Stop Saying “All Religions Are the Same”
by Tim Arndt
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say things like “All religions are basically the same” or “All roads lead to heaven”. To be honest, this is offensive.
I think people believe this way because they are attempting to have a tolerant, inoffensive understanding of religion. But in reality, they are degrading the rich histories of the major world religions.
When people go about trying to make all religions look the same, they search for similarities only on a superficial level. People will find references about love or peace and then say “The heart of all religions is love and peace. See, we’re really all the same!”
While they celebrate their short-sighted victory, they completely ignore the core doctrines of these religions as well as their history. Buddhism was founded while clearly rejecting many central doctrines of Hinduism. Islam was founded claiming the Jewish and Christian scriptures were inaccurate. Some religions have one god, some have many, others have none at all.
People who try to tie all religions together actually demean them by refusing to accurately understand them even at the most basic level. They are acting like an imperialistic state by putting all world religions under their thumb claiming “I understand you better than your founders.”
This is not how we achieve tolerance…
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