Christ, then why does God permit other religions to exist thereby deceiving millions of people throughout history, ending in their eternal condemnation?
Have you ever wondered why God permits other religions to exist? I recently read a book on this subject and was mostly disappointed with its ascertains. Like many Christians, from time to time I’ve wondered about this issue. If Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life then why does God permit other religions to exist? When you give it some thought doesn’t the existence of various contrary religions suggest that religion is a man-made venture and that God doesn’t really exist at all? Some lend support to this idea by noting that other major religions are usually tied to specific cultures around the world with specific histories. Generally speaking, Indians are Hindu, Arabs are Muslim, Africans are animists, Mongols are buddhists, Israelis follow Judaism, Chinese are Confucian, and so on. Doesn’t the idea of religions being tied to specific cultures demonstrate that those cultures created those systems as a way of relating to reality from their historical and cultural perspectives? In fact, I think a partial answer to that question is actually yes.