The difference between Christianity and other
religions can be summarized like these:
Christianity: What God did to bring us salvation. All other religions: What man does to bring salvation upon himself
In other words, the religions of this world emphasize works, what man must do to be saved, while Christianity emphasizes what God did to save us.
What did God do?
1 Peter 3:18 "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God."
Jesus Christ the Son of God, died on our behalf, so that we could be saved!
What happened to Jesus after His crucifixion?
Matt 28:5-7 "The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
He was resurrected and is alive and well. This was confirmed by more than 500 people to whom Jesus appeared after His resurrection.
Acts 1:3 "After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God."
1 Cor 15:6 "After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep."
During Jesus' trial, all of His disciples were cowering and hiding for fear of losing their own lives. After Jesus' resurrection, these same disciples became bold and preached the resurrected Messiah to all to hear, and backed up their testimony with their own blood: all of Jesus' apostles died as martyrs, except for John. No one would die for a lie, even less, 11 people who used to worry about their own lives.
Can we save ourselves by trying to lead a good life?
No! Eph 2:8-9 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast."
Is there any other way to be saved?
No! Acts 4:12 "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
What can we do to be saved?
John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Acts 2:38-39 "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
Believe in Jesus as your Saviour and accept Him into your life. He paid the price of your salvation. Your works won't save you. Your good looks won't save you. Your dedication towards your church, mosque, or synagogue won't save you. Only Jesus can save you if you accept His offer. Will you do this now by answering His call at http://www.answers2prayer.org/saviours_call.html and welcome His gift of the Holy Spirit?
What is the Christian's central message?
Forgiveness. Acts 26:17-18 "I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'"
Who backs the Christian's message?
Jesus Himself through signs, wonders and miracles:
Acts 5:12 "The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people."
Heb 2:4 "God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will."
Personally, I have seen with my own eyes and have experienced in my own life these signs, wonders and miracles when Jesus' true message of salvation is preached. I have seen hundreds of people being healed, confirmation to them that Jesus is alive and His message is true. I have seen the lame walk, the deaf hear and the blind see. I have seen demon possessed people being freed and become normal through the power of Jesus. Christianity is the only religion which is backed up by its founder: Jesus Christ. Why? Because He is alive!
Come and start experiencing Jesus in your life. Come and accept Him now. He is calling you. Will you accept Him? The choice is yours. A choice between slavery to sin or freedom in Christ.
In His love,
Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org