While all roads lead to Rome (or at least at one time they did) and all Bigfoot searches (and names) lead you to the same unidentifiable and undiscovered creature, the same can’t be said of God.
Think of the many names for Bigfoot: Bigfoot, Skunk Ape (my personal fav), Yeti (a very close second), Sasquatch, Orang Pendek, Swamp Ape, Yowie, Yeren… just to name a few. Check out this website (http://squatchdetective.com/worldnames.htm) for a more exhaustive list of Bigfoot names.
What you find with the various names for Bigfoot is essentially the same creature. A 7-9 foot tall primate-like creature with either brown or reddish brown hair that looks kinda like a man with a 24 inch foot. I certainly don;t deny the presence of such an animal as there are still many uncharted parts to the world and I suppose such an animal could exist in the wild. However, so expedition has ever turned up and conclusive evidence for such a creature.
But that’s not really the point is it?
It would seem that the world culture’s presentation of God is somewhat like Bigfoot. There are many names for what people refer to as God. You have God, Yahweh, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, the Great Spirit, Mother Nature, etc. What also seems to be similar is the idea that if you search for God on any of these paths then you are on the right path… or at least the right path for you. However, when you break it down this can not be true. Unlike the Bigfoot, the gods of the world are very different from each other and an honest look at their character would show us they are mutually exclusive. Meaning, the Christian God and Krishna or Buddha are not synonymous because they have very divergent teachings. Not only is the end result different from each other, but the path to get to the end result is different.
I’m going to say it: not all roads lead to Heaven. All roads don’t even point us generally in the same direction. Jesus is very clear in John 14:6 when he says he is “the way, the truth and the life.” And “no one comes to the father except through me.” There is not much room for interpretation here. Jesus is asserting who he is as God is very different from every other god in the world. He is the way, the one so to speak.
I love the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 18. He has a show down on Mt. Carmel with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah (whom Baal was known to have ‘known’ in the biblical sense). The showdown is a test to see whose God is real. The Israelites had the same problem we have today – they liked to let idols take the place of worship of God. So, there’s this showdown where each team builds an altar and calls to heaven for their god to light it on fire.
After hours and hours, Baal has failed to light the altar. At one point Elijah suggest the prophets need to yell louder because Baal might be taking a dump. Classic. Finally, he has had enough so Elijah takes his turn. Before he prays, he completely drowns his altar in water. He prays a simple prayer and a huge pillar of fire comes from heaven and utterly engulfs the altar, the rocks, the dirt, the calf, the water, the everything and burns it entirely. End of discussion.
My suspicion is, if you had a similar showdown with the other gods of the world the end result would be the same.
As unfortunate as it may be, I think there may be one Bigfoot with various names across the world. It is not the same with God. There is one true God with many false gods who are posers.