What is the primary difference between Christianity and all other world religions?

What is the primary difference between Christianity and all other world religions?

The person of Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible differentiate Christianity.

The cross of Christ forever bridged the gap between sinners and a Holy God. The Bible, rightly called the book that made our world, has inspired the best of Western civilization: science, technology, education, and political and economic freedom. Because we are made in God’s image, Christianity values human dignity and liberates those who are often marginalized in other cultures: slaves, women, children and outcasts.

The founders of all other religions are dead. They have offered some sound platitudes for living a moral life, but no hope for eternity based on solid evidence. Theirs are religions of good works and self-sacrifice to gain a pardon for the worshiper’s sins.

If you would like to learn more about Jesus and his power to set you free from sin while offering you an opportunity to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.

Did Jesus Claim to be God?

Did Jesus Claim to be God?

   This question is asked often and the simple answer is “yes.” Of course, there are lots of people who have made that claim throughout history. Stories abound of institutionalized mental patients claiming they were God. So we’ll examine the significance of Jesus making that claim and why we do not believe that what Jesus said was not something cooked up in a delusional mind. First, the claims as recorded in the Bible:

“…he who has seen Me has seen the Father…”   John 14:9

“…I and The Father are one…”     John 10:30

Jesus repeatedly referred to himself as “I am” (John 8:58) which in the Hebrew tradition amounted to a declaration that He was God. It was these repeated pronouncements that infuriated the religious authorities in his day who called for his execution via crucifixion. Death was the prescribed punishment for the sin of heresy, and Jesus’ assertion that he was God would have been considered the ultimate heresy thus the demand for capital punishment.

Besides his direct assertion that he was God, the Bible relates stories where Jesus demonstrated that he was God. On one occasion, Jesus invited three of his disciples, James, Peter and John, to accompany him to Mt. Tabor to witness Him being transfigured to the Majesty He had before coming to earth. There Jesus was joined in midair by Moses and Elijah and the witnesses heard the voice of God saying,

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”    Matthew 17:5

Furthermore, Jesus raised several people from the dead including Lazarus, a man who had been dead three days and was starting to stink of decay. There were many witnesses to these events. Most significantly, Jesus, himself, rose from the dead, one of the most documented events of the ancient world. Following his resurrection, Jesus appeared in bodily form to hundreds of people and during this period he would suddenly appear and disappear thru doors and walls in a locked room.   

The evidences are many and clear. His coming to earth, living a perfect life, performing many miracles, suffering a terrible death for us on a cross and rising from the dead that we may be forgiven and enjoy fellowship with Him now here on this earth is sufficient to confirm that Jesus is indeed God.   

All it takes is for you and each of us now is to say YES I BELIEVE and TRUST in HIM. How about you? Have you? If not, why not? If you would like to learn more about Jesus and his power to set you free from sin while offering you an opportunity to enjoy an eternity free from guilt, pain and shame, please go to our Next Steps page.

What is the primary difference between Christianity and all other world religions?

What is the primary difference between Christianity and all other world religions?

The simple answer is, Jesus! Why? Because he alone saves.

When Jesus was comforting his disciples, he explained:

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6

Only Christianity offers absolute assurance of eternal life as it is a gift of God’s grace for all who by faith trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. (Ephesians 2:8). Christianity is about Jesus, the Cross (forgiveness of sins) and his Resurrection and Ascension, and his second coming.

The founders of all other religions are dead. They have offered some sound platitudes for living a moral life, but no hope for eternity based on solid evidence.They are religions of good works and self sacrifice to gain a pardon for the worshiper’s sins.

Can anyone really know if they will have eternal life?

Can anyone really know if they will have eternal life?

This is one of life’s most important questions. The Bible is God’s Word. There you will read these words of assurance:

“If you confess with your mouth Jesus Christ as Lord and believe in your heart God has raised him from the dead you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9,10

The certainty of eternal life is a consequence of two actions on the part of an individual, but, paradoxically, the actions that guarantee this eternal life took place 2000 years ago. Jesus, the son of God, came to earth to die and atone for all the wrong actions of every man and woman who ever lived and whoever will live. When you, or anyone else, sincerely believes that Jesus provided a way to cover your sins, as if they never happened, and if you confess that you accept his death and resurrection from the dead on your behalf, you can be secure in knowing that you will spend eternity in the presence of God. This promise of God is sealed and guaranteed by the Holy Spirit. At that same instant God’s spirit becomes part of your body, mind and soul. From that moment on you are a new creation in Christ, a child of God and a member of God’s family.
 
Now for the practical evidence of that decision. Here are some questions for you to consider:

  • Do you tell others about Jesus and what he has done for you? (Your personal testimony)
  • Do you read and live by the truth of the Bible, God’s word?
  • Besides just reading the Bible, do you study to discover God’s plan for your life?
  • Are you acquiring a Biblical worldview?
  • Do you experience God disciplining you like a father teaches a son or daughter?
  • Is your conscience and heart right with God? Do you fully trust and obey Him?
  • Do you reflect God’s love in your relationship with others?
  • Do you attend a church where Bible truths are taught clearly and regularly?
  • Do you enjoy collective worship of God and fellowship with other Christians??
  • Do you feel forgiven of all your past sins?
  • Do you pray regularly and continue to ask God for forgiveness when you do sin?

If these things are true for you, then you can rest assured that you are really saved and are a Christian and can live in the joy of God’s love now and forever and have a life full of meaning and purpose.   

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What Does it Mean to Worship God?

What Does it Mean to Worship God?

Worship is the grateful response to a gracious and loving God. It means honoring the God of creation who has given life and the assurance of eternal life for all put their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Worship is a spontaneous and voluntary act of gratitude offered by the saved sinner to the Savior.

Simply stated, worship is just saying, “thank you God for all your blessings.”  The fact is that every good thing a person has in life is a gift from God. So in worship, we praise God for his amazing works in creation. We praise him because His power is great and His unfailing love is even greater. In a greater sense, worship reflects the condition of the human heart and lifts the human spirit. Worship connects people with God at the spiritual level.

In the Christian perspective, Stewardship is worship. Service in missions and in the church is worship. Good works, done in Jesus name, is worship. Singing praises to the Lord as worship. Sharing the good news of the Gospel with others is worship.  In other words, all of life’s activities should be worship. Worship will be one of the primary activities for eternity in heaven. In worship we say, “To God be the glory. Great things he has done!”  This is what it means to worship God.

How could the gospel writers accurately quote Jesus?

How could the gospel writers accurately quote Jesus?

​The answer is simple for a Christian. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. That means, God directed the authors to write without error or contradictions, as some claim exists. Jesus said to his disciples in John 14:26, “the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will remind you of everything I have said to you.” Everything! God keeps his promises.

For the skeptic and nonbeliever, there is proof of another kind. In Jesus’ day, it was mainly by oral tradition that information got passed along from one generation to the next. In the Jewish tradition, a rabbi or teacher, which is what Jesus was called by the religious establishment of the day, would have 8 to 12 disciples. Those disciples or students would memorize the rabbis’ teachings so that after he died his words could be passed along or taught to others. Therefore, it is most likely that Jesus’ 12 disciples did much the same, as they were raised in that tradition too. This is another way it is possible for us to have Jesus’ words verbatim in the Bible.

Now, is there a more modern-day example of such memorizing capability? Yes, Fanny Crosby, the greatest Christian hymn-writer of all- time with more than 5000 hymns is an example. She became blind at age 6 weeks but memorized scripture over time with the help of her grandmother who read the Bible to her every day. Fact! By age 12, Fanny memorized perfectly the entire text of the first four books of the Bible and the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. She went on in life to memorize even more of the Bible. It was from this vast memory of God’s word that she was able to create her hymns and other Christian writings. The human mind has a great capacity to memorize incredible details. If she could do it, so could the disciples.

​ Finally, if you are searching for Truth in this politically correct culture where tolerance is valued more than truth, then read Jesus’ words in the New Testament. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Jesus is the embodiment of Truth. And if by chance you want to actually hear God speak to you, read the Bible aloud. It is, after all, God’s inspired word. The Bible is the operating and safety manual for life. Study well and often. And don’t leave home without it.