(Note from Timothy: Originally published August 5, 2010).
I was invited onto the Frankie Lax show last week and got to share Ten Reasons Why Christianity if Superior to any Other Religion. This all started when Frankie made the comment that Christianity was the best religion in the world on his show. I wanted to call in and give a few reasons why, but that was on a Wednesday night and I was on my way to evening services.
So I wrote these up. These are just the points without the notes. Taking them on the air was a blast and Frankie is a great guy. He tried to trip me up at the end of the show by asking my some of the hot-issue questions of Christianity: “was it real wine?” referring to John 2. “What about Harry Potter?” “Are you a five-point Calvinist?” Stuff like that.
Here are the 10 points:
“Christianity is the only religion in which God reaches down to man by becoming a man. It is the doctrine of the incarnation which actually condemns all other religions because through the person and work of Jesus Christ, a way is actually forged for us by Christ to the Father. When leaders of other religions shut the door on Christ by denying who He is, they shut the door of salvation. They are telling the Father that His provision of salvation through His Son is not good enough. In their pride and arrogance, they believe that they have a better way back to the Father, or to ethereal bliss. They are telling the Father they do not need His Son.”
This is because Christ dealt with our sin on the cross, whereas, other religions require us to make our own atonement, which is impossible since our sin keeps us from doing anything pleasing to God.
Remember that God hates sinners and our wickedness (Psalm 5:5). The love that so many proclaim for the sinner, is falsely understood. It is not a love that accepts the sinner as they are, but seeks to slay them in the Spirit, so that we die to our sin, and live unto righteousness.
3. Christianity is the only religion that allows followers into the presence of the Father.
When a sinner believes in Christ for salvation, two things immediately happen. The first is that the sins of the sinner are imputed to the atoning work of Christ on the cross and completely paid for by His death and shed blood. Secondly, the sinner has the righteousness of Christ imputed to him, thereby he/she is seen by the Father in Christ’s perfect righteousness. This makes him/her acceptable to the Father, and brought into the presence of the Father via Christ’s righteousness.
4, Christianity is the only religion that offers its followers true assurance of salvation because our salvation is based upon Christ’s works, not our own.
This is self explanatory. Since our salvation is based on His perfect work and atonement, and through our faith in Him and His work, there is no need to fear losing our salvation if we are true believers.
5. Christianity is the only religion in which the Holy Spirit is promised to us, and dwells in us.
This means that the true Christian has the indwelling presence of God. This doesn’t mean we become gods, but His presence is with us, giving us the power to turn away from sin and temptation. In other religions, the ability to turn away from sin is impossible. While they may turn from a particular sin, sin still taints the turning away from that sin, especially in the pride that arises when they do so. Not so for the believer. When we turn from sin, via the power of the Spirit and the word of God, we know and realize that God gets all the glory. We are only doing what we were called to do.
6. Christianity is the only religion in the world where its leader is the judge of all mankind.
We are told in John 5 that Jesus has the power to give His life and take it up again, and given the authority to judge all mankind. Therefore, those in Christ will have Jesus as their Mediator instead of Judge. Those outside of Christ, will be found wanting and He will say, “Depart from me, for I never knew you.”
If there is one aspect of any religion that sets Christianity above and over other religions, it is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is no greater claim made in any other religion or off-shoot of Christianity. The resurrection is so vital, that Paul said if it were not true, then Christians were to be most pitied among all men.
8. Christianity is the only religion in which death is truly conquered.
We know this because Christ arose again, and so too, will His followers on the Last Day.
9. Christianity is the only religion in which it’s leader was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life according to God’s Law, and fulfilled countless Old Testament prophecies.
This could actually be broken into three points, but will give this brief explanation: since He was born of a virgin, He was born sinless. Original sin was not passed from His mother to Him, since original sin is passed via sinful man. This set Him up to live the perfect life, whereas all other men, false prophets included, are handicapped before they even start. Jesus was not handicapped, and chose perfectly to follow God’s perfect will, fulfilling prophecies and the demands of the Law.
Most other religions do not even adhere to God’s required standard of acceptability. They completely ignore God’s standard, and come up with their own standards.
Why is this so? Simply put? It’s convenient for false prophets, which all the religious leaders are, to set standards that they are perceived to keep. If we create our own standards of righteousness, then we can pretend that we keep them. The problem is that even the standards of righteousness we invent, we do not keep. The Apostle Paul declares to us that those who judge others by a standard, break that same standard: Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things (Romans 2:1). All religions are set up to judge those inside the religion as being acceptable, and those outside the religion as being unacceptable. Yet the very standards they set up for others they violate themselves.
BTW, Sasha wrote a piece charging 14 accusations against Christianity after this post was written. You can read my response to her post here.