Does the Existence of so Many Religions Argue Against their Truth Claims?
by Daniel Mann
There are many religions and many Christian denominations. Do these facts diminish the truth claims of Christianity? Let’s start with the question of many religions.
Skeptics argue that since there are many religions, which claim to have a monopoly on the truth, none can be true. Of course, this conclusion does not follow logically from the facts. For example, Western Europeans had many different ideas about how to sail to India, but this didn’t mean that there weren’t correct answers. In fact, there is often a diversity of opinions, but few would conclude from this that none of them were true.
Other skeptics take a slightly different tack. They claim that there might be a truth, but when it comes to religion and the important things of life, there is no way to know which religion is true.
Just try telling this to Jesus’ disciples who had witnessed many of His miracles, which had validated the truth of His claims!
We often here the “there is no way to know” claim. However, this claim is illogical. If there is no way to know, then there is no way to dogmatically claim that there is no way to know. A simple question can expose this fallacy. “How can you KNOW that there is no way to KNOW? If we cannot know, how can you claim that you do KNOW that there is no way to know?”
This is also a very bold and unsupportable claim. It suggests that the claimant has evidence of ANY possible truth claim and has proven all of them wrong. Such a claim requires infinite knowledge, which none of us possess…
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