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What Makes Christianity Unique
It is interesting that Christianity is unique when it comes to THE most important question: what happens after you die?
All other religions require works of some sort. Christianity alone (not Catholicism, but true Christianity) says, there is nothing you can do. Only God can save you.
Islam: says that, if your good deeds outweigh your bad deeds, you'll go to paradise, and only Allah knows what your status is. There is a shortcut to paradise by being a martyr.
Hinduism: you must do well in whatever your position is in this life. If you do well, you will come back (reincarnated) at a higher level.
Catholics: to go to heaven a Catholic must be e baptized in the Trinitarian formula, they must observe the Catholic sacraments, and they cannot die with any unconfessed mortal sins. If they fail in any of these areas, they can work out their sin debt in purgatory.
Mormons: believe that everyone goes to heaven, except for those Mormons who leave the Mormon church. There are multiple levels of heaven and to get to the higher levels requires a lot of work, in particular obedience to the church in whatever they ask you to do. If you are a man who does all that is required, you can become a god of your own planet.
Christianity: there is nothing you can do to get into heaven. You have broken God's laws (see the The Good Person Test), and have earned the just penalty. Everyone on earth is in the situation. So God came to earth as a man, died on the cross in your place, paying the penalty you've earned for breaking God's laws. God, Jesus Christ, did it all. If you trust this is true and accept this gift, it is yours. But you can't even do that on your own, so God gives you the faith to believe (Ephesians 2:8-9). God does it all. Trust Him.
Christianity does not require you to do anything... nothing. However, when you become a Christian your desires change and you will want to get baptized. You will want to be with other Christians (attend church). You will want to help others. But you do this things not as a result of an external compulsion imposed by your religion, but as the result of an internal desire. That's the difference between Christianity and all other religions. God does it all, and our response is one of love.
What Makes Christianity Unique? (GQ)
Questions about Christianity (GQ)
YOU DON'T HAVE A CHANCE
What you believe does not determine reality nor truth. That would make you god. But you ARE NOT god. You don't control the universe. You cannot change reality. Let's try an experiment. At about midnight stand in the middle of the road just around a corner where it is hard to be seen... at night, wearing all black. When headlights start lighting up the curve, just believe that whatever is coming does not exist. Stand firm, if you don't believe a vehicle is coming, then nothing is coming. You are perfectly safe... until reality hits.
You are now standing before Jesus. You are dead. It's judgment day. You don't want to believe it's Jesus and you will be judged. But it is. That's reality.
Judgment only takes a moment, the verdict is obvious, and you know it is correct. You are guilty. You've lied, stolen and sexually lusted after others (Matthew 5:28)... you have disobeyed God. Trusting Jesus is the only answer, but it's too late. You had your last chance just before you died.
You know it's no use to protest, but still you scream out, 'I didn't know!'
But you did know. All of creation declared God's glory, His invisible attributes, and His power. You have no excuse. You willingly rejected Jesus Christ (God).
Is this you? Are you saying, 'Hell isn't so bad, I'll be with my friends.' You know that's not true. There are no friends in hell. No beer... not even water to cool your lips. There is NOTHING good in hell.
So I beg you, consider these words. Trust Jesus as having paid your penalty for every way you've have rejected God. Trust Jeus to save you from hell and bring you into the presense of God.
Trust Jesus. Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. - Acts 16:31