Are all religions essentially the same? Do passages in the Bible match what appears in Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and other scriptures of other religions? If one were to listen to some religious leaders today, one would think so.
But these are false assumptions because they tend to overlook two important facts regarding the scriptures of non-Christian religions:
- Scripture writers of the false religions (non-Christians) reserve the right to go back and change the words and meanings of their scripture texts.
- Some of the changes made over time to their texts incorporated beliefs that the scribes encountered from Christian missionaries or God’s word which they thought were good philosophies to adopt as their own.
For instance, in Buddhism among the parables attributed to the Buddha are “The Widow’s Two Mites,” “The Lost Son,” “The Woman at the Well,” and “The Mustard Seed.” If you were to read them, you would find they are similar to, but not nearly the same as the incidents and parables mentioned in the New Testament.
An even closer examination of Buddhist writings reveals they were actually written AFTER the New Testament was complete. It is historical fact that the New Testament was preached in India and other parts of Asia before the end of the 1st century AD, so Buddhists would have encountered a Christian apostle and/or Christian missionaries before they wrote down the Buddha’s “teachings.” Additionally, the oldest known manuscript of Buddhist scripture dates back to the 1st century AD at the very time when Christians spread the gospel in Asia.
Hinduism teaches that the Vedas and other Hindu scripture are eternal, impersonal revelations of knowledge with no author. Therefore, the whole body of truth cannot be confined to written words. Scripture to them is merely part of the whole universal truth that has to be discovered over time. This leaves them open to accept “new revelation” from gurus and Brahmans at any given time which means if they encounter something they like from another religion or philosophy, it can be incorporated into Hinduism and scripture can be added, changed, or deleted accordingly.
Since Hinduism and Buddhism coexist in the same geographical areas (Buddhism was formed by disgruntled Hindus, after all), then Hindus were exposed to Judaism and, later, Christianity at the same time as Buddhists, so Hindu religious leaders took on some teachings from Jews and Christians, twisting them to conform to their traditions. Thus, in certain places in Hindu scriptures there are similarities, but they aren’t the same as what the Bible ultimately teaches.
Islam came on the scene 600 years after Christianity and the completion of the Bible, meaning that the Arab tribes had by this time heard all about the teachings of the apostles and prophets. The prophet Mohammed did not hide the fact that his teachings were meant to be an additional revelation to what the “people of the Book” had told him. So in the Koran, personalities from the Bible are mentioned quite often. But Mohammed often made the mistake of placing them in the wrong era from when they actually lived and changed their character, personalities, and stories to match his false doctrines.
Abdollah Sarh, one of the prophet’s followers, helped write parts of the Koran and began asking the prophet Mohammed if he could rephrase, add, or take out certain parts and Mohammed agreed. Then Abdollah realized that if the prophet were truly from God, the so-called revelations Mohammed was getting would have no need of being changed. He then turned against the prophet and went around telling others the revelations were false. Abdollah was eventually killed by Mohammed when he and his army raided Mecca.
All of this shows the lack of integrity that tends to go along with those who prop up false religion. It also reveals Satan’s ultimate goal for the end times. By placing bits and pieces of what appear to be Biblical teachings in all of his false religions, he can then prompt his ministers of unrighteousness to go out and brainwash the unenlightened by using those similar-sounding texts or ideas to do the ultimate bait and switch to get them to buy into his one world religion which proclaims that all religions lead to God. Then those deceived lost souls will find out the “God” they’re really talking about is the Antichrist, Satan’s protégé, and ultimately Satan himself.
6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.
7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord saith it; albeit I have not spoken?
8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God. Ezekiel 13
Harry A. Gaylord