The difference between Christianity and other religions? What would you say to someone to show them the truth of Jesus if they were of a different religion?
As much as I hate to say I got this from Rob Bell's church, it is insightful:Some faiths believe that there is no savior...bad newsSome faiths believe that people are saviors.... more bad newsChristianity believes that God is the savior.... Good newsAnd that is the difference, in no other major faith do they believe that God was good enough to come down and save us from our sins, some faiths don't even believe that people do sin or have immorality of any kind.
I could be wrong on this, but here it goes...All the other religions you have to 'work' for God's favor- you have to say a number of prayers a certain way, go to Mecca, have a certain diet, etcIn Christianity we have 'grace' - it is a gift, not something we work for or can earn
It's a relationship one on one with the savior of the world (:
I could go on about what seperates us from Athiesm, but what seperates us from other religions? That's hard to define, but I'll explain why.See, because other religions have no proof (because they're... not... true....) they require a lot of faith. Christ also wants a lot of faith from/in us "For we are saved by faith and not by deeds, so that no man may boast..."However, as Nicole said, we do have a personal relationship with our Saviour. There are things which cannot be explained outside of divine intervention that come out of these relationships, however, again because Christ wants us to have faith, these things don't typically come to light outside of the local church community.Hope that makes sense?
It really depends on the specific religion. I've studied a lot of religions, especially in my time of doubt/absence that most of you saw. Religion is just another word for one's belief in life's purpose or purposelessness. Atheism, Islamism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Spiritualism, Juche, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, and even Scientology are all religions. Each is different from Christianity obviously because Christianity is the one true religion but in order to explain the difference to someone, you'd have to find their exact religion; not just the general name of it, but that individual's religion. For instance, you can have 50 people say they follow Spiritualism and yet they all believe completely different things. Just like with Christianity, there is over 300,000 denominations and in each denomination, there is multiple beliefs. It's a tree of infinite branches. It may sound conceded in a way but the difference is, the Bible is right so whoever truly follows it is following the right religion.
Christianity is the closest "religion" I believe in. Denomination isnt in the Word, and thus I am not a Baptist, or a Pentecostal or a LDS, JW or even a buddist. Rather, I am a son of God. A co-heir with Christ, I am a new creation, set apart from the world AND religion!Sooo, to answer your question, Ariel, the difference between religion is nothing... the difference between what your heart is devoted to is what makes the difference. In my case, my heart is devoted to Christ. And I show this through action
If youre looking for a silver bullet or an ace up your sleeve to pull out on any occasion that will make all who see convert then im afraid youll not find what youre looking for. Just a thought, but perhaps youre getting ahead of yourself in asking the second question about other people, if you havent already answered the first for yourself?
Japlace I couldn't of said it better myself
On a side note, all these other religions and denominations come from people twisting His words around and making changes to the original scriptures. And some just come out of foolishness, selfishness and arrogance and denial. I am non-religious and non-denominational and I do my best reading the original King James because it is the closest TO the originals before they were translated and altered over and over (also, NIV leaves verses out and I was really shocked to come across that). Message me for details. Furthermore, I plan on learning Hebrew so that I can compare the original to the Bibles and versions of today!! It's something that really interests me. I have no idea how anyone had the guts to change or add anything to the Bible... It says at the end not to, lol. To conclude because this is getting pretty long, praising God, the ONE and ONLY true GOD, and following HIM and HIS son who died for us isn't a religion -- it's just the way you should live. And it's not a choice you have whether He exists or not because He does. Think about who God is really. You can choose what you believe in but in a way you really can't because God, Christ and the Holy Spirit are REAL. It's difficult getting that across to people that their God they speak of and believe in doesn't actually exist but hey it's something that has to be done. How else are we going to bring Buddhists and such to Christ?! It's hard to have these people not be offended but really, it's the people before them a long time ago that started these religions and came off as a strong manipulative leader -- it's their fault, be mad at them!! Has anyone seen the Book of Eli? The guy wants a hold of the last Bible in the world because it is the most powerful book... and he wants to change it to what he wants so that he has power and authority. This is where a lot of things other than "Christianity" come from
It would take quite a bit to delve into this subject, but it is a very important one! I'm trying to take the time to study other religions and gain more of defense for the Christian faith when witnessing to others. It's interesting to see that many religions borrow from Christianity with certain concepts- one being morality. The enemy's best tactic to use is half truths. So with many religions you will see certain "truths" interlaced with lies such as: do not kill, do not steal, show reverence to the deity you worship, etc...yet there will be lies such as- "beat your wife." There's a book out there that actually charts out the similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions. For example, it may say that Muslims and Christians both believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, but then it will show the differences like: there's different moral codes for Muhammad than the followers of Islam. (He's able to take on as many wives as he desires, yet other men are only able to take on four wives.) I believe the book is called Christianity, Cults, and other Religions.It's definitely important to prepare for such topics to be discussed. Geisler, William Lane Craig, and Lee Strobel are all good resources, but there are plenty more out there as well!
Another good book on this topic is Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias. Is a bit deep and a bit of a harder read, but it's really good.