Originally posted by Ahimsa:
If you want to understand how different religions could be venerating the same truth but in different ways, consider all the people who live along the Atlantic Ocean. You have Africans, South Americans, Europeans, North Americans, Icelanders, etcs. They all see different coastlines, experience different climatic changes, and interact with the Atlantic in different ways…yet, we all agree that it’s the same Atlantic Ocean.
Another example: Imagine five blind men all trying to describe an elephant. One blind man will say, “Oh, the elephant is long and slender”. That’s because he’s actually only touching the elephant’s trunk. Likewise, the other blind men will each touch a particular part of the elephant, thinking that the part they’ve touched actually is the whole elephant: the legs, the ears, the stomach, the tail, e.g. So, it’s all one elephant, being described in different ways.
This would seem a good analogy, and it certainly works for the Hindus, but there are problems with it, as it leaves out Revelation. In Christianity, we believe that God has revealed Himself to us. Rather than search for God on our own, He has come into our midst and explained to us the absolute truths about Himself. This would be as if the elephant could talk, and describe his appearance to the blind men, rather than let them pathetically grope him and come to their own incomplete conclusions.
Christianity is the one, true, universal religion established by God Himself (Jesus Christ), and present in all its fullness only in the Catholic Church, guided by God Himself (Holy Spirit). All other religions are a vain, misguided search for God (Hinduism, Islam etc.) or a corruption of religion for personal empowerment (magick). Man seeks God, or Man seeks to become a god. In Judeo-Christianity, God seeks Man.
Though mankind may on its own happen upon Truth, as Parmenides long ago explained, we can never grasp wholly and assuredly the truths of Faith without divine teaching; hence Revelation, which is present today solely in the great Christian religion, and fully in Holy Mother Church.