How Do You Know Christianity is Right?

This is part one of my new “Big Questions” series where I am addressing common questions and disagreements with the Christian faith in a simple and dialogue oriented way.

 

“How Do You Know Christianity Is Right?”

 

Uniqueness

  • It deals with the human condition of sin unlike all other religions.
  • World religions don’t acknowledge sin or imperfection.
  • Christianity provides not only an explanation for our problems, for evil, and for imperfection but it provides a solution – Jesus Christ.
  • Because of Jesus we don’t have to work our way to God.

1Jhn 1:10 – If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Rom 3:24 – being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Eph 1:7, Col 1:14, 20

  • God came to us (relationship) not us searching for Him (religion)
  • God came to Earth and was born as a human so that He could come to our level and redeem us from our limitations that held us back from our destiny.

Jhn 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Jhn 3:17 – For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Rom 5:8

  • Our Savior can relate to our temptations because he was tempted, he can relate to suffering and struggles because he endured them also

Hbr 4:15 – For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

  • God desires a personal relationship with us
  • Yahweh is not distant, impersonal, or absent.
  • He wants an intimate relationship with you similar to marriage.

Jhn 17:3 – “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

1Cr 2:12

 

Effectiveness

  • The God of the Bible works
  • If the God of the Bible were not real- miracles would not happen the way they do. When we say “In Jesus name get up and walk” and they walk it is evidence toward the God of the Bible.
  • When we obey the Word of God miracles happen, it works
    • It answers the questions
    • Purpose
    • Identity
    • Strength
  • It satisfies the soul
  • Christianity meets the psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of mankind in a way that other lifestyles cannot imitate.
  • People have been set free from decades of drugs, addictions, sickness, and hurt because of Christianity. Other religions imitate this change.
    • It works for the good of mankind
    • Abolition of slavery
    • Equal rights – slavery doesn’t work when we’re all the same
    • Science – flourished under Isaac Newton, Galileo, Robert Boyle, Gregor Mendel, Kelvin, Planck,
    • Universities – Ivey League, Harvard, Oxford,
    • America

 

Exclusivity

  • The Bible does not allow for any other way to God or Heaven

Jhn 11:25 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

Jhn 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Act 4:12 – “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

  • Other religions don’t allow for other gods or paths to salvation
  • Hinduism says you must meditate and liberate yourself to Moksha
  • In Buddhism you perfect yourself until you reach Nirvana
  • With Islam you must serve Allah who the Quran says cannot have a son

Jhn 17:3 – “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

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5 thoughts on “How Do You Know Christianity is Right?

  1. >>>…It deals with the human condition of sin unlike all other religions….

    When you speak of “Christianity” are you referring to:

    * the scriptures? (which ones)
    * the centuries old Catholic faith?
    * the hundreds of years old Protestantism?
    * modern Baptists, etc?

    In other words, isn’t “Christianity” too nebulous of a term to be meaningful? I mean, you apparently are framing your question from a Baptist tradition, or some other “Evangelical” position, but the confuses the outsiders.

    For example, is your view of the “human condition” that of:

    * total depravity – ala Calvinism?
    * having Original Sin? – ala Augustinianism?
    * having a “Sin Nature”? – ala Evangelicalism (see “NIV” Bible)

    For example, you cite this as evidence of the scriptural view of the “human condition”:

    1Jhn 1:10 – If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

    Is that, to your mind, referring to saints or to sinners?

    Newbes tend to think that their pastor’s/Bible college’s viewpoint is shared by all. When you have been around the block a few times, you realize that you were hewn from a particular rock.

    “Christianity” with a capital “C” is a multitude of rocks, that all share one feature: “Trinity.”

    “christianity” – the scriptural kind – is built on the Shema… that there is but one God: the father; associated with Jesus as the one he sent.

    • You asked a lot of questions, perhaps rhetorically but I will answer them:

      -Which “Christianity” am I referring to?
      I am referring to the proper, scriptural form. I try daily to rid myself of tradition and man made doctrine, I am not by the way a baptist as you have presumed before. I don’t want to help spread any denomination or organization, only the Kingdom of God. I agree it may be confusing if an unbeliever really thinks about it (all the different branches of Christianity) but it’s the easiest way to communicate my central point. If they want clarification afterward I will clarify it to them.

      -Which version of the “human condition” am I referring to?
      Again the scriptural one, (which is where you and I disagree). I don’t believe in TOTAL depravity because the scriptures clearly present our ability to choose God and believe in Him on our own free will. I used the 1John scripture to show that within the Biblical world view we have sinned whereas others would disagree.

      -Who is 1John 1:10 referring to?
      The author and his audience of course because the word “we” and “us” is used. Saints were at one point sinners so what does it matter? Do you wish to say you have not sinned?

  2. Grove:

    This is a good article! I read it and thought to myself, “Why is Christianity right?”

    My answer was simple:
    “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no man comes to the Father but through Me.”

    I reckon I’m a simpleton and a dullard, but this Scripture kinda sums it all up for me.

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