November 27, 2020
Most world religions agree that mankind is riddled with destructive desires that lead us away from experiencing happiness in this life or in the afterlife. However, all the major world religions, except for Christianity, say the solution to man’s dilemma begins with man. For Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, meditation allows man to conquer those destructive desires. Islam and Judaism both teach human effort to satisfy their deity’s requirements.
November 26, 2020
Jesus’ teaching that He provides the only way to heaven should be enough to settle the issue of exclusivity, since He is the only religious leader who conquered death. However, the New Testament writers affirmed Jesus’ declaration that faith in Him is the only means to escape eternal death. Devout followers of Judaism embraced Christianity and proclaimed that faith in Christ was the only path to salvation. The apostle Paul was a “Hebrew of Hebrews” (Philippians 3:5) whose zeal for his Jewish faith led him to devote his life to stamping out the “heresy” of Christianity.
November 25, 2020
If you are not ready to label Jesus as a lunatic or a liar, then the only other possibility is that He was who He claimed to be: God in the flesh. If we conclude that Jesus is God, then we must also believe that everything Jesus said is true, since God is incapable of deception (James 1:17; Hebrews 6:18). So did Jesus believe there are multiple paths to God? What did Jesus have to say about the issue of exclusivity?
November 24, 2020
In what ways is Christianity unique? First, no religious leader other than Jesus claimed to forgive people of their sins and grant them eternal life. Yet Jesus consistently taught that His purpose in coming to the world was not just to point people to forgiveness from God but through His death to be the means by which people can be forgiven by God:
November 23, 2020
Obviously, any religion or philosophy can claim exclusivity. How can we know that Christianity is the right religion? Consider the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Few historians doubt that Jesus existed. But many think Jesus was only a great moral teacher. The problem with that view is that Jesus claimed to be much more than a good teacher. In fact, no other philosopher or religious leader before or since Jesus has ever made the claims that Jesus made.
November 20, 2020
How do you live successfully in two worlds? Paul said we need to focus on our heavenly expectation. In Philippians 3:20-21, Paul said, “Our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior,..."
November 19, 2020
In Philippians 3, Paul gave four descriptions of the people whom he labeled “enemies of the cross.”