Argument # 14: All other religions are the work of Satan.
Christians automatically assume that since Jesus said he was the only way (John 14:6), and God said there was no other Gods (1st of the Ten Commandments), that therefore all other religions, faiths, and spiritual practices must be of the devil Satan. Not all Christians are so quick to assume this, but some are. No matter what arguments there are for other religions or spiritual practices, Christian fundamentalists will always quote these verses:
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
And since the Bible says that Satan is the “Father of lies” (John ) that explains away anything good or credible about other religions.
While the average American Evangelical Christian knows almost nothing about other religions, this argument is still hard to disprove to them. Those that are more versed in other religions though, tend not to use this argument. Instead, they just consider other religions to be inaccurate and not reflecting of the true God. However, I can pose some questions for Christians to think about.
1) If all other religions were the product of Satan, then why have they improved the lives and attitudes of their followers? Why have they helped them to be better people? Would Satan do such things?
2) Why can’t God work through other religions too? Wouldn’t that be more effective to reach the most people on Earth? Why should God limit himself to working through only one religion? It wouldn’t make any sense. Did it ever cross your mind that those New Testament verses you are so fond of citing, such as John 14:6 could just be possibly wrong? Why can’t you believe in Jesus and God without the Bible being inerrant?
Amusingly, some Protestants also consider the Roman Catholic Church to be another religion as well, thereby condemning it to be false and of Satan too. Take a look at these Christian comic tracts on Chick.com, for example, which attempt to argue why Catholics are not true Christians:
There are also Christian tracts against other denominations such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, explaining why their doctrines are false. Here are some that you can read online:
Crisis, The (preaching against Jehovah’s Witnesses)
Visitors, The (preaching against the Mormons)