A guest post by Jordan Esmay
A friend of mine who was visiting this weekend told me about a conversation she was having with her coworkers about religions/philosophies. The conversation was basically the same as many that I have had before. Once into a conversation on religion or philosophy and how truth is tied into it, someone usually makes a comment such as, “How can you claim to know everything” or “there are many paths up the same mountain” or “everyone looks to the same god, but with a different perspective” or retell the story about four blind philosophers wandering into the field, touching an elephant, and each stating it is something different. These statements are supposed by the person stating them, that they are not only arguments but good ones. Of course, these are not always the responses to the Christian, but they have been extremely common to me; coming from junior high students to college professors and “pastors”.
The problem that lies in these arguments is that the person making them is appealing to objective reality to say that they know that we cannot know. No one is claiming to know everything, just something. There are not many paths up the same mountain; people make extremely polar statements that cannot be reconciled anywhere or ever and most definitely can not go up the same mountain of truth…claims will either go up that mountain or fall to their death. To state that everyone religion is worshiping the same god is downright offensive to everyone on the planet (and astronauts). The claims of religions are separate and distinct at their core, albeit may have some superficial similarities.
If you haven’t guessed yet, I am more of a “discuss in the comments section”. That’s why my posts are fairly loose.