Saturday, November 10, 2012
Why Christianity isn't just another Religion to choose from and Why YOU need Jesus!
No doubt there are many religious paths to take in this world, as seen in this chart below:
I'm often asked, if Christianity claims to be the ONLY way to heaven, what about all these other religions in the world? This is a great question, and one I had for many years as well. But let me try and explain why Jesus' claim to be the only way to God is indeed true.
Let's start with Jesus saying that he came from heaven: "For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. (John 6:38) Jesus mission came from heaven itself because Jesus was the Son of God. No other religious figure claimed to be God or did things to prove that they were God. Jesus on the other hand, did things on this earth that only God could do: rise from dead, heal the blind, walk on water, feed 5,000 people, etc. He also fulfilled hundreds of prophecies about himself. No other religion comes close to these authenticating proofs.
Since Jesus was God in the flesh, he has the final authority to point humanity in the RIGHT direction. Every thing he taught came from Heaven above. In comparison, everything taught by human religious figures such as Muhammad, Gandhi, Buddha, etc. were things that came from a sin cursed world and not from heaven. James says: " Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. (James 3:15) Matthew Henry comments on this verse saying: "It springs from earthly principles, acts upon earthly motives, and is intent upon serving earthly purposes. It is sensual indulging the flesh, and making provision to fulfill the lusts and desires of it."
Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, the life, and no one comes to the Father, expect by Me." (John 14:6) Why did Jesus say this? We have to first understand that our world is fallen and infected with sin. Sin is: The Breaking of God's Moral Law, (the 10 commandments).
Every person has broken God's law. We are born into sin and have sinned against God. Jesus said He is the ONLY way because is the ONLY solution for the sin problem. Every attempt by man in his religious pursuits falls desperately short. "he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. (Titus 3:5a) God's mercy alone through the cross of Christ provided the way for mankind to be saved from his/her sins. All other religious paths through their "righteous works" will not meet God's righteous demand against sin. In fact, the god of this world (Satan) has used the religions of the world AND false sects of Christianity (Catholicism, Jehovah's Witness, Mormonism) to lead people astray. "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." ( 2 Corinthians 4:4)
Simply put, we NEED Jesus, because Jesus alone is God, who took on our sin, who died in our place, and rose from the dead!! God extends his mercy to us through Jesus alone to be saved. God also calls everyone who follows other paths to Him, to repent and trust in the only provision made for their sins against Him: Jesus Christ!
God has saved multitudes from other countries and religions unto Himself. Lastly, we will see this in heaven itself when this age has passed:
"9 And they sang a new song, saying:“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign[b] on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10)
In Christ -Dustin