Top 10 Questions People Ask About the Christian Faith:
How Can Christians Say Their Religion is the Only True One?
Have you seen the Coexist or Tolerance bumper stickers representing different religions? These popular bumper stickers are a misguided attempt at peacekeeping.
Christians are called to coexist with others.
Jesus said this is the greatest commandment: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments (Matthew 22:36-40).”
However, the problem with messages like coexist is how they lead people to believe all religions are ultimately the same. For Christians, this cannot be the case.
Unfortunately, often Christians are just as confused by this idea as non-believers and those who follow other religions.
The Pew Research Center reports, “Most Christians who say many religions can lead to eternal life also say non-Christian religions can lead to heaven. In fact, half of all Christians say some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life, while about four-in-ten say either that theirs is the one true faith leading to eternal life or that only Christianity can result in everlasting life.”
In other words, 6 out of 10 Christians do not believe Christianity is the only way to God.
The problem is, those who believe eternal life can be found through other religions have misunderstood the Gospel.
It’s easy to see how they may have gotten this wrong. It sounds harsh! But, as you will see, it is just the opposite. Eternal life is a gift freely given to those who accept Jesus as their Savior.
The Problem with Religious Pluralism
The idea that there is more than one way to God is becoming increasingly popular. This idea is known as religious pluralism.
Got Questions explains, “Religious pluralism generally refers to the belief in two or more religious worldviews as being equally valid or acceptable. More than mere tolerance, religious pluralism accepts multiple paths to God or gods as a possibility and is usually contrasted with ‘exclusivism,’ the idea that there is only one true religion or way to know God.”
The problem with religious pluralism is that it misses Jesus.
In John 14:6, Jesus says, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
While religions can share common ideas, such as treating others with kindness, it does not mean they are the same.
Christianity is the only religion that believes in the divinity and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus did not come to show a solution for the sin of the world but to be the solution for sin.
Christianity is the Only Religion That Hinges on Grace
Other religions make “salvation” dependent on the acts of its followers, whereas Christianity is dependent on the grace of God.
For example, in Islam, one must do more good deeds to outnumber his or her bad deeds to achieve salvation.
In Buddhism, salvation is found after all desire is removed from one’s life.
In contrast, Christianity is based on the belief that salvation is freely given by trusting in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
By believing that His death and resurrection redeems you from the penalty of sin, you don’t have to do anything else to achieve salvation or eternal life.
Jesus’s death on the cross pays the ultimate penalty for and covers all your sin, which allows you to be forgiven and spend eternity with Him.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
– Acts 4:12
Christianity is the Only Religion with a Living Savior
Moreover, Christianity is the only religion with a living savior.
Christians believe Jesus died on the cross and rose again.
He came back to life!
This is the cornerstone of Christianity.
“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. […] And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:14 & 17
Other religions do not have a living savior.
Buddha and Mohammad are no longer living, and no one claims they overcame death.
Additionally, Jesus Christ died and rose again so His followers may live.
This separates Christianity from every other religion.
As Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry explains, “Buddha didn't rise from the dead nor did Confucius or Zoroaster. Muhammad didn't fulfill detailed prophecy. Alexander the Great didn't raise the dead or heal the sick. And though there is far less reliable information written about them, people believed in them.”
Christianity is the Only Religion with Documented, Fulfilled Prophecies
The Bible contains a multitude of Old Testament prophecies directly fulfilled in the New Testament. There is a plethora of evidence showing the Bible can be trusted, including archeological, scientific, and historical data.
Christianity is Welcoming to All
Christianity is not an exclusive religion. Christians do not all look the same or come from the same place. Christianity is welcoming to all!
If someone believes in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and puts their faith in Him alone, they can be a Christian.
Christianity started in the Middle East and has spread across the globe.
Many associate America with Christianity, but there are actually more Christians in China than any other nation.
Christianity is Relationship Over Religion
Finally, the key difference between Christianity and other religions is Christianity is only religion placing more emphasis on a relationship than religious protocol.
Other religions have followers who spend their lives trying to be like their god or gods, which is impossible.
Christianity is about spending time growing closer to God through an intimate relationship.
This is why Jesus put on flesh and dwelt among men.
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.”
– 1 Timothy 2:5-6