Unfortunately, some people take the notion of equal toleration of religious expression to mean that all religions are equally true, thus equally valid paths to God. In effect, democracy has been applied to ultimate truth. This seemingly “politically correct” approach to religion, though popular, represents deeply convoluted thinking. The acceptance of social pluralism (tolerance of diverse religious expression) does not logically imply the truth of metaphysical pluralism (that all religious truth-claims are equally valid and simultaneously true).
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 1809
The truth is that all religions are not the same. All religions do not point to God. All religions do not say that all religions are the same. In fact, some religions do not even believe in God. At the heart of every religion is an uncompromising commitment to a particular way of defining who God is or is not. Buddhism, for example, was based on Buddha’s rejection of two of Hinduism’s fundamental doctrines. Islam rejects both Buddhism and Hinduism. So it does no good to put a halo on the notion of tolerance and act as if everything is equally true. In fact, even all-inclusive religions such as Bahaism end up being exclusivistic by excluding the exclusivists!
— Ravi Zacharias, quoted on apologetics315.blogspot.com
Given that we have a limited amount of time in this life to study religions, we can dispense with those that offer us a second chance in the afterlife, or which will reincarnate us if we make a mistake in this life, or which promise us that all will be well eventually no matter how we live now. Prudence dictates that we first ought to consider the claims of those religions which say that everything depends upon the decisions made and lived in this life.
— John Bloom, from “Truth Via Prophecy,” in Evidence for Faith: Deciding the God Question, ed. John Warwick Montgomery, p. 175
As Christians we must understand that there is no word so meaningless as the word ‘god’ until it is defined. No word has been used to teach absolutely opposite concepts as much as the word ‘god’. Consequently, let us not be confused. There is much ‘spirituality’ about us today that would relate itself to the word god or to the idea god; but this is not what we are talking about. Biblical truth and spirituality is not a relationship to the word god, or to the idea god. It is a relationship to the one who is there, which is an entirely different concept.
— Francis Schaeffer, from The God Who Is There, p. 146
A stubborn feature of contemporary pluralism is the high number of people who are anything but relativists. These people, whether Christians, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, humanists, or atheists, unrepentantly believe their convictions to be absolutely true.
— Os Guinness, from Fit Bodies, Fat Minds, p. 51
“All religions are equally valid ways to God.”
It seems to me that this claim can really mean only one of two things: