“Christianity is unique among world religions, and Christ’s true uniqueness is the centerpiece of Christianity. The truth about Christ is based primarily on the New Testament documents which have been shown elsewhere to be authentic. The New Testament record, especially the Gospels, is one of the most reliable documents from the ancient world. From these documents we learn that numerous facets of Christ are absolutely unique.”
Christ offers a better way of salvation. Unlike the God of Islam, the God of the Bible reached out to us by sending his Son to earth to die for our sins. Muhammad offered no sure hope for salvation, only guidelines for working oneself into Allah’s favor. Christ provided all that is needed to get us to heaven in his death, ‘For Christ also died once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that he might bring us to God’ (1 Peter 3:18).
Christ teaches a better way of salvation. The Hindu is lost in the karmic cycle of reincarnation until he reaches moksha and is left to work the way out of this maze alone. Jesus promised that we would be saved by faith (Ephesians 2:8–9; Titus 3:5–7), and that we could know that our salvation is guaranteed (Ephesians 1:13–14; 1 John 5:13).
Christ offers a better way of salvation. The Buddhist also teaches reincarnation as the means of salvation. However, in this form the self or individuality of the soul is eradicated at the end of each life. So even though you live on, it is not you as an individual who has any hope of attaining nirvana. Jesus promised hope to each man and woman as an individual (John 14:3) and said to the thief on the cross beside him, ‘Today you shall be with me in paradise’ (Luke 23:43).
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Has any founder of a religion died for you? Without any more for you to do except open your hands and take the gift of salvation?
Or do you have to work to follow all kinds of rules and such?
Do you work for a gift someone gives you? Or do you receive it with gratitude?
What follows is what God wants to give you.
What you give him is your love.
It is finished.
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Have you spent your life beating yourself up with guilt?
Have you let others beat you up with guilt?
Are you really guilty? Or is it perceived?
Generally speaking, we all are guilty since we all do things wrong. But our guilt is redeemed through the greatest act of love the world has ever witnessed: Jesus Christ and him crucified. When we receive this redemption from God, we really feel freedom!
But the kind of guilt we let others put on us or we put upon ourselves – we never seem to feel free from. It smothers the life within you. And if you are a person who is very caring about others, you may find yourself going beyond the extra mile to the point of suffering in ways God does not want for you.
See, even in times of suffering, we can feel freedom deep in our soul. It’s the stuff that produces hope. And God gives us strength and comfort to endure.
But if we are suffering and not feeling free or hopeful, it is a good indication that something is amiss.
You were made to soar! This is a gift from God to all of us. Even on cloudy days.
Don’t let guilt smother you. Think about what you are allowing in your life and why.
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Have you been confused by the way Christianity has been presented?
Have you felt disqualified because someone made you think God is angry with you?
For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.
God is not angry.
He loved the world just the way it was when he took the wrath toward sin upon himself. The payment for sin is paid in full. And God chose Jesus to pay for it.
He loves you the way you are. Like an earthly father loves his child, God loves you even more so.
If Jesus died for the whole world, why would only you be singled out for God’s anger? But wait? What anger?
God knew we would trip and fall many times throughout life. He picks us up just like a father picks up his child.
Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.
This is the love God has for you.
He just wants you to love him back.
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