Do all roads really lead to Rome?

I love coffee and hate to start my day without a good cup or two.  So every morning when I was in Kenya, I went down to the coffee bar with my kids and enjoyed a great cup of Kenyan coffee.  Most mornings, there was a European lady with her infant at the coffee bar as well.

The initial conversations with the European were just African culture appreciation conversations, like any good tourist. She asked me why I was here with all these young Americans and if we home schooled our kids.

One of the perks of my profession is when someone asks a question about what I do. It gives me an immediate platform to talk about my faith and potentially have a life changing conversation. As part of explaining my profession, I talked to her about Jesus and she was very kind to listen to what I had to say.  She responded to me saying, “My mother is a believer, and I am not because there are many options and all roads lead to Rome at some point, don’t they?”

 Her response is an accurate reflection of the globalized world where we “COEXIST”.

It is a fair argument that there are many options or roads, and I respect that.  However, it is rather a weak argument that all roads end up at the same place. When I want to go to Orlando, FL, I don’t take the road that leads to New York City.  I find the road that takes me where I want to go.

Religions are the same way.  When you do a comparative religious study, you will soon arrive at the conclusion that every religion is quite exclusive and leaves no room to “COEXIST”.

We process life with the natural assumption that there are absolutes as part of the equation, we know it does not matter if we believe in them or not. They are in motion in every decision and there is no way to trump absolutes. Just like the law of gravity.  You can say, “I am Superman”, and jump off a cliff, but gravity will do what gravity will do.  There are no exceptions.

Why do we undermine the power of “absolutes” when it comes to life’s most meaningful decision? There is something in the human soul that longs for an answer to the meaning of life outside of oneself.  The answer is not found in a system that tolerates all systems but in a system that has convictions.

It is quite the gamble to assume that all roads lead to Rome.

Do you think it is worth the gamble?

Comments

  1. Very well put. The idea that religions can peacefully co-exist does seem odd to me given that any Christian believer, who truly loved their neighbour as themselves, would want their neighbour to turn to Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour. Christ says that He is the way the truth and the life, NO ONE comes to the Father except through Him. There isn’t much room for interpretation there …

  2. So many good thoughts here. Including: “Why do we undermine the power of “absolutes” when it comes to life’s most meaningful decision?” The more morality is wrestled within politics, origins are wrestled within science, and conduct is wrestled within religion, the more I understand the simplicity of the Gospel.

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