This is a hard idea for me to explain. Hindu people often claim that Christianity is just one of many paths to God. I've heard this idea many times before and dismissed it, but yesterday it suddenly seemed more interesting. I wanted to find out how others feel about it.
As background, I grew-up as a Christian, but I gave-up on God in college and have considered myself an atheist most of my life. (I'm 48). In 2009 I had a breakdown that I understood to be spiritual, so I became an Orthodox. I quickly became disillusioned and stopped going to church in 2011. I've spent the last several years trying to understand what actually happened during that time.
Last month I thought I made a breakthrough. I realized one of my lingering suspicions about a friend were simply imagined. That realization helped me see that other memories and ideas from that period must also be imaginary. So I thought I was finally back to being a normal person again.
Unfortunately, a couple of days ago I realized that some seemingly paranormal experiences happened many years before I had the breakdown in 2009. So that made me wonder again about the possibility for supernaturalism.
(Sorry this is so long.) To get to the point, I have read enough history to convince myself that Judaism and Christianity evolved gradually from earlier forms of religions. Some Christians claim that God inspired his followers gradually and imperceptibly, but this seems to be an excuse to continue believing in God's involvement (much like intelligent design).
So I started wondering if something (a universal consciousness, our higher selves, etc.) interacts with humans through the subconscious where things like religious concepts are stored. A Christian naturally interacts through Christianity, a muslim through Islam, etc.
Just wondering if this idea has any following in Orthodoxy.