You’ve undoubtedly heard someone say, “Oh I believe Christianity is just another path towards heaven. I’m glad it works for you but I’ve got my own path.” Intellectually, it is quite rational to lump Christianity as another religion in a cosmos filled with man-made roads to meaning. After all, if someone has never come into a personal and meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ than why shouldn’t he or she see Christians any different than Buddhists, Muslims, Mormons, Hindus etc.?
The next time someone so easily dismisses what you consider invaluable, ask that person what he really knows about Jesus? Inquire if he has heard that Jesus offers something no one else has—eternal life. Find out if he knows the cost Jesus paid for him and the historicity of His resurrection from the dead. Ask if he has compared the truth claims of each major (minor for that matter), religions to see what contradictions exist and what is offered by each.
If a person is truly searching for answers and meaning to life, then he will take the time and make the effort to conduct meaningful research to find the answers. If a person is unwilling to do this, than in truth that person is most likely closed or offended in some way by the absolute claims of Jesus. There is nothing we can do by wit or argument. Our responsibility is to model Christ likeness and pray!
The proof that Christianity is for real to a person in the hunt for truth in many ways begins with the lifestyle of those who call themselves believers. If our lives do not demonstrate the power of heaven to change sin natures, if our faith and obedience indicate no difference from any other person than should we expect a passionate interest in Jesus? If the Christian is irrelevant than all that is left is “ity.“
Acts 3:6—Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (NIV)
Christianity is personal, passionate devotion to Jesus Christ as God manifest in the flesh.—Oswald Chambers in Approved Unto God
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)