“We may have different views about small issues,” one of them said, “but when it comes down to essential issues, each of our religions is the same.”
I listened for a while, and then they asked me what I thought. I said, “It sounds as though you both picture God (or whatever you call god) at the top of a mountain. It seems as if you believe that we are all at the bottom of the mountain, and I may take one route up the mountain, you may take another, and in the end we will all end up in the same place.”
They smiled as I spoke. Happily they replied, “Exactly! You understand!”
Then I leaned in and said, “Now let me ask you a question. What would you think if I told you that the God at the top of the mountain actually came down to where we are? What would you think if I told you that God doesn’t wait for people to find their way to him, but instead he comes to us?”
They thought for a moment and then responded, “That would be great.”
I replied, “Let me introduce you to Jesus.”
~ Excerpted from Radical by David Platt
It is a popular notion today that all religions lead to the same God but there are fundamental differences that cannot be overlooked.
Only in Christianity does God make the first move to come to us with the offer of redemption.
Only in Christianity is forgiveness received as a gift of grace rather than earned by human efforts.
Only in Christianity does the founder come back from the grave.
And then there’s the issue of how we view Jesus.
Many religions see Jesus as a good, moral teacher; perhaps even a prophet but nothing more. Yet Christianity views Jesus as the only Son of God. Jesus even claimed to be the only way to the Father (John 14:6). Therein lies a fundamental difference between Christianity and all other world religions.
© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.