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AREN’T ALL RELIGIONS BASICALLY THE SAME ?

All religions are not the same; Biblical Christianity is absolutely unique among all the religions and philosophies of mankind. Its claim to be necessary for salvation is based squarely on the uniquely powerful evidences for its truth and finality. True Christianity is not a religion, but a person, Jesus Christ. The scripture says “By Him, and for Him, were all things created (Col. 1:16-17), Thus Christianity is unique in the following fundamental respects, among many others.


Only in the Bible, is God revealed as the one eternal, personal creator, who brought the entire universe into existence by His own Word. All other religions start with the material universe as the only eternal reality, with their “gods” being essentially personifications of the natural forces which develop the universe into its present form. On the other hand, the Creator-God of the Bible has all power and is Himself, therefore, not only the One who created the universe but also the One who establishes the basis for human salvation.


Christianity alone is centered in the historical events associated with a person — the birth, death, resurrection and imminent, glorious return of Jesus Christ. Other religions are invariably based on the teachings, rather than the acts, of their founders.


Jesus Christ alone, of all men in history, has conquered man's greatest enemy — death. The founders of other religions are all dead and their tombs venerated. The tomb of Christ is empty, and His bodily resurrection from the grave is the best proved fact of all history. The fact that He alone could overcome death demonstrates that He alone has all power. He Himself said, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6).


All other religions of the world are fundamentally just one religion—one of salvation by works. Each religion sets up a particular set of religious rites, of commands and restrictions, and of ethical principles to follow, and then teaches that if a man does these things he will be saved. The human origin of each of these systems is indicated by the fact that each is humanly attainable. The Bible, however, sets its moral and ethical standard as the very holiness and perfection of God Himself, and demands nothing less than this for salvation. Obviously, no man would invent a standard which was utterly impossible for any man to keep.


Jesus Christ alone of all men who ever lived, maintained in every respect a life of perfect holiness and full obedience to His Father, thus demonstrating that He was the God-Man. He then died for the sins of all men and thus can offer full pardon and His own nature of perfect holiness to anyone who receives Him. Christ alone offers salvation by grace alone, to be received only through faith in Him. To the one who truly believes in Him, He then gives through the Holy Spirit a new nature, enabling that one to live a life pleasing to God.


There is no mere “religion” in the entire world like this. Jesus Christ is the world's creator and its only true redeemer. “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

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