Originally Posted by Smokering
BlackOrchid: You seem to be coming from the perspective that religious truth is relative, which I realise is a common viewpoint nowadays, but one which I have never heard logically defended.
Religion is not, or should not be, immune from criticism and logical thought. Using those tools I believe it is, indeed, possible to say 'This religion accurately represents the state of the world', and 'This religion is based on a fallacious first principle'. In other words, not all religions are created equal. Do you agree? Or if not, why not?
Jumping in as a current UU, raised by a non-denominational, bible studying Christian, who was raised EO
: Oh, and of course, I'm not Black Orchid
In recent years, I've done a lot of reading on religion other than Christianity (because I was raised with Christian teachings, and I was struggling with the question in the OP). Now, I understand that there are varying beliefs within all religions, but I read a couple things that spoke to me on this issue.
The first was in a book by a modern, liberal Muslim woman explaining her faith. In it, she explains that God gave Islam to the Muslims, God gave Judaism to the Jews, and God gave Christianity to the Christians. God gave different paths to different people. She claimed that this explanation is in the Koran, although I have not read the Koran myself. So, in that case, the New Testament can be true--and it can be true that Jesus did die for you, but he didn't die for everyone. Others have another path to God, and didn't need him to die for them.
The second is something I read here on MDC all the time, regarding circumcision in the Jewish faith. I hope I am representing this correctly, but the idea is that it is a sacrament for Jews. It is part of their path to God. It is true and necessary for them, but not true and necessary for Christians and others.
So the conclusion might be that the faith is true for the intended people, and that is the way God intends it.