Aren’t All Religions Basically the Same?

February 15/16, 2020

Narrowness is not the content of a truth claim. Narrowness is our attitude toward the people who don’t share our point of view.

The Realities of Religions

  • People are instinctively religious.God has set eternity in the hearts of men… (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
  • All religions do not teach the same things.
  • It does matter what you believe.“Spirituality wrongly understood or pursued is a major source of human misery and rebellion against God.” –Dallas Willard
  • Tolerance does not equal truth.

   E Pluribus Unum: from the many, one.

  • Equal toleration of beliefs does not mean all beliefs are equally true.

The story of Jesus is unparalleled and unprecedented in history. His life, his death, burial and resurrection put Him in a class by Himself. Here are four unique things about Jesus:

  1. A Unique ProclamationNow, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures… (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
  2. A Unique SalvationFor it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves; it is the gift of God—not by works so that no one can boast.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

So, quit trying and start trusting.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV)

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT)

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB)

3. A Unique Revelation

4. A Unique Invitation

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

Most ailments need specific antidotes.

You can tell how big a problem is by what it takes to fix it. 

Sin required the blood sacrifice of God’s own Son.

Jesus is the only One who solved the problem.

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)


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