The One True Religion
There are more than 750 established Religions in the world which are broken out into more the 3200 different sects. Christianity, for example, is one of the major religions but has more than 300 sub-sects, each with their own unique traditions and interpretations of the bible.
The actual number of religions is much higher than this even because a religion can be defined in so many different ways, so there is no way to know exactly how many religions may exist, but even with the example given, how can you be sure you have selected the “one true religion?”
If your eternal salvation relies on you not only believing in God but the “one true God” how can you be sure you have made the right choice? What if the God you believe in is the wrong God. Would you suffer the same fate as the non-believer if you did believe in God, but happened to not believe in the “one true God?”
Of course, most theists believe that they were fortunate enough to select the “one true religion” out of the many religions of the world, but also the “one true God” as well. As I said earlier, they did not pick their religion, their religion picked them. I know many will argue this point with me by saying they went through several religions before deciding on the “one true religion” they currently belong to now. That, is not impressive though. Moving from a Baptist faith to a different Christian faith is akin to saying you once thought Breyer’s Vanilla ice cream was the best, now you think Ben & Jerry’s is the best.
The truth is had you been born in for example Iran, you would be most likely a Muslim, and if you would have been born in India, you most likely would be a Hindu today. But I can say with certainty that had that been the case, you would believe one of those religions to be the “one true religion” today, just as those people who believe in one of those other religions do, instead of the one you believe is now. Of course people’s arrogance will never have them admit to this, but of course, it’s true. Geography had more of a decision in your religion than you did. I will say it again, you did not pick your religion, it picked you.
A Catholic believes they are saved because their God is the “one true God” but then so does the Muslim, the Jew, and the Hindu. They can’t all be right, but they could all be wrong. Each one of these people of faith is convinced that they were fortunate enough to be able to determine not only what the “one true religion” is, but also the “one true God” as well. But, it is not possible that all of them are right, so what about the ones who are wrong?
The Catholic is certain the Muslim is wrong, just as the Muslim is certain the Catholic is wrong, and of course, the Jew thinks they are both wrong. Even among the same faiths such as Christians, they can’t all agree either, which is why there are over 300 sects of Christianity alone.
Would picking the wrong God, be just as bad as not picking one at all?