PRETTY MUCH THE SAME…OR NOT?

PRETTY MUCH THE SAME…OR NOT?

Author David Platt, in his book, Radical, tells of standing outside a Buddhist temple in Indonesia.  He got into a conversation with two men – a Buddhist leader and a Muslim leader.  Both of them embraced what seemed to be a rather reasonable belief – that while there were superficial differences among the major religions, they all taught pretty much the same thing.

They asked Platt what he thought.  He said, “It sounds as though you both picture God…at the top of a mountain.  It seems as if you believe that we are all at the bottom of the mountain, and I may take one route up the mountain, you may take another, and in the end we will all end up in the same place.”

The Buddhist and the Muslim both said, “Exactly!  You understand!”

Platt leaned in and said, “Now let me ask you a question.  What would you think if I told you that the God at the top of the mountain actually came down to where we are?  What would you think if I told you that God doesn’t want people to find their way to Him, but instead He comes to us?”

They both thought for a bit and then answered:  “That would be great!”

Platt replied, “Let me introduce you to Jesus.”

The world’s wisdom routinely croaks that all religions lead to heaven, that they are all pretty much the same.  That may seem to be a happy and convenient sort of view.  But it is wrong – dead wrong!  The gospel is not about us climbing up to God.  It is about God coming down to us in the Person of the God-Man Jesus Christ.  It’s not about working off our wrongs, but about the blood of Jesus washing away our sins.  Jesus settled it once for all:  “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me” (John 14:6).