Is it arrogant to think your religion is the only correct one? Many people insist that all the religions of the world are essentially the same and therefore they’re all basically true. As a result, these same people tell us that it’s arrogant to think that one religion is correct above all others.
But what these people don’t realize is that the opposite is, in fact, true. It’s actually arrogant to think that, “all the religions of the world are true.” That’s because many of the founders and leaders of the world’s religions suffered (and even died) in order to practise and spread their beliefs. For example, in the early days of Islam, Muhammad and his followers fled to Medina in order to escape the persecution in Mecca. In the early days of Mormonism, Brigham Young led the Mormons in a long and arduous journey in order to continue practicing their faith. During the reign of Asoka, Buddhists sent out many missionaries to propagate their faith. And during the Roman Empire, Christians also worked to spread their religion and experienced brutal persecution.
Why would the different religions of the world do this if they didn’t think their religion was true and that others were (at least partially) wrong? Why would they be willing to put so much energy into something (and even suffer greatly) if they thought they were just propagating an idea that was basically the same as all the others? Obviously they did NOT think their religion was the same as the others. They must have felt it was substantially different from what already existed and that it was important people knew this. The person who claims “all the religions are the same and therefore they’re all true,” is claiming to know the nature of those religions better than their founders, leaders and missionaries.
Now that’s real arrogance.