Just the other day I heard a person very confidently say something to the effect of, "My church teaches me that I ought to tolerate all religions regardless of their teaching because they are simply trying to get to the same place we are just using a different way to get there." You have probably heard something along the same lines throughout your evangelistic endeavors. But, is this a valid way of living one's life or are these directions leading a person to turn into the preverbal fire hydrant?
The problem with this belief system, and I whole heartedly believe that it alone is entirely that - a belief system, is that it fails to realize some very key teachings throughout the Gospel of Christ. Teachings like the undeniable fact that Jesus is the exclusive way to the Father (John 14:6) or that His words are going to be the law by which one is judged (John 12:48) or even that we are to go into the World and teach them the Gospel instead of some other religious system (Mark 16:15-16). Since these are the case the political correctness so sought after by our culture by way of "religious tolerance" (i.e. a permissive attitude toward other lifestyles based on the person's spiritual beliefs) is seen to be somewhat flawed.
Instead of allowing the modern culture to lead us blindly through life and into the shiny, red, fire hydrant, one must look to the actual map in order to determine for himself what is true, just, honest and holy. That map? - The Scriptures. What do they have to say about how one should see other religions and act toward them?
"My church teaches me that I ought to tolerate all religions regardless of their teaching because they are simply trying to get to the same place we are just using a different way to get there."