The individuals who believe in the all roads lead to heaven mantra see all religious beliefs as subjective truths; similar to choosing your favorite television program.They believe one person likes one religion and you like another; who are you to say their religion is wrong?It is like telling someone who watches the popular television program “Lost” is wrong for watching it. A statement like that seems completely out of place and rude.They say when it comes to religious faith to call someone’s belief wrong is to be intolerant and close-minded.The rallying cry of the person who believes all religions lead to heaven is, “Who are you to say?” The problem with this view lies in the fact that religious beliefs are objective in nature; they are a view of reality.Therefore, “who are you to say” is actually an attack on the person and not the idea.My standard reply is, “who are you to say, who are you to say?”This demonstrates how ridiculous the statement is.“Who am I to say? I am a person who holds an objective belief system, just like you and I have the right to hold my viewpoint and comment on others, just like you.” Since all religious truth claims are objective, the belief all roads lead to heaven is contradictory.Remember, if all roads lead to heaven, then all beliefs are true.This has two major problems:
1. If all views are true then Christianity is true.The Christian belief, Jesus is the only way to heaven, is therefore true.If Jesus is the only way to heaven, then all other religions are false.This contradicts the belief all roads lead to heaven.
2. The central doctrines of all beliefs contradict each other.
- Either God exists or He doesn’t exist.
- Either God is personal or He is impersonal.
- Christianity says Jesus is the only way to heaven, Muslims believe Allah is the only way heaven, and Hindu’s don’t believe in heaven and teach we all will experience reincarnation when we die.These different beliefs cannot all be right.
Therefore, since all religions teach contradictory beliefs they all cannot be true.A story is told of an East Coast pastor who began his sermon with the statement all religious beliefs are true.During the sermon a college student near the front squirmed in his seat as he listened to the pastor preach.At the end of the sermon, as the congregation was filing out the back, the pastor greeted them.The student tried to sneak out but the pastor stopped him and asked him where he was from?He said I am on break from a seminary in Bowling Green.The pastor asked what religious belief he was and the student said he’d rather not say.The pastor asked why not?The student replied I don’t want to offend you.“Oh son,” the pastor replied, “it doesn’t matter what your beliefs are, they are all true.So what do you believe?”The student said okay and whispered in the pastor’s ear, “I believe you are going to hell.”The pastor got red faced and said, I guess I made a mistake.All religious beliefs cannot be true, because yours certainly isn’t true! In summary, two contradictory beliefs cannot be true; either the atheist belief is true and there is no God or the person who believes in God is correct.They both can’t be right.Do all roads lead to heaven?Absolutely, not!