It is common for people to believe that all faiths are essentially the same with a few differences. Some have described the various world religions like various paths leading up the same mountain – each coming from a different place, but all leading to the same location. But is it true that all roads lead to God?
I read a very helpful post by Pastor Thomas Overmiller in New York City recently that addresses this very question. I felt that he did a very good job answering this question from the Bible. Here are the first couple paragraphs, and I’d encourage you to click the link to read the rest of the article.
To go somewhere, you need the right directions. This is especially true in a place like New York City, a tangled sprawl of highways and exits, roads and intersections, bridges and ferries, subway lines and trains, buses, taxis, Lyfts, and Ubers in every direction. Without the right directions or a functioning GPS, you will easily lose your way, lose time, and arrive at a wrong or dangerous place. Do you know the feeling?
More important than having the right directions to a physical destination in this life is having the right directions to God forever. Do you know how to get to him? Are you on the right road? Do you have a peaceful and permanent relationship with God?
Two-thousand years ago, when Roman Caesars ruled the world, the empire engineered a vast network of paved roads, like the road system in the United States today. These roads would lead travelers to the city of Rome inspiring the famous expression, “All roads lead to Rome.” Today, we use this phrase to celebrate diversity, believing that all religions lead to God. But is this true? Do all religions lead to God? Or do they lead you to a wrong and dangerous place instead? God tells us that “there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov 14:12).