Many are shocked to discover that Christianity shares a lot in common with other world religions, particularly religions that are monotheistic (those religions that believe in one God who is creator and sustainer of the universe). For instance most religions teach that it’s not a good idea to kill people or sleep with your neighbors wife or take something that isn’t yours. In fact, regarding basic morality, most religions can find a lot of overlap and agreement.
So what is Christianity then? Or better, what makes Christianity different or unique among other world religions? Can’t we simply lump Christianity in with the rest of them and call it even? Well, we can certainly understand the philosophical temptations to do just that, the only problem is what Christianity says about itself. Or more accurate, the problem is what the “Christ” of Christianity says about himself. See, the fundamental difference between Christianity and other religions is in fact the central figure of Christianity, Jesus Christ. Who he is, what he said, and what he did makes it entirely impossible to keep Christianity on the same field as other ideologies and religions.
So what did he say and do that makes him stand in a category of his own? The distinguishing marks of Christianity can be found exclusively in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The “gospel” literally translated from Greek means “glad tidings” or “good news”, and the good news is this: God the Son, Jesus Christ, suffered the consequence of sin in place of all sinners by being crucified on a Roman cross. He then rose again just three days later conquering sin and death. By conquering sin on our behalf, He has paved the way for you to be found blameless before a holy God.
God deeply desires to have a real, personal and intimate relationship with you! But there is a problem-by your very nature you’re a sinner. We all are sinners. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23) and that God, being perfect and holy, wants us to be like Him (Lev.11:45, 1Peter 1:16).
So you might ask, “What can I do to be holy like God?” and the answer is simple-nothing! Nothing we can do for ourselves could ever make us good enough or clean enough to be in God’s presence. Only God can forgive us for the sins that we’ve committed. That’s why God sent his only Son, Jesus, to do what we could not. Jesus lived a perfectly sinless life, and when He willingly died on the cross, He exchanged the sins of the whole world for His righteousness. The Bible tells us that God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us and that whoever believes this will have everlasting life (John 3:16).
All you have to do to receive this forgiveness is believe. Believe that you are a sinner, believe that Jesus died for your sins and believe that He rose from the grave three days later and you will receive righteousness in place of your sin and eternal life instead of death.
Confess these things to God-He will hear you. Don’t worry about having all the answers to the questions you might have in your head-respond to what God is doing in your heart today, and He will give you those answers as you get to know Him and His word-the Bible.
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