In the Middle Ages, a person could spend their entire life within the confines of their village and never encounter a person of a different faith. But we now live in a globalized world, where numerous religions, beliefs in the supernatural, colorful customs, and intricately adorned places of worship coexist.
For some, this diversity raises perplexing questions. How can one religion, Christianity, be considered the true faith amid this multitude? After all, adherents of other religions can be just as sincere in their beliefs.
The diversity of religions points to two realities.
First, humans are inherently religious. People seek goodness, truth, beauty, meaning, eternal salvation, and communion with the spiritual world – all elements that constitute true life. Just as animals seek food and security, we, humans, seek something more. The desire for knowledge for its own sake, the ability to appreciate the beauty of creation, and the so-called "religious feeling" that manifests in all cultures.
Second, humans have lost contact with this true life. We live in a post-catastrophe world. We search but cannot find; we long but cannot comprehend the reason behind it.
Human religions are attempts to reestablish this connection, to build a ladder to heaven.
On one hand, there is something noble and dignified in these attempts – the purpose of human life is, after all, to seek the truth. On the other hand, there is tragic futility. Humans cannot, by their own efforts, attain true life.
Christianity offers a breakthrough from the other side. It is not an attempt by people to reach life from below, but a revelation of true life from above. As the sacred Scriptures declare, "For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ" (1 John 1:2, 3).
The Eternal Son of God descended from heaven and became a man, Jesus Christ. Through His death and Resurrection, He grants eternal salvation to all humanity. The religious quest of mankind reached its culmination with the advent of Christ.
Now, each one of us faces a choice – how do we respond to His arrival? If we open ourselves to Christ through repentance and faith, we enter the true life we were all searching for but couldn't find through all the religions of humanity.
Original article: https://radiovera.ru/o-mnogoobrazii-religiy.html