The poem below provides a metaphorical explanation as to how the descriptions in the world's religions of the One Supreme Being that they all worship can so radically differ.

Poem by American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) based on the famous Ancient Indian parable.
 It was six men of Indostan
 To learning much inclined,
 Who went to see the Elephant
 (Though all of them were blind),
 That each by observation
 Might satisfy his mind.

 The First approached the Elephant,
 And happening to fall
 Against his broad and sturdy side,
 At once began to bawl:
 "God bless me! but the Elephant
 Is very like a wall!"

 The Second, feeling of the tusk
 Cried, "Ho! what have we here,
 So very round and smooth and sharp?
 To me 'tis mighty clear
 This wonder of an Elephant
 Is very like a spear!"

 The Third approached the animal,
 And happening to take
 The squirming trunk within his hands,
 Thus boldly up he spake:
 "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
 Is very like a snake!"

 The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
 And felt about the knee:
 "What most this wondrous beast is like
 Is mighty plain," quoth he;
 "'Tis clear enough the Elephant
 Is very like a tree!"

 The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
 Said: "E'en the blindest man
 Can tell what this resembles most;
 Deny the fact who can,
 This marvel of an Elephant
 Is very like a fan!"

 The Sixth no sooner had begun
 About the beast to grope,
 Than, seizing on the swinging tail
 That fell within his scope.
 "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
 Is very like a rope!"

 And so these men of Indostan
 Disputed loud and long,
 Each in his own opinion
 Exceeding stiff and strong,
 Though each was partly in the right,
 And all were in the wrong!


So oft in theologic wars,
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen.

"These blind men, every one honest in his contentions and certain of having the truth, formed schools and sects and factions..." -- Lord Buddha