“Really?” he asks, “You believe all religions are the same?”
“Sort of,” you reply, “in that whatever you believe, you will probably end up in heaven of some sort eventually, especially if you’re a good person. And even if heaven didn’t exist, it would still be good for people to have faith in something while they’re alive; it gives them hope.”
The young man thinks about it for a moment, then answers, “But religions say different things. Hindus and Buddhists believe in reincarnation. Christians and Muslims believe in heaven and hell. Atheists don’t believe in anything after death. So are you saying that two different things can be true at the same time? Logically, two opposite things cannot both be true at the same time and in the same sense; that’s called a contradiction. Another example: Jesus can’t be God and not God at the same time.”
“But how could so many people be wrong about their beliefs?” you insist.
“You know, truth by definition is very narrow,” he explains. “After all, two plus two has only one correct answer: four, but billions of incorrect answers. Three, five, sixty, seven hundred and eight million are all wrong answers. You may think of it as narrow mindedness, but it’s reality.”
What do you say?
a. “But how can we know? How do you even know that
absolute truth exists?” Go to page 4.
b. “Either way, I still think everyone will get to heaven in the end, especially if God is a God of love.” Go to page 20.