Answering “Questions Christians Can’t Answer” #43 Christianity and Other Religions?

This is one article among a series examining a list titled “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer“. Despite the pretentious title, this list does not constitute some of the most formidable challenges against the Christian position. The largest challenge of these questions is that they largely critique the internal consistency and some of the metaphysical claims of Christian belief, and then demand a response that includes material evidence. One cannot reasonably expect material evidence for a metaphysical question.

So this series examines each of these questions in turn, and then gives the appropriate response. The challenger tends to ask them in a condescending and sarcastic manner, but the answers will attempt to be as mature as possible.

Why do other religions give fulfillment?

 

43 – If Christianity is the only true religion, then why do practitioners of all other religions feel fulfilled in their faith and achieve the same desired results as Christians? 

 

 

The author of these questions clearly believes that Christianity is untrue, yet freely admits in this question that Christians feel fulfilled. By his own admission, then, it is possible to feel fulfilled by something that is untrue such that – if Christianity is the true religion – this does not prohibit others from finding their fulfillment in non-Christian religions.

As for “achieving the same desired results as Christians,” this is a somewhat ambiguous claim. Practitioners of Buddhism and Hinduism seek enlightenment, a better reincarnation, and oneness with the universe. None of these are of particular interest to Christians. Muslims seek to achieve paradise by abiding by the five pillars of Islam. It cannot be accurately said that both Muslims and Christians achieve paradise. Jews largely seek prosperity in this current life and to leave a legacy. If Christians seek earthly prosperity, this is more because of their self interests, not because the Bible tells them to (as indicated by the author, himself, in questions 37 and 38).

Possibly the question refers to a general sense of fulfillment and moral improvement. The sense of fulfillment has already been addressed. As for moral improvement, Question 24 in this series indicates that the author believes that Christians have the same divorce rate as non-Christians, and Question 36 asks “why are more atrocities committed in the name of God than anything else,” so to suggest that Christians and practitioners of other religions all achieve some kind of moral improvement is to contradict other questions in this series. Which is fine, since this indicates that the author is admitting that – far from producing an overall moral decline – religion tends to improve morality. If religion does not improve morality, then in what sense do all religions achieve the same goals?

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