We live in a world where there seems to be an endless number of choices when it comes to religion. It can be very confusing. Confronted with such a diverse range of options, perhaps you have considered which religion do I believe?
Buddhists claim that there is an 8 step path to enlightenment
Muslims claim that we should strictly follow the teachings of Mohammed
Jews believe that God has only appeared to one nation, them, and we must convert to Judaism.
When you hear people arguing and debating about what they believe it can put us off a genuine search. Perhaps that’s where you are at? You want to avoid the issue altogether. Such a response is understandable, and avoiding this question is certainly an easy way out. The problems is that it doesn’t lead to an answer.
Another possible way to answer the question of religion is to say that all religions are the same. It’s a good answer in a way. After all it avoids arguments and fierce debates. But once again there’s a problem. It fails to recognise that most religions contradict one another. For example, Hinduism teaches that there are millions of different gods in the universe, but the Jews claim that there is only one. These two religions are really not the same. If there is only one God, then there cannot be millions at the same time.
Buddhism claims that everyone is re-incarnated after death and comes back as another creature. This completely contradicts the teaching of Islam which says that everyone lives once and dies once only. They both can’t be true can they.
If avoiding the issue or accepting all religions is of no help, then how about exploring what they believe? How about spending a little time to wrestle with the question of what to believe?