For Your Thought – 47 (A Contrast Of Christianity And Man’s Religions)

1.) In Christianity God took the initiative to save us by sending a Savior, seeking man through the gospel, whereas the founders of the major religions of the world were merely teachers telling man how to go about seeking God.

2.) Jesus came to do what we could not do for ourselves, pay the cost of our sins, whereas in the religions of the world man is told he must pay the cost, pull himself up by his own bootstraps, so to speak.

3.) In Christianity salvation is a gift of God’s grace, whereas with man’s religions “salvation” is something to be earned, primarily through appeasement of a god or gods.

4.) As the founder of Christianity Jesus Christ came to die, whereas the purpose of the founder of every major religion of the world was to live.

5.) The tomb of the founder of Christianity is empty, whereas that is not the case with the founders of the major religions of the world.

John Stott wrote the following in his book The Cross of Christ : “The essence of sin is we human beings substituting ourselves for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for us. We… put ourselves where only God deserves to be; God… puts himself where we deserve to be.” I ask, what man in his wildest imagination could have ever come up with this plan of salvation?

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