Is There One True God?

 

One major problem for religion in general is that each religion claims that theirs is the one true god.  Unfortunately, there is little agreement between religions on what that god is.  As believers, we have no problem rejecting other people’s gods.  But ours is sacred.


Stephen F. Roberts sums up the situation very nicely:

"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."


There are literally thousands of religions being practiced today. Here are 20 of the most popular, along with an estimate of the number of followers:


  1. 1.   Christianity: 2.1 billion

  2. 2.   Islam: 1.3 billion

  3. 3.   Hinduism: 900 million

  4. 4.   Chinese traditional religion: 394 million

  5. 5.   Buddhism: 376 million

  6. 6.   African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million

  7. 7.   Sikhism: 23 million

  8. 8.   Juche: 19 million

  9. 9.   Spiritism: 15 million

  10. 10. Judaism: 14 million

  11. 11. Mormonisme 13 million   

  12. 12.  Baha'i: 7 million

  13. 13.  Jainism: 4.2 million

  14. 14.  Shinto: 4 million

  15. 15.  Cao Dai: 4 million

  16. 16.  Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million

  17. 17.  Tenrikyo: 2 million

  18. 18.  Neo-Paganism: 1 million

  19. 19.  Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand

  20. 20.  Rastafarianism: 600 thousand

  21. 21.  Scientology: 500 thousand


[Source: Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica]


Obviously, not all those religions are Christian.  Christianity is not even in the majority.  How can there be any truth in a concept of God if there is no clear understanding of His nature.


Some believers have argued that the fact that belief in god is so universal among human beings is proof that he must exist.  I disagree.  All that is proved is that human beings have a need for belief.  This I can understand because I personally am more than a little distressed by the possibility of a godless universe. 


Conclusion:  The only possible conclusion is that consensus can not be used as an argument for the nature of god, and ubiquity of belief cannot prove his existence.


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