Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the objection, Quick Shot: “All religions lead to the same place.”
“Have you examined all religions, or are you making a broad assumption? Let me illustrate the point: If you’re hungry for homemade mushroom soup, you’re probably not going to go out and pick just any mushroom from your lawn. Why not? Some of these wild mushrooms look a lot like the kind you buy at the market. Both will fit nicely in your soup bowl, and both will satisfy your hunger. One, however (the one from your lawn), may be toxic. That’s why most of us are very discriminating when it comes to mushrooms. Several varieties lead to death. In a similar way, some religious worldviews are also toxic. They lead to spiritual death. Why would you be more discriminating about mushrooms than you are about spiritual claims? Wouldn’t you want to know the difference between these claims before treating them all the same?”
“Are you aware of the differences between the historic views of God? For example, Christians believe that Jesus is God, Jews do not. Both groups could be wrong, but they both can’t be right, given that their claims are contradictory. Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross and then rose from the grave. Muslims deny this claim. Again, both groups can’t be correct. Christians believe in a personal God, Buddhists are pantheistic and deny the existence of a personal God. Yet again, both groups could be wrong, but they both can’t be right. I could continue, but there’s really no reason. The major religious worldviews disagree far more than they agree. They could all be wrong, or one of them could be right. Why would anyone believe that all religions lead to the same place when none of them agree on essential claims?”
Our “Quick Shot” series was written specifically for the Cold-Case Christianity App (you can download it on Apple and Android platforms – be sure to register once you download the App). When confronted with an objection in casual conversation, App users can quickly find an answer without having to scroll beyond the first screen in the category. Use the App “Quick Shots” along with the “Rapid Responses” and Case Making “Cheat Sheets” to become a better Christian Case Maker.
For more information about the reliability of the New Testament gospels and the case for Christianity, please read Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. This book teaches readers ten principles of cold-case investigations and applies these strategies to investigate the claims of the gospel authors. The book is accompanied by an eight-session Cold-Case Christianity DVD Set (and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.
J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith, and creator of the Case Makers Academy for kids.
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