Can multiple contradicting religions all be true? An imaginary discussion between two people

Cast:
Rex, a philosopher.
Fanatic, a religious fanatic who believes all other religions are false.

Rex: Do you believe in God?
Fanatic: Yes.

Rex: Do you believe God can do anything?
Fanatic: Yes.

Rex: Is God above human sciences, logic and reasoning?
Fanatic: Yes.

Rex: Can God do something that we humans can not understand or that we find impossible or contradictory?
Fanatic: Yes.

Rex: For example, can God make two plus two equal five?
Fanatic: Yes.

Rex: How about this: Can God make two plus two equal five and at the same time also have two plus two equal four?
Fanatic: Yes.

Rex: And, how about this: Can God have multiple religions which all seem contradictory to us by logic and reasoning, but still have them all ultimately true?
Fanatic: Hmm… Yes.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Vios Vios

    Interesting. was there any fanatic changing approach after similar discussion? can logic change a fanatic?

    I also noticed that God has a huge communication problem, not being able to send the same message to several people (which we do easily through emails)

    … in fact I alande on your site looking for references of Amazon EC2 service… are you still happy with their service?

    my site seems too slow and I wonder if moving to EC2 will improve performance:
    http://esouls.info

    Regards

  • http://www.netzarim.co.il Anders Branderud

    The orderly universe implies that the Creator is orderly, which implies that two two contradictory books both cannot contain the instructions of the Creator.

    On the blog bloganders.blogspot.com you will find both a proof of the existence of a Creator and His purpose of humankind.

    All the best! Anders Branderud

  • http://groveonline.wordpress.com Daniel Grove

    I'd have to disagree with the 5th and 6th statements to which "fanatic" replies "Yes". God set up math to be absolute, repeatable, testable, and orderly etc. This is how truth works, it's true all the time no matter the situation or culture. God would not say to the Arabs "I cannot have a Son" (Sura 23:91) when He had already told the Christians "Jesus is my Son…" (Matthew 17:5). He may contradict His creation via miracles and doing things we don't understand but He won't contradict Himself.

    Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I do not change…
    Jam 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

  • Drew

    We can agree that the majority of religions are concerned with preparing one for the afterlife, whatever that may be, whether directly or indirectly. I think that many people would, if they considered it, agree that many religions, when honestly pursued, will produce a similar mindset. It is called Nirvana, Enlightenment, walking with the Lord, and countless other names. What if many of these, achieving the same goal, are viable paths to be prepared for the next life? Perhaps each person moves on to an afterlife that they perceive according to his respective religion, or maybe one universal one. Who knows. What matters is that people are open-minded but not rebellious in their beliefs.