Today much is being said comparing Christianity with other religions. Many are saying that all religions are good and produce law-abiding, peace-loving citizens. People fail to understand that there is a vast difference between religion and salvation. Religion is an individual doing something for God. Salvation if God alone doing something for a hell-bound, hell-deserving individual. Let's look at some important differences between the God of the Bible that the Christians worship and the gods that other religions worship.1. The God of the Bible has a Son
His title and name is the Lord Jesus Christ. God expressed His love and desire for the world through His Son, Jesus Christ.
John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
1 John 4:9-10 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.Does your God have such a Son???2. The God of the Bible has a Sacrifice
The Lamb for the sacrifice is promised in Genesis.
Gen. 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
In Isaiah 53 we learn that the Lamb is to be a person.
Isa. 53:5-7 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Who is this Lamb??? John the Baptist introduces us to the Lord Jesus Christ with this statement; John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. God provided himself a Lamb in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.Does your God have such a Sacrifice???3. The God of the Bible has Salvation
The sacrifice was more than a dying lamb. It required the shedding of blood. Notice these truths about the shedding of blood in the word of God.
Ex 12:7, 12-13 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
Heb. 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Here we learn that the redemption of sinners is in the Blood of Christ.
Heb. 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Here we see that the remission of our sins is in the Blood of Christ.
Col. 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. This teaches that Christians are reconciled to God through the Blood of Christ.
So, we conclude that in the Salvation of Christianity there is redemption, purchased through the blood of Christ, and remission of sins, dealing with the sinner's past, and reconciliation, producing peace for the redeemed sinner.Does your God offer such a Sacrifice???4. The God of the Bible has a Spirit
Every Christian has the Spirit of God living inside them. Jesus told His disciples just before His death on the cross this truth; John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Gal. 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Christians are enabled by the power of the Spirit of God that lives inside them to possess these fruits of the Spirit in our lives. Christians then, by the power of the Spirit of God, are loving, joyful, peaceful, law-abiding citizens.Does your God have such a Spirit???
Since all other gods have no son or sacrifice, they really have no salvation to offer. Therefore, their followers have no salvation to enjoy, and since they have no spirit indwelling within them, they have no love, peace or joy inside them as well. The only joy the followers of other gods have is in destroying those that disagree with them. All other gods require their followers to die for their cause to keep their religion alive.
The difference is very clear. You must make the choice. Do you want a god that offers a religion that requires you to destroy others, or even you and your sons to die for him? Or, do you want the God that gave His Son to die for you so that you can be saved and live eternally with Him in Heaven???
Deut. 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Eph. 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Rom. 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
(Excerpt from a pamphet written by Evangelist Stinnett Ballew)
Labels: Evangelism, Salvation