“All Roads Lead to God” isn’t as nice or humble as it sounds
Saying that “all roads lead to God” sounds nice.
Saying that “all roads lead to God” sounds humble.
You see it this way, I see it that way.
All the roads on this mountain lead to the same place.
Saying “all roads lead to God” makes God into a small and weak God that is unable to reveal himself in a personal way. So right off the bat, all roads no longer lead to God, all roads lead to a small, weak God unable to tell people who he is in a way they’ll get it. If you believe in a large, almighty God who is able to reveal himself to the people he created, sorry you’re out of luck, there’s no road on this mountain for you.
Saying “all roads lead to God” turns God into a jerk. If he’s not too small and weak to reveal himself to us in a personal way, then he’s too big of a jerk to do so. He’s disinterested and enjoys watching us fumble around in the dark in isolation. If you believe God would desire to love us personally, telling us about himself and letting us know him deeper and deeper in intimacy, as well as be loved personally by us in relationship, then again sorry you’re out of luck, there’s no road on this mountain for you.
You’d never tell your college professor that all answers on the final exam lead to the right answer, yet you do this with destination of your eternal life!
Personally, I’d much rather go to bat and swing and miss then never even step up to the plate.
Saying “all roads lead to God” insults every single person in history who has taken a stand for what they do believe. Why in the heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeck would Jesus have came to earth from heaven and die on the cross for our sins, if all roads already led to God? Why would people have died to preserve the Bible if all roads already led to God? Why would people have chosen God knowing their family would disown them, if all roads already led to God?
The idea that it’s bad to be exclusive is extremely barbaric. Pluralism is pretty much equivalent with anarchy. “Do whatever you want, it all leads to God.” No thank you. I want a God who is exclusively against rape, exclusively against child sacrifice, exclusively against sex slavery, exclusively against oppression, and exclusively against a whole bunch of others things, especially the deceptive selfishness that riddles my heart. You can keep your barbaric inclusivism that would allow for all these things.
“All roads lead to God” is not nice. It’s a cop-out to be your own god. It’s a cop-out to get to do what you want with no accountability to anyone. It’s a public admission that you believe you are the supreme authority on all things. “All roads lead to God” is not humble. An admission that I am God is the most arrogant statement a person can ever make, bar none.
The only thing true about “all roads lead to God” is that it is not many roads; it is one singular, wide, very easy to follow road that leads to a very specific, very particular, very exclusive god: you.
If you want to worship that god, you are allowed to do that. But please stop equating that god as the same thing as my God and then acting like the rest of us need to follow that equation.
“Oh I’d never say you need to do that or need to do anything, that’s the beauty of pluralism!”
You just did it again.
Please re-read this article and then once and for all, stop saying that your god is the same as my God.
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