Take a second to think about your religious beliefs. There is a very good chance that they match the beliefs of your parents, or at least society at large. So why does that mean you are right? A viking living several centuries ago would have probably believed in Odin or some other pagan deity, but nobody believes in the norse gods anymore. Go back a couple millennia to Greece and Rome, and we can find a multitude of deities that have been discarded. Even today we find numerous religions that are still in vogue, so why believe that your belief is the right one?
So a question that logically follows from this consideration is whether or not your religion, whatever it may be, will end up the same way — discarded as time and society moves on. Of all the religions that have come and gone, currently exist, or have yet to arrive, why believe that yours is right?
Well, as a Christian, I have a few considerations for why I believe Christianity stands alone in the multitude of religions past, present, and yet to come as the true religion. The purpose of this post is not to answer every question you have about Christianity — or even every objection you have to it. But I believe there are three fundamental aspects of Christianity that should be considered.
Reason 1: Christianity claims to go back to the very beginnings of things, and has a long established heritage. There are a lot of really old religions, and this consideration alone may not single out Christianity since Islam claims the same heritage through Jewish history.
But it is still important that a religion is not simply a new fabrication. If a religion was just recently developed out of nowhere, then we must suddenly wonder why the billions of religious people to precede us did not discover the alleged religious truth.
The fact that Christianity is the predicted extension of Judaism gives it credibility in its heritage. It makes sense that a god like the one in Christianity would reveal Himself early on, which is what is claimed to have happened within the Judeo-Christian history. This is not proof that such a thing did happen. But it is at least claimed, which makes the very concept of Christianity fundamentally more credible.
Reason 2: Christianity was founded on a foundation of public, falsifiable miracles. Jesus did not receive visions alone in a cave, and his teachings were not a result of private meditation. Jesus publicly ministered and performed miracles — or at least that is what the disciples claimed.
If nothing the disciples claimed happened ever happened, then it is difficult to imagine how Christianity ever got off the ground. This is particularly true when we consider the crucifixion. We are told by four accounts that Jesus publicly ministered, was publicly tried, was publicly crucified, and publicly revealed Himself after allegedly rising from the dead. If none of this ever happened, it is difficult to imagine how Christianity immediately began spreading in that very region.
If Jesus never performed any of the alleged miracles, people would have began noticing that nothing was actually happening. If Jesus was publicly killed, then it is hard to imagine why people would still follow Him if He had not indeed risen from the dead.
Anybody can claim to have witnessed visions in a cave. It is far more difficult to support one’s claims with miracles. So while the point here is not to prove that miracles indeed happened as Christians claim, it is important to note that Christianity is fundamentally more credible than a religion that didn’t even try to claim public miracles.
Reason 3: Christianity is unique in that it is the one religion in which God comes down to mankind, and sacrifices Himself to forgive them. In all other religions of which I am aware, salvation is attained by the actions of the sinner who must lead a satisfactorily good life to get to heaven (or whatever the desired afterlife may be). But in Christianity we can do nothing to attain our own salvation, merely accept the gift of God’s sacrifice for us.
Conclusion: The fact that Christianity is well established, claims public miracles happened, and is radically different in its message do not prove it is true. But these facts do demonstrate that Christianity is unique and fundamentally more credible than any other religion.
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