All Religions Are A Path To God

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In recent years Pope Francis sparked a bit of controversy among the more stiff necked black and white Catholics about the differences in religions as being a path to the Lord. I’d like to explore that now.

Jesus says that he is the way the truth and the life. While that is correct, it means the path to Salvation and truth, not exactly the only path to Jesus Himself. All religions around the world are a path to God in the sense that they show mankind as being on a journey, perhaps not the complete path, but nevertheless a way to Christ.

Peoples desire to worship God or multiple gods or even worship each other as they do with celebrities is proof that the path they’re on is one towards God. Unlike Atheism, people who are religious and spiritual are off to a good start. That’s how St.Paul treated the pagans who worshipped this statue and a god who had no name.

He saw that they were off to a good start and he decided to let them know that while they indeed worshipped God (acknowledging they were on a path to Christ) he wanted to show them who exactly that God was and help them reach their destination. He didn’t change the path to God they were on but simply narrowed it down for them and gave them the right tools to get to Jesus and be saved.

St.Paul didn’t say “You’re on the wrong path” only that, “What therefore you worship, without knowing it, that I preach to you:”

For passing by, and seeing your idols, I found an altar also, on which was written: To the unknown God. What therefore you worship, without knowing it, that I preach to you:

Acts:17:23

St.Paul actually said they were worshipping Jesus in whatever limited ability Christ gave them. What he did was he tweaked it a little bit for them. This morning I took out my radio and although the station was coming through and the music could be heard, it needed a little tweaking or tuning before it became clear. “There we go” I said to my son, “It’s much clearer now”.

I like to think of the major religions of the world like Islam and Judaism etc as being similar to a radio not quite in tune yet. Gods Holy Spirit can be seen at work through many of these religions. Their desire to worship and religious behavior is a reflection of God Himself. In other words the music is there.

All that is needed is to tune it some more so that Christ (the music) can be heard and it becomes clear to them exactly what it is they’re worshipping. You see, in their error they have mislabeled the song as something else. It’s an easy mistake to make when the sound is muffled, right? The soul is like a radio to God and through no fault of our own, our gift of free will and original sin muffle the sound of truth.

And because God will not impose himself upon us or violate that free will, the sound of the music he makes is not as clear as we’d like it to be. Therefore we end up listening to something and saying, “Sounds like Bob Dylan singing” until someone comes long to make a correction, “Here let me tune that for you”. “Ah wait, now I know who it is. It’s actually Tom Waits. Easy mistake to make, right? I was close wasn’t I? Thanks for the help”

All religions are close and a path to God in that sense but as for salvation well only Jesus is the Way, the truth and the life. All of us baptized Christians are called to go to the ends of our communities and the earth to spread that word and help fine tune what it is people already worship. Our mission is even to baptized Catholics who tend to worship their own version of the faith accepting this doctrine and rejecting the other. Even they need their blurry image of Christ fine tuned.

Therefore when the Vatican comes out and makes these statements it’s easy to see how small minded souls perceive it as being in error. As much as the Pope would like to be able to cover his tracks he can’t do it with everything. Sometimes people are responsible for doing their own research on the subject and to better catechize themselves on these important topics.

Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and the many Christian denominations not to mention Catholics are on a path to Christ. It is our responsibility to help them fine tune what it is they worship and to narrow it down for them. That’s the calling of the evangelist. Our calling is not to say you’re on the wrong pah. Our vocation is to imitate Paul as he imitated Christ and to join in with St.Paul letting them know they’re off to a good start by saying, What therefore you worship, without knowing it, that I preach to you.

Yes, God can speak to us through other religions. After all if he can speak through the mouth of a Donkey in the Old Testament why not that of a Philistine, Assyrian, Babylonian, Islamic teacher, Buddhist practitioner or a protestant Christian pastor? Christ is always in our midst no matter what religion it is. We do them a great service when go into their midst with Christ and help them fine tune that radio they’re listening to.

14 thoughts on “All Religions Are A Path To God

  1. God has no religion and you will not find the word ‘RELIGION’ in the Four Gospels, which means Yashua Messiah (Jesus Christ) did not come to this earth in order to start a religion, nor did He instruct His Learners (disciples) to do so either.

    ALL RELIGIONS are hu-man made in order to deceive mankind.

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    1. Hi there, Thanks for the comment. The Bible is not restricted to the Gospels only. The word of God is found also in the entirety of the new testament. In that new testament the letter of Saint James we read about religion.

      James 1:26

      If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

      James 1:27

      “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James:1:27

      The word religion is certainly a part of Gods vocabulary.

      God bless,
      Stephen

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      1. It is restricted when ALL the teaching of The Messiah does not include that of starting a religion. Feel free to point it out if you can as I am always ready to be persuaded.

        James was mocking religion, not sending it up. Tell me, what is religious about looking after orphans and widows? Christian work is not religion.

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      2. The teaching of the Holy Spirit is not confined to the four Gospels. The word of God and his teaching includes the new testament.

        Far from mocking religion it is clear that James is telling us what true religion actually is.

        God bless.

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      3. The foundational core of the New Testament is Yashua Messiah’s teaching to His 12 Learners (disciples) where you will need to provide evidence that He sent them forth to start a religion.

        If you cannot do that then perhaps Paul can come to your rescue.

        James was being sarcastic in his delivery and mocking those that put their faith in useless religion.

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      4. Your problem is that you cannot even find in the scriptures where it says that all truth is to be found in the Gospels alone. The teaching of the Holy Spirit is not confined to them, it’s really a simple concept for those who accept the word of God.

        It’s quite clear that James is not mocking religion but promoting it by letting us no what it actually is. This is the conclusion anyone who objectively reads the text will see. What you’re doing is imposing upon scripture what you want it to mean but it isn’t there. Read the text for what it is.

        God bless

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      5. I didn’t say ALL TRUTH was to be found in the Gospels alone, I said the foundational core of The New Testament is found in the Gospels within Yashua Messiah’s teaching and NOWHERE does He utter the word RELIGION, nor does He instruct His Learners (disciples) to go off and start a RELIGION. Why would He when RELIGION was solely the domain of the satanic Pharisees and Sadducees!?

        Likewise in Paul’s epistles there are no examples of him starting a RELIGION. Same with Peter and the Book of Hebrews.

        ALL you have are two insignificant verses where James is mocking religion sarcastically. If James is promoting it, was it his little hobby horse only? For no one else is!!

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      6. No, the foundational core of Jesus teaching is the entire Bible and most especially the new testament. You can call James promotion of religion as insignificant all you like but it’s there in black and white and is the inspired word of God. Whether or not you like it the Bible doesn’t have to repeat something more than once in order for it to be true. Here St.James makes it clear he is promoting religion. Anyone who reads the text objectively will see he’s not mocking the term religion.

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      7. Nonsense. The New Covenant (Testament) replaced the Old Covenant (Testament) rendering the Old Testament a just a reference book about Israel and their failures to keep The Law, which Yashua Messiah then used to demonstrate the reasons why He had to come and how it prophesied His coming.

        The New Covenant was all about love of God and love of neighbour and NOTHING to do with RELIGION.

        RELIGION is the satanic handiwork of Hellenising philosophers in the mid to late first century who originally came out of Alexandria (disciples of Philo) and hijacked the church polluting it with religious form and ritualistic garbage. This counterfeit construct was then cemented by the murdering butcher Constantine in 325 AC at the Council of Nicea.

        True Christianity is The WAY – a way of life and NOT A RELIGION. I will therefore repeat: If Yashua Messiah had wanted a RELIGION He would have instructed His Learners in its ways and customs, but He did NOT, for He NEVER UTTERED the word RELIGION. Now let that sink in whilst you hang on to your two irrelevant straws from the Book of James which you have also misinterpreted.

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      8. Hi there, your problem is you can’t find any scriptures that actually agree with your theology on religion. None of the four Gospels agree with you because your teaching isn’t there. The teaching in St.James is there which makes Gods support for religion very clear. By calling it insignificant you belittle the word of God. You should know better than that surely?

        You can’t find anyone from the time of the Church independent of the Bible that agrees with your theology why? Because the first Christians were Catholic that’s why. You also have to explain why it is you say only all truth can be found in the Bible alone while you desperately try to look for truth outside of it claiming that Religion is the work of Philosophers. You can’t do that, you’ve got to show me from the “Bible alone” all your truths and doctrines.

        Good luck with that.

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      9. LOL since when have Catholics ever used a Bible? Hilarious beyond measure.

        Now here’s The Truth. YOU cannot find any Scriptures in the bulk of the New Testament to support the reason for your satanic Religion. Which I have already proven.

        The word ‘religion’ can only be found 5 times in the Holy Scriptures, two of which you have used and failed to make your case. I will now show that the other three uses are a reference to satanic negativity:

        Acts 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

        Saul the satanic Pharisee with his RELIGION.

        Galatians 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

        Pharisee Jews and their satanic RELIGION. Persecutors of and murderers of Christians – a forerunner of popery.

        Galatians 1:14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

        Saul PROFITED from his satanic RELIGION just like money making, money laundering Rome.

        No luck required at all.

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      10. Oh you mean the Gospels that were selected and compiled by the Catholic Church at her councils in the first few centuries? Do you think the Bible you hold magically fell out of the sky and compiled itself? You use scriptures to demonstrate distaste about religion but those verses do not actually say there’s no such thing as religion but simply mention religion. There’s nothing there that explicitly says in the text that theres no such thing as religion. All you’ve done is come along and rather than read the text for what it literally says imposed your own view on it.

        Also where you run into problems is that James promotes religion in his epistle and makes explicit what it really means to be religious. Can truth contradict truth? No, of course not. Now go away with your nauseating heresy that has no basis either in scripture or history.

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      11. The Latin Vulgate is simply a translation from the Bible compiled by the Catholic Church centuries earlier at her councils into Latin nothing more. As for your link I’ve no desire in visiting it. I’ve posted no links because I’m capable of arguing my position. You on the other hand have proven that you’re an absolute loser who can’t argue his position so he resorts to googling everything and posting links to pages. You’ve proven only one thing here today, and that is you’re not ready to hear the truth because you firmly believe you’ve already found it. There’s no way I’ll be able to convince you of anything because what blinds you is not logic but pride.

        Have a good day. This will be my last comment to you, I can only now include you in my evening prayers and entrust you to the mercy and grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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