With Hundreds Dead In The Name Of Religion, Is Christianity The Only True Religion?
Every single person in this universe ultimately believes in something. Be it religion or science. Science and logic are pretty straightforward though there are mysteries still. But, religion is a complete mystery. There are plenty of questions.
Be it the question of what is religion is its essence? Are religion and science linked? Are they intertwined?
Is religion just the bringing of a supernatural power that is just scientific for the very purpose of playing with our brain into making things happen?
These may be all those questions that pop up in our minds. But, why don't we ask these questions to science? That is because we can prove them. Scientific facts can be proved while religion stays a mystery, nothing more than blind trust.
We know that there are many religions at present, and we follow one of those or don't follow any at all.
But what do we think of them when we adhere to them? Is there one true religion?
Here, let us consider Christianity and block and tackle to see what it made of is?
Facts known so far
Jotting down all the facts that we have so far:
Christianity began in the 1AD after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ, the Son of God, came down from heaven, was born a man into a carpenter's family, and lived a holy life. He was crucified and died for the sins of the man and was later resurrected up back into heaven from the very place of his coming.
People started proclaiming Christianity as a religion, and those under this religion are the followers of Christ and thus called Christians.
This concept was first spread in Judea and was then laid out to the Romans. The Roman Empire started proclaiming and following Christianity, and finally, this religion was legalized. Then came churches and churches and even more churches.
Christianity is considered to be the world's largest religion, with almost 2.4 billion followers.
Does this make it the only true religion?
How do you accept it to be a religion, logically?
What do you think Christianity is?
In my opinion, even that 2.4 billion people following Christianity are not aware of what religion is all about.
What makes Christianity stand out from the rest of the religions?
1. It speaks of a God, who was not just a God with superpowers, but a God who was born as a man.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born into a human family. He lived a normal human life with Joseph, a carpenter as his father, and Mary, his mother.
2. Jesus lived a simple life as a man
Even in the birth of Christ, there is a lot of simplicity. God chose his son to be born in a manger rather than a palace.
Though he was the Son of God, one among the triune God, Jesus lived a simple life. (We all know what we would do if we had superpowers)
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep" (John 10:14)
No, Jesus was not a literal shepherd, but he disguised himself as a shepherd to guide the masses. He chose to compare himself with a common man and not with that of a dictator or a leader of the high post.
3. Jesus came to clean the sins while the other religion says that you must be free of sins to seek God
Jesus came into the world to clean the people's sins and gave his own life for the people. Here, he didn't wait until everything is clear but instead gave himself to cleanse the people's sins.
Other religions tell us that we need to be free of sins to see God, but Jesus says, "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Luke 5:32)
4. Christianity has no framed set of rules to be done to please God
While other religions come up with a set of rules to please God, which includes certain rituals or certain pilgrimage travel, the Bible says,
"Come to me, all who labour and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28–30).
And there is nothing that Jesus expects us to do to get his eyes on us. He has already shown us his love through his life, death, and resurrection.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16)