Does it really matter which god we believe in?
Before approaching this question, it might be a good idea to take a look at our discussion of truth: what it is, what it isn't, and the types of truth that are commonly mentioned in discussions of logic today. If they are not ALL true, then which one?
To suppose that all gods are ultimately the same God and that each 'god belief' is simply a different "understanding" or "expression" of who god is can be referred to as spiritual relativism. Some believe that as mankind has evolved physically from a molecular glob into a fish into a frog into a 4 legged creature, into a monkey, and then into a man, etc, there is also a belief that our religious/spiritual belief system is also "evolving".
The claim has been made that Spiritual Relativism is a "higher, more evolved" way of thinking about god. One is "enlightened" once they "realize" that all gods are the same God. But is this actually a higher and more evolved way of thinking about who God is? Or has this belief system one that existed since primitive times and indeed is only one step away from primitive Animism? Lets take a look.
To suppose that a particular belief system is truly "advanced" would suggest that it is different or maybe more sophisticated than the belief systems of the past. The origins of Spiritual Relativism can be traced back to the Pantheistic underpinnings of mainstream Hinduism which is historically, one step further along than Animism (Voodoo, Shamanism, Black Magic, Paganism, Wicca, etc).
Lets begin with the idea of "all gods being the same God"
In Animism, there isn't a "supreme god" just a hierarchy of spirits all of which seem to be without any origin.
In Hinduism, there are over 33 million deities, the most powerful of which are Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. This is a belief system brought into Northern India by the light-skinned inhabitants of the Indus Valley.
It was a system that contained an ever-growing pantheon of gods (each introduced deity was added to Brahman - all is god), and they even brought their own priests. As with invasions in Northern Europe, Asia, and the Americas, the invaders brought in a 'caste' system whereby, those of the light-skinned invaders were a higher caste, and those indigenous tribes from the south who were "darker skinned" were deemed "lower caste" and "untouchables - Dalits". Strangely enough, even today one can travel to India and witness the caste system for themselves and amazingly, the higher castes are, yes, lighter skinned Indians and the lower castes are darker skinned Indians. Is this more advanced? Is this a higher evolution of religious belief? That all gods are absorbed into this giant cloudesque god-like existence called Brahman is nearly 2500 years old, yet today many believe that whatever god a person espouses is indeed real (for them) and is really a partial expression of the overall impersonal "God".
In Islam god's name is Allah and can be referred to by no other name. All other gods are considered false and belief in such gods is considered blasphemous.
In Buddhism, many have deified Siddharta Guatama (Buddha) and have taken to worshipping him by religious ritual - prayers, meditation, and burning of incense to his likeness.
Siddharta himself declared that his followers were not to worship him or elevate him to deity however, within a few hundred years of his death, Chinese emperors were burning incense to his tomb and a god was born. He is referred to as "Buddha the Protector". But he was simply a man who was a former Hindu that became obsessed with suffering and the antidote for it, he lived, taught, died and his bones are still on Earth today. He did not speak of an afterlife but rather ascending into Nirvana which is a variation of the Hindu idea of Brahman. Is Buddha the same God as Allah of Islam? Are Allah and Buddha identical to Brahma? Vishnu? Shiva?
In Christianity there is One God in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and is referred to as the Trinity.
This God claims that He and He alone is responsible for the creation of all things seen and unseen and further declares that said creation was all accomplished through and by His Son Jesus. This was done in conjunction with the third person of the Trinity referred to as the Holy Spirit. This God says that all other gods are false and are actually demons masquerading as gods, imitating His power in order to deceive and destroy human beings which bear the likeness of Almighty God and are thereby hated by the demons. According to the God of Christianity, Allah is a liar and a demon, Buddha is a thief and a destroying devil, Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu all are liars, thieves, and destroyers of mens souls. So how can it be that the God of Christianity could be considered the same god as those He refers to as false gods and lying spirits?
Is the true God greater or lesser than the men and women He has created? If indeed He did create them, then by default, He is greater. If each man and woman has an "essence" whereby they derive their identity i.e. personality, looks, demeanor, mannerisms, preferences, etc. why is it that their Creator (according to spiritual relativism) is stripped of all unique features and the essence by which He derives his
identity? The truth is, He does have a right to His own identity as it pertains to His essence as He has revealed Himself to His creation. So if God has a unique identity, this would mean that spiritual relativism would only be compatible with a direct revelation from God himself whereby He decrees that all gods, in all their diverse and self-contradictory personalities, are indeed Him. Has God said this? If so, where has he revealed this? Can the idea of such diverse god-beings co-exist with actual truth? We would have to look at the various descriptions of god as given by the various world religions in existence today, consider the source of those descriptions and determine which is the most reliable understanding of the God of the Universe.