All paths lead to God
I recently read a blogger’s article asserting that all paths lead to God, but only one path assures salvation. And in this blogger’s world view (held by so many others), that one path is through atonement of sins via the belief in and acceptance of the blood sacrifice of Jesus (peace be upon him) as the human incarnation of God and/or God’s only son (Christ). All other paths lead to God’s eternal rejection and punishment. His argument was in fact the critical point over which I left the Christian religion as an adolescent.
They claim, “None shall ever enter paradise unless he be a Jew – or, a Christian.” Such are their wishful beliefs! Say: “Produce an evidence for what you are claiming, if what you say is true!” (Quran 2:111)
That leads me now to express my thoughts on exclusivity. Any claims to sole possession of THE truth, by which salvation may be achieved in the afterlife with assertion that all others are just asking for damnation… well, it sounds petty and simple minded. When you put something out there as ultimate truth, it cannot defy reason and logic. (Eh hem, that goes for Muslims too.)
“The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.” (Rumi)
So here is MY distilled essence of absolute truth. I believe in One God – infinite source of all that is. I believe we ALL have a direct connection to God. I believe we are all on the path to spiritually reunite with our omniscient Creator after we depart this material world. No (eternal) punishment needed. We are here to live and learn freely. Created of God so that we may know God.
Christians, Muslims – any one professing any faith – we are all holding our glass shards of truth. Let us try not to hurt each other with them.