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The Fall and the Existence of Other Religions

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Maria O. from the Netherlands writes, and CMI’s Lita Cosner responds, interspersed:

Hi there!

Let me tell you that I am an agnostic person. There is a question in my head that I wish you can answer. If there is only one true god, then, how come, the world today has diverse religions?

Because the world is fallen, and some people groups forgot who the true God is. Others consciously rejected Him. Some people still reject Him today. We’re told that even though people should be able to see from creation God exists, they reject Him and worship other things instead—so the revelation in nature is sufficient only to condemn, not save (Romans 1).

And why did he only choose Israel as his chosen people? Why did he ONLY talk to Jewish prophets?

His people were never going to be just Israel; even in the earliest times we can see God working through Israel to save all nations. Indeed, that was part of the original promise to Abraham. And re: speaking only through Jewish prophets, this was the case in the Old Testament, and the majority of the earliest Church was made up of Jewish converts—the apostles themselves were all Jews, and the fact that they wrote so much of the New Testament means that it will be mostly Jewish by default. But many think, and it is my own personal opinion, that Luke was probably a Gentile (based on Colossians 4:10–14 and Philemon 24), and between Luke and Acts, he wrote the largest proportion of the New Testament.

Why did he not talk to Amerindian prophets or East Asian prophets or European prophets? Why only the Jews? What so special about the Jews that other people don’t have?

The Jews weren’t special. In fact, the Bible records that they were an extraordinarily stubborn, rebellious people, so much so that God had to be persuaded not to destroy them all on more than one occasion! They repeatedly turned away from Him, and then failed to recognize the Messiah when He came. But the history of the Jewish people serves to show that God can use the most unlikely of peoples, and that God doesn’t choose the most special or deserving, but those by whom He will be glorified by choosing….

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  • Thomas

    It should be noted that God did NOT only “talk” to Jews, even in the OT. Until the Abrahamic covenant, there were NO Jews. Afterward, he revealed himself to numerous Gentiles (e.g., Egypt’s Pharaoh and Babylon’s Nebuchadnezzar). As was mentioned, it was God’s original plan for Israel to be a kingdom of priests to reach the world (Exo. 19:6); it is now God’s desire for the Church to be such a royal priesthood (1 Pet. 2:5&9), that “the Gentiles shall come to thy light” as prophesied (Isa. 60:3)

  • Grandpa Tom

    Other religions outside of Christianity only have teachers who have instructed them on how to find the truth and the way. Budda for example taught the eight paths to find the truth. Jesus Incarnate on the other hand said: “I am the Truth, the Way, and the Life.” Truth cannot contridict the Truth.

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