Why should a person be a Christian and not a Muslim, Buddhist, or a follower of another religion? The answer: Because Christianity is true. Our society today struggles with this answer. It views all religions as basically the same and therefore as different perspectives of the truth. This view of world religions cannot be true.
Most world religions teach that a person reaches heaven by doing something, such as gaining certain knowledge, leading a good life, atoning for your wrong, etc. The chief thought is that you have to save yourself. Christianity is radically different. It is not like other religions. It does not teach what the other world religions teach.
Christianity teaches that you can’t save yourself. Because of your sins and failure to lead a good life, you should be punished. However, God intervened to save you. In Jesus, the Son of God, became a man to live and die in your place. He lived the good life that God desires, as your substitute. Through his death on the cross, He suffered the punishment that your sins deserve, as your substitute. God has forgiven all of your sins, no matter how great they may be, through Jesus’ perfect life and innocent death. God loves you and gives you salvation as a free gift. You don’t earn it. God gives it. How can you know that this is true?
Jesus’ life and death are not the whole story. Three days after he was killed he rose from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection proves that Christianity is true, and much more. It proves that Jesus is your Savior from sin. It proves that God the Father has accepted his perfect life and innocent death as your substitute. It is just as Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” (John 14:6) Gather with us this Sunday to learn more about Jesus and what he has done to be your Savior.