One True Religion
Imagine the results if more people in the world realized the simple fact that there are over 11,000 religions in the world and that it is impossible with our present knowledge to find out which is the “true” one. An inevitable corollary to this belief would be that they would develop a degree of doubt that their religion is the only “true” one. People might be less inclined to oppress, discriminate against, murder or commit mass murder and genocide against people of other faiths such as has happened during the past decade in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Cyprus, Nigeria, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, the U.S. etc.
Imagine the results if more people accepted their religion as the best faith for them, but at the same time recognized that there are other religions which teach about other deities, other systems of morality, other religious practices, etc. Yet almost all of them motivate people to lead better lives. There might be fewer people willing to defend their particular religion by oppressing or killing followers of other religions and spiritual paths. ↬ Religious Tolerance
The problem with both these ideas is that it would never work in the real world. Most religions are out to prove they are the only true path to the Divine. Christians are taught that the only way to insure a place in the next life was to believe that Jesus was the Son of God and was the author of my salvation. The Islamic faith teaches that the Qua’ran is the only true message from God. Many other religions have similar ideas that make them the only path to the afterlife. And most of the time, these ideas are one of the pillars that the religion is based on, so the thought of another religion being equally valid is anathema to them.
Is there One True Religion? Maybe, if it could be gleaned from all the religions of the world and compiled in such a way that it made sense. In the mean time, the debate is pointless.