The Multitudes of Religions throughout History/Truth of Christianity?

Something which worries me is the fact that throughout history there have been numerous religions in the world, be it the pantheon of gods worshipped by the Romans, the gods of Egypt or the likes of the Norse gods, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism. How can we be sure that Christianity is the true religion and the others are not? How can we be sure Jesus will not be added to the pile of ‘non-gods’ in X years, with the likes of Zeus and Horus and will be replaced by another popular religion which emerges?

The fact that throughout so much of history people have believed seems to indicate to me that there is a God (not to mention secluded tribes who make contact with us and they have a concept of spirits/god), as well as other factors, but how can we be sure it is the (Trinitarian) God of Christanity?

I hope you and others find the following helpful.

catholic.com/tracts/is-catholicism-pagan

Best,
Ed

  1. There have been various works attempting to prove that all religions logically contain monotheism and tend to return to it at some point.

  2. Abbrahamic religions provide the best theological and philosophical explanation of the God. Our God is not tied to the nature, unlike other “gods”, He is above it all.

  3. St. Thomas Aquinas attempted to deduce the Trinity from God’s existence alone. Of course, it cannot be absolutely proved by natural theology alone: we still need Scripture to believe in Trinity.

  4. The unique heroism of Jesus captures imagination and pulls new converts to Him over and over again.

  5. Modern science and philosophy are based on Christian belief in “non-divinity” and knowledgeability of nature.

Etc.

From the beginning when our Creator established a covenant and promise of redemption with Adam and Eve after expelling them from Eden. As the world population grew from there and began migrating to new area’s everyone knew about Yahweh and that he was the one and true God. But as people scattered the knowledge of Him dissipated although having been created in His image spiritually people retained an innate sense of a Creator. Men over time striving to understand those primal questions rising from this sense of Creator, Who are you, What are we for, What is our true destiny, established man made methods of worship. Again overtime these grew and took on many forms and idolatry and paganism flourished. Some and perhaps most of these natural religions retained some truth but they had lost the fullness of truth.

In fulfilling that original promise Yahweh took many steps to answer those primal questions about how He wanted mankind (His Creation to live) such as prophets, miracles and the commandments. Many man established religions which had now spread throughout the world rejected His efforts and still do. Some, fortunately for all of fallen mankind, didn’t and kept the laws and commandments Yahweh established.

In the fullness of time Yahweh fulfilled the promise of redemption for all mankind and sent a redeemer, His son, who was also God the second person of the Trinity taking on our humanity. This redeemer through His example and sacrifice made it possible for all of mankind who had strayed from the truth to be redeemed and the people this knowledge was entrusted too when Christ established and commissioned his church were ordered to go out into all the world to tell all mankind the great news and what they had to do to take advantage of it.

After establishing His church the redeemer went back to what we call heaven and sent the third person of the trinity, the Holy Spirit, to guide His church and keep them on the right track. He knew that given man’s sinful nature that this would be a tough go with lots of ups and downs for the faithful. The Faith He established is perfect, the people called to practice it are not. In spite of this His Church goes on and is now the longest existing organization in the world. This not by man’s efforts but due to His will and providence.

All our brothers and sisters practicing other religions now and in the past are the strayed sheep Christ talked about and we are to be part of His ongoing plan in gathering them all back together into the one sheepfold again.

In short Gods will for all mankind has never faltered, and He has never abandoned us no matter strange religions we have invented along the way. He established one Faith as He promised and place His Son at the head of it.

Thank you foryour reply. Would you be able to expand on points 1, 2 and 5?

Point 5 is problematic.

biblehub.com/romans/1-20.htm

amazon.com/Catholic-Church-Built-Western-Civilization/dp/1596983280

Best,
Ed

Is Hinduism monotheistic? I thought they had several gods?

Is Hinduism monotheistic? I thought they had several gods?

I don’t remember the exact works on that topic. But, to take Hinduism as an example, they used to worship one set of gods, but nowadays they are worshiping a god by the choice. Modern Hinduism is basically divided into Vishnuism and Shivaism, with adherent of each claiming that Vishnu or Shiva respectively are the true “incarnations” of… some sort of Absolute Truth. :slight_smile:

Greek Polytheism in its late years more and more stressed the importance of Zeus of one absolute “god of gods”.

There was an attempt to turn Perun worship into the central one in Slav paganism in the 10th century.

Lot’s of similar examples.

I thought I read somewhere that Hindus worshiped and prayed to several deities such as Bhudevi, Surya, Ganesh, Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Hanuman, and many others.

The following, from part one of the catechism, sheds light on your question:

**MAN’S CAPACITY FOR GOD

I. THE DESIRE FOR GOD

27 The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for:

The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator.1
28 In many ways, throughout history down to the present day, men have given expression to their quest for God in their religious beliefs and behavior: in their prayers, sacrifices, rituals, meditations, and so forth. These forms of religious expression, despite the ambiguities they often bring with them, are so universal that one may well call man a religious being:

From one ancestor [God] made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him - though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For "in him we live and move and have our being."2
29 But this “intimate and vital bond of man to God” (GS 19 § 1) can be forgotten, overlooked, or even explicitly rejected by man.3 Such attitudes can have different causes: revolt against evil in the world; religious ignorance or indifference; the cares and riches of this world; the scandal of bad example on the part of believers; currents of thought hostile to religion; finally, that attitude of sinful man which makes him hide from God out of fear and flee his call.4

30 "Let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice."5 Although man can forget God or reject him, He never ceases to call every man to seek him, so as to find life and happiness. But this search for God demands of man every effort of intellect, a sound will, “an upright heart”, as well as the witness of others who teach him to seek God.

You are great, O Lord, and greatly to be praised: great is your power and your wisdom is without measure. And man, so small a part of your creation, wants to praise you: this man, though clothed with mortality and bearing the evidence of sin and the proof that you withstand the proud. Despite everything, man, though but a small a part of your creation, wants to praise you. You yourself encourage him to delight in your praise, for you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.6
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