06 Jun

            Do We Need To Prove All Other Religions False?



Comment conversations here lately have brought up the question, “Sure, you think Christianity is true. Muslims think Islam is true. Hindus think Hinduism is true. What makes you think you’re any more right than they are? Not only that, but if you applied the same standard to Christianity that you do to those other religions, you would reject Christianity just like you do all of them.”

That’s not so, actually. I’ve looked at the world’s major religions. Here briefly are the reasons I accept one while rejecting the others.

1. Christianity and Judaism are unique in being historically situated.

Unlike all other religions save one, the truth of Judeo-Christianity stands or falls depending on historically testable facts. Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, secularism and tribal religions—the other major worldview groupings—are philosophical systems. Judeo-Christianity is a story. The other worldviews have no story by which to test their truth. Buddhism and Islam do have stories of their founders, but they are incidental to the message; their messages could have been delivered in many other ways, and in a sense their messages could be true even if their founder stories were false, for their founders were only messengers.

So we can’t apply the same truth tests. Note that this means that Judeo-Christianity is much more easily falsifiable. The others cannot be disproved by historical research, Christianity and Judaism could be.

The one exception among other religions is Mormonism, which also makes historically testable claims. We can and do apply the same kind of standard to Mormonism that we apply to Christianity. It fails.

Still on the basis of just this one item, other religions might be true. Let’s go on. I’m being necessarily brief here but I’ll do what I can in the space of a blog post.

2. Eastern religions suffer from an irrational monism.

Buddhism and Hinduism are generally pantheistic: they hold that all is god, and god is all; and the fundamental problem of humans is that we do not recognize our identity with the all. Their goal is extinction of the person in Nirvana, the swallowing of the individual in the all. But this is a type of monism, a view of all reality being essentially one thing, which fails to satisfy rational inquiry. It erases distinctions that the rational person knows are real: self and the universe, good and bad, the physical and the non-physical.

3. Islam fails the goodness test.

Islam’s messenger was a war-monger and a rapist. The Qur’an approves of violence toward nonbelievers. Islam’s advance throughout the world has been mostly through military conquest.

4. Judaism and Islam fail the unity-in-diversity test.

The Trinitarian God of Christianity is a God whose perfection requires no creation to complete it: He is one, yet he is love and other relational attributes are completed in relationship among the Persons of the Trinity.

5. Secularism fails the believability test.

Atheistic secularism leads to the conclusion that consciousness and free will are illusions, that humans are ontologically indistinct from the rest of nature, that there is no real objective morality, that purpose is individual and contingent, and that the world is either eternal or created itself (from nothing, some even say!). The first two in particular are not only hard to believe existentially but impossible to accept philosophically, for they are rationally self-defeating: if they were true they could never be discovered to be true.

6. Christianity passes the truth test.

Christianity passes all the tests of truth to which I have been able to put it: historical, philosophical, existential, experiential. It satisfies both the heart and the mind. Only one religion, one worldview, can be true.

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


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  1. Hataf Siyal

    July 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    The Quran never approves of violence against non-Muslims. In fact, full rights are given to them – and there’s no religion in this world which gives more rights to minorities than Islam. In fact, the Holy Prophet did never called them “minorities”.

    Minorities mean who are under the influence of the majority of people. It is written in the memoirs (Hadith) of the Prophet that at the moment before his death, he called them “Dhimmi’s”, which means ‘loved one’s’. He uttered, shortly before his death, that “Dhimmi’s should be protected. And if any Dhimmi dies, that person will not enter paradise”. Such was the caliber of our Prophet.

    Moreover, the relationship between the Muslims and non-Muslim is based on one rule:
    “Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them; for Allah loveth those who are just”
    [Al-Mumtahanah: 9]

    “There is no compulsion in religion.”
    [Al-Baqarah: 256]

    And regarding your vicious words on our beloved Prophet, I would like to mention that one cannot even quote a single instance from his life that he ever attacked first. During all of his battles, only 1038 people were killed. And let me tell you that our religion is not rooted in ‘terrorism’. Our civilization and our culture has been ever-loving since day one and it is proven in our Holy Book – you must read it to open your eyes! And don’t think that I’m here tricking you or something. I have got proofs with me. If you’ve got proofs… fine… then come on have a battle but on ‘talking’ lines because my religion does not asks to indulge in vicious crimes.

    I suggest you to never use such words against ANYONE until and unless you have got proofs. Talking about proofs, let me come up with your Holy Book, Genesis.

    “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you.”
    [Genesis, 3:12]

    Now is that what you suggest? Does your religion tell that it was ONLY Eve’s mistake? What about Adam? Surely, if your sister “tempts” you to kill someone and you kill them… who is going to be in jail? You? Or your sister? Have some sense, my dear brother.

    Moreover, let me tell you what my religion says about this incident:
    “O Adam dwell with your wife in the Garden and enjoy as you wish but approach not this tree or you run into harm and transgression. Then Satan whispered to them in order to reveal to them their shame that was hidden from them and he said: ‘Your Lord only forbade you this tree lest you become angels or such beings as live forever.’ And he swore to them both that he was their sincere adviser. So by deceit he brought them to their fall: when they tasted the tree their shame became manifest to them and they began to sew together the leaves of the Garden over their bodies. And their Lord called unto them: ‘Did I not forbid you that tree and tell you that Satan was your avowed enemy?’ They said: ‘Our Lord we have wronged our own souls and if You forgive us not and bestow not upon us Your Mercy, we shall certainly be lost’ ” (7:19:23).

    Clearly, this depicts that my religion, Islam – which you call a fundamentalists now a days – made both of them criminals, not only “one” of them. Our religion hold everyone equal.

    And regarding violence, Islam only allows for ‘Jihad’ but there are conditions on which Jihad could take place. Jihad is only allowed when someone oppresses a Muslim state. It means that it is allowed only in ‘defence’ condition. It have never been an attack-genre, so to say.


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