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|The Difference Between Christianity
and Other Religions
I have heard people say “How can I know which religion is the right one? I would have to study
them all to find out”. To answer this I will outline the main difference between Christianity and the
three other most popular religions, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The 2012 figures show the
following world religion percentages: Christianity 33% Muslim 23% Hindu 14% Buddhist 7% and
many others in smaller percentages. In one sense all religions are similar because they deal with a
“god” or “gods” who are superior to us and live in another realm. They each have their versions of
why we are here and what happens to us after death, and they have a book or books that form the
foundation of their beliefs. And they were started by a spiritual leader who developed a following.
What is totally different about Christianity is who Jesus claimed to be, what he did, and why he
came. Compared to all other religions, Jesus was the only one that claimed to be the Son of God
and called God his Father. Jesus was the only one who was born of a virgin. Jesus was with God
before he came to earth. Through Jesus all things were created, things in heaven and on earth.
Jesus was also the only one that knew what he was sent to earth to do: He came to die willingly for
our sins so that we could be forgiven. This is the biggest difference between what Jesus did for us
and what Muhammad, Buddha, Krishna, or any other spiritual leader did. None of them died for
anyone. Jesus was the only one that lived a sinless life. Jesus also was the only one that
performed miracles compared to the other spiritual leaders. Jesus was the only one that healed the
blind, the crippled, and the sick. Jesus was also the only one that was resurrected from the dead
and went up to heaven to be with His Father. Jesus was also the only one that said he will come
back again to set up his kingdom on this earth for 1000 years. Jesus was the only one that
promised us eternal life with God.
This is the biggest difference between Christianity and all other religions. Muhammad was a man,
Buddha was a man, but Jesus was both God and Man. He was the Son of Man and the Son of God.
Most religions were started by someone who claimed to have had either a vision or a message
from god. Jesus never made that claim. He said that he was from heaven and He came to teach us
about his Father. Muhammad, Buddha, and Joseph Smith did not say they were from heaven.
Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship with a loving God and his Son Jesus Christ who died
for us so that all who choose to accept His forgiveness for their sins may be forgiven and have a
personal relationship with Jesus throughout their life and spend eternity with God when they die.
A religion does not give one that privilege. It only gives one the hope that their god will be pleased
with them and with how they lived their life and the hope that a better place awaits them when they
die. Christians don’t have to hope, they KNOW, because God has made them a promise that if they
believe in His Son Jesus, they will spend eternity with Him and God always keeps his promise.
God also gave Christians the Holy Spirit who testifies with their spirit that they are children of God.
There are many differences between being a Christian and being religious. Most religions consist
of rules of conduct, what you can and can’t do, and even what you can and can’t eat or drink. Jesus
gave his followers only one rule to follow: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your
soul, all your mind, and all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
Christianity is all about loving God and loving people.
The best way to find out more about Christianity and what you think of Jesus is to read the New
Testament. You can get one at any bookstore or online and if you read just the first four gospels,
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John you will find out who Jesus was, why he came, and what he did.
Then after examining this information, you can decide for yourself.