Do all religions lead to God?
Let’s look at this verse: “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. As you can see here, Jesus called himself ‘the Truth’.
However, in the same sentence He also referred to Himself as ‘the Way’, and ‘the Life’, and goes on to say that no-one comes to the Father except through Him. Jesus is claiming that He is the only truth, the only way to God the Father in heaven and the only one in whom life can be found. It is important to realise that Jesus is the place to start when it comes to truth, not just the destination.
Some think that all religions will eventually get you to God, but that is not what Jesus said. In fact, Jesus regularly claimed that religion would get in the way of finding him! The Pharisees were the most religious people around in Jesus’ day, they taught that in order to be favoured by God you had to keep all the rules. They actively sought to convert people to their religious way of thinking, but look what Jesus says about them in Matthew 23:15: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.” Here Jesus is very clear. Following the religion of the Pharisees does not lead people to Jesus, but rather it condemns them to hell. Some people think that Jesus was not nice speaking to them like this and that he should have been more tolerant.
So why does he speak so harshly? The answer is that Jesus really loves people and really does not want them to go to hell, so he warns them strongly to avoid those who teach falsehood. Religion like this - that says you can be saved by being good and keeping the rules - does not lead you to Jesus. All religions of the world teach this at a basic level. The truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is quite different. If you haven’t already, why not have a look at www.crosscheck.org.uk to see the unique claims He makes about how people can be saved?