As most of you who visit already know, I am a Bible-believing Christian. And while I could go on to explain the Biblical reasons for that, I wanted to take a moment and look at this topic from another point of view.
And by that I mean taking a look at the other religions. There is an estimated 4,200 religions in the world, including Christianity. However, most of these are branches of some major religions, thus that number is very general.
But for a moment, let’s take a look at other religions. And I don’t mean an in-depth look at them, but a brief examination of them. And by that I don’t mean we’re going to do an exhaustive look at them and decide why they’re wrong, but a brief look at why Christianity, Bible-believing Christianity that is, is the only one that makes any sense.
First let’s look at the religion of Atheism, or “non-religious” people who don’t believe in God. While I won’t go into an in-depth analysis of evolution, let’s think about this for a second. Atheism states that there is no God, that mankind is the highest intelligence there is, and that when we die, we will go six feet deep and rot into dust and worms. But why? If evolution is the way we got here, why did we stop evolving when we reached humanity? And why don’t humans evolve any more? Why don’t humans develop powers like super-speed, flight, or any of your standard comic-book powers? And why don’t humans evolve into more skin colors, like blue or green, instead of the colors we see today?
While I won’t dwell on the topic that “design requires a designer”, does no one see that? We all know that art requires artists; food requires cooks; children require parents, but earth doesn’t need God? 2+2=4, not 5.
Furthermore, if there is no afterlife and we die and go under the ground, where is life’s purpose? I know some atheists argue that life in itself is fulfilling through relationships, success, etc., but seriously, WHERE is life’s purpose if we only rot in the ground? Seems pointless if everything we do is ultimately for nothing. Not to mention without God to define moral high ground, where does our sense of good and evil come from?
Buddhism & Hinduism
There is are a ton of reasons to not be a Buddhist or Hindu, but let’s look at some basic. First there’s Hinduism’s many gods, 33 MILLION someone counted, and all their weird rituals. Seriously, one of them you have to light candles to guide the god on its way-apparently it can’t see in the dark.
Then there is the aspect of the rituals and works required in both religions—seriously, even for just the casual viewer that’s way too much work. I know that sounds lazy, and maybe it is a bit, but think about it. You have to center yourself, connect to the “inner god”, balance your yin and yang, etc.
And can we just talk about that yin-yang for a minute? Not only is that the basis of eastern religions, but that defines everything they do: the way they eat, the way they dress, literally everything they do is defined by this yin-yang. Sounds like a great way to live, don’t it? Oh if that ain’t enough, you have to keep in mind dead relatives that might be watching you as some reincarnated fly or pet dog. That’s why Hindus don’t eat cows—it might be Grandpa Abhay or someone like that.
Christianity is often called “the largest religion in the world, with over 2 billion followers”. But let’s break that number down a minute.
One of the largest members of that “2 billion” is Roman Catholicism. And, let’s face it: Catholicism has LOTS of problems. I could write an entire article about the problems with Roman Catholicism, but I won’t. Let’s just sum it up real fast here by saying: RC has WAY to much going on in it. Think about it, you have prayers to Mary, to the Saints, to the pope, and “Oh yeah, pray an ‘Our Father’ too, will ya?”. You’ve sinned? Oh, pray this prayer, do the rosary three times, and maybe donate to the church a little and you’ll be forgiven. Far too much work, as far as anything goes.
Then there’s Mormonism, which is a whole subject in itself. Mormonism relies heavily on works, but also puts great faith in Joseph Smith and the temple ceremony, which is about thirty different colors of wrong in itself. (We’ll go over Mormonism sometime in the future). For now, just know that Mormonism is its own mess.
You could be Jehovah’s Witness, if you don’t mind going door to door and trying to get others to join the cult. Yes, it’s a cult. Relying heavily on the leaders in the Watchtower organization and Charles Taze Russell, their founder, JWs rely on their good works to secure their place in Heaven. There’s a whole another article coming one day on that, too.
One of the fastest growing religions on the planet, Islam comes from the “Prophet Mohamed”, the man who had 23 wives at one time.
Islam itself is probably the most violent religion on the planet, declaring all who will not convert must die. Yes, Pseudo-Christians slaughtered Jews and Muslims during the Crusades, but that was not commanded by God. Allah, the Muslims’ god, commands all who will not convert must be beheaded. And ladies, you haven’t seen oppression until you’ve met Islam. A woman has no rights except what a man allows, cannot speak in public; has no word in court unless ten men can confirm her story, and must cover her entire body in public except her eyes. Oh, and if she’s raped? Well you’ll live if you get lucky, but don’t try the courts—you have no help there, unless you know ten men who will stand up for you. There is no mercy in Islam; only the violent may make it to paradise, where you will be given 70 virgins (or white grapes-Islamic scholars are unclear on that translation) and rivers of wine.
In conclusion, the Bible says Jesus is the only way to Heaven (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection (the Gospel, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4), we can be forgiven our sins and be assured of Heaven when we die. Much like a penny a day for twenty years will not pay off a million-dollar loan, one cannot work their way to heaven. Jesus is our only hope, or else when He prayed to the Father “let this cup pass from me” (Matthew 26:39), it would’ve. Salvation is the “gift of God” through Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5). Grace is “God’s riches at Christ’s expense”, and no one will ever invent or discover a new way into Heaven.
Hell is a place that will never end (Mark 9:44) that God doesn’t want us to go. “A loving God wouldn’t send someone to Hell” you argue. You’re right—He wouldn’t. God designed Hell for the Devil and the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41). But God didn’t make robots, and in order to have good, one must have evil, and the ability to choose between the two. Man chose wrong, and we’ve had to deal with the consequences ever since. God loves us all (John 3:16) and sent His only begotten Son to die in our place. If we are willing to turn from sin, turn to God (repent), and accept Jesus as our Saviour, we can be pardoned from our sins past, present, and future for all of eternity (Romans 10:9, 10, 13; Mark 1:15; John 6:39, 40, 47). Yes, we will still sin, but we can never lose our salvation, and won’t want to sin (Romans 7), but that’s another article for some other time.
In conclusion, I am a Bible-believing Christian because it’s the only one that makes any sense and the only way to God. Thank you for reading, and I’ll catch you later.
Some people believe that the Church has replaced Israel; that God has fulfilled the promises made to Israel and therefore, they are not necessary. But sadly, though many people who hold this opinion call themselves Christians, they do not understand what the Bible says. Let us take a look at what the Bible says, and let us see why the church has not replaced Israel.
First, let us look at what Romans 11:1-4. Paul says
“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image to Baal.”
If the Church has replaced Israel, then that passage is a fraud. If the church is the new Israel, then God has cast away His people which He foreknew.
1st Corinthians 10:32 says: “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God”.
If the church has replaced Israel, then why are they mentioned separately? Clearly, God has not thrown Israel away.
In the Bible, God is called the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob several times. Here are some examples:
“Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Luke 20:37).
“That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee” (Exodus 4:5).
These are just two of all the times that God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Three times God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. In Malachi 3:6, God says: “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
If God was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob then, and if God loved Israel then, He still is God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and He still loves Israel. Continue reading “The Importance of Israel”