That is what Jesus seemed to be saying, which is disturbing in our pluralistic society — even for many Christians. Many believe instead that all religions are like paths on a mountain — they all eventually lead to the same place. I must be honest here — when I see the intolerance, hatred and bigotry of religious groups towards one another, I wish this were true.
Here are two problems I see with pluralism:
1. Almost all religions (Bahai might be an exception) do not teach that they all have the same destination — in fact, they reject this. They have some things in common (fatherhood of God, brotherhood of man, etc.), but there are irreconcilable differences. For example, some believe there is one God (Christianity, Islam), others believe there are more than one (Hinduism, Wicca). Can all these paths lead to the same destination?
2. Some belief systems are evil. Most would agree radical Islam is wrong. And let’s remember that Christianity has, at certain points in history, produced its own radical forms. Other religions have taught mass suicide and marital infidelity. Can we say that these paths lead to the same mountaintop?
If the above arguments are true, does this mean Christians should reject everything about other religions? What positive lessons can we learn from other religions?