Christianity: Simple Truth
Christianity rises to the top when you earnestly investigate the other theories, philosophies, movements and religions of the world. Yes, as hard as it is to hear in our pluralistic world community, Christianity is different than all the others. That may sound terribly dogmatic and narrow-minded, but the simple truth is that Christianity is the only true religion.
Christianity: Why Believe It’s the Only Way
Christianity is not based upon evidence…but it is backed by evidence. Obviously anyone could “claim” to be God. The difference with Jesus is that His life completely backed those claims. Check out the history, check out the claims – it’s an absolutely phenomenal study.
A primary focus for your study is that Jesus fulfilled over 300 messianic prophecies written in the Old Testament scriptures. With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the reliability of the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, both of which have been proven to exist prior to the time Jesus walked on the earth, you can be assured that these prophecies were not “conspired” after-the-fact. They were truly fulfilled by the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Examine the probability of one man fulfilling just a handful of the most specific prophecies, and you’ll be amazed. “And He [Jesus] said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning Me.” Luke 24:44
Another focus for your study is to understand what Jesus said and did as a historical figure. No legitimate scholars today will deny that Jesus lived about 2,000 years ago, was a great teacher and doer of good works, and that he was crucified on a Roman cross for the crime of blasphemy among the Jews. The only dispute is whether Jesus rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion and that He was, in fact, God incarnate. This is where everyone must test the evidence for the resurrection, examine their hearts, and make a decision about who Jesus really was.
Jesus said that He alone was the way to the Father (John 14:6), that He alone revealed the Father (Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22). Christians do not go around saying Christianity is the only way because they are arrogant, stupid or judgmental. They do so because, based on the evidence, they believe what Jesus said. Christians believe in Jesus, who claimed to be God (John 8:58; Exodus 3:14), who forgave sins (Mark 2:5; Luke 5:20; 7:48), and who rose from the dead (Luke 24:24-29; John 2:19f). Jesus said that He was the only way. Jesus is unique. He was either telling the truth, He was crazy, or He was a liar. But since everyone agrees that Jesus was a “good man,” how then could He be both good and crazy, or good and a liar? He must have been telling the truth. He is the only way.
Buddha didn’t rise from the dead, nor did Confucius or Zoroaster. Muhammad didn’t fulfill detailed prophecy. Alexander the Great didn’t raise the dead or heal the sick. And though there is far less reliable information written about these “religious” leaders, they are believed in and followed by millions.
Christianity: Not Religion – A Relationship
Christianity is not really a religion; it is a relationship with God. It is trusting in Jesus and what He did on the cross for you (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), not on what you can do for yourself (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christianity is not about ornate buildings, flamboyant preachers, or traditional rituals. Christianity is about truly accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Beliefs of Christianity
QUESTION: What are the beliefs of Christianity?
That the following beliefs of Christianity have been brought down through the ages as follows:
The Bible is the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative written Word of God, penned by man with the leading of the Holy Spirit.
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Christians believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal, future return to this earth in power and glory to rule a thousand years.
The blessed hope in the rapture of the Church at Christ’s coming. The Church is all who believe in Jesus as their Savior.
The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ. Good works alone will not get you into heaven, although good works should follow those who believe.
We believe in water baptism by immersion. This is a public display of the authenticity of your repentance.
Spiritual healing and deliverance comes by the redemptive work of Christ on the cross. Isaiah 53:5b says, “By His wounds we are healed.”
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is given to all believers at the moment of salvation. God desires us to have a personal relationship with Him and through His Holy Spirit, we communicate with Him.
Christians believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling. The Christian can live a holy life.
The beliefs of Christianity state the resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation. Then Jesus will establish His eternal kingdom.
Founder of Christianity
QUESTION: Who was the founder of Christianity?
In wondering about the founder of Christianity, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is an excellent answer, “Now, brothers, 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 makes it clear — Jesus Christ is the founder of Christianity.
It is Jesus’ death that paid the penalty for the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:8; 1 John 2:2). It was Jesus’ resurrection that ensures personal resurrection and eternal life to all those who believe in Him (1 Corinthians 15:12-34). Ephesians 2:20 teaches us that Christianity was “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone.”
Jesus commissioned the apostles to spread Christianity throughout the world (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8) — but it was Jesus Himself who “founded” Christianity with His death, shed blood, and resurrection from the dead (Revelation 5:9-10).
Islam vs Christianity
QUESTION: Islam vs. Christianity – What are the major differences?
Many people wonder what the comparison is between Islam vs. Christianity. While there are a few similarities between Islam and Christianity, such as a belief in moral living and doing good to others, nevertheless, Muslims and Christians have vastly different views on major points of ideology and theology. First and foremost are the differing perceptions of Jesus, the Christ. Islam readily accepts that Jesus of Nazareth existed and that He was born of the virgin, Mary. Islam teaches that Jesus was merely another prophet, equal to and following in the line of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses. Muslims believe that Muhammad is the final messenger, superior to all previous prophets, the ultimate. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, which as the Jews accused of old, makes Him equal to God. He is accepted as the Second Person of the Trinity, God Himself come to earth in the flesh.
Islam vs. Christianity – What are the major differences?
Secondly, Islam refutes the idea that Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. They believe that God spared His messenger from such an ignominious death and later took Him up to Himself. For Christians, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the focal point of all that they believe. The only way for man to be reconciled to a Holy God is for the ultimate price to be paid. Christians believe that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price by shedding His blood. Without that precious act, Christians remain hopeless and in sin. “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).
The religion of Islam has the Qur’an as the source of truth. Muslims believe that the original New Testament, which they call Injil, was the original revelation that Jesus received from Allah. They believe, however, that the Christians of today have corrupted the original Scriptures; therefore the Bible that is read by Christendom today is unreliable. Muslims believe that the message of Muhammad continued the original truths that were outlined in the Injil, and additionally, have corrected the errors that Christians have added. Christians hold that the Bible, including the Old and New Testaments is the infallible Word of God. They believe that God inspired the Scriptures; it is their only source of truth and instruction. “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).
Finally, Muslims do not hold to any assurance of salvation. They do not feel that is was even necessary for Jesus to pay for our sins. The belief that they hold is that every man must bear and pay for his or her own sins; for Jesus to be punished and responsible for our sins would be unjust in their eyes. Christians believe that man had no ability to atone for his sins. Christians believe that we are hopelessly lost except for the immeasurable gift of God’s grace, which is the only means of salvation. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
What is a proverb? A simple definition of a biblical proverb is “a short saying that expresses a general truth for practical, godly living”. The word proverb means “to be like”. So when we look at the top Proverbs of the Bible, we’ll find many examples of biblical truths and short sayings for how one should live their life. The book of Proverbs, or wise sayings, was written mainly by Solomon. What is interesting is that, out of all of the things that Solomon could have asked for, he asked God for the understanding (wisdom) to govern the Lord’s people. This is a great example of humility for Solomon to ask for a way to better serve in the role that he was blessed with. Many times, we ask for things of God with a selfish heart. Solomon approaches God with a heart that wants to serve in a capacity that pleases Him. Because of this approach to God, this is His response:
1 Kings 3:10-14
It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” 1 Kings 3:10-14 (English Standard Version)
God loves it when we come humbly before Him and ask for help, especially if it is to lead His children properly. Solomon received understanding to discern what is right, according to God’s word.
There is a reason why Solomon is known as the wisest king to ever rule. Fortunately for us, he wrote the book of Proverbs, which allows us to catch a glimpse of his God-given wisdom. Find out how these wise sayings can apply to your life.
Top Proverbs Of The Bible
Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, – Proverbs 22:17 (English Standard Version)
Call out for insight, and cry aloud for understanding. – Proverbs 2:3 (Common English Bible)
Do yourself a favor and love wisdom. Learn all you can, then watch your life flourish and prosper! – Proverbs 19:8 (The Passion Translation)
“But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death.” – Proverbs 8:36 (New American Standard Bible)
How then does a man gain the essence of wisdom? We cross the threshold of true knowledge when we live in complete awe and adoration of God. Stubborn know-it-alls will never stop to do this, for they scorn true wisdom and knowledge. – Proverbs 1:7 (The Passion Translation)
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil. – Proverbs 3:7 (Amplified Bible)
So make wisdom your quest – search for the revelation of life’s meaning. Don’t let what I say go in one ear and out the other. Stick with wisdom and she will stick to you, protecting you throughout your days. She will rescue all those who passionately listen to her voice. – Proverbs 4:5-6 (The Passion Translation)
Wisdom is the most important thing; so get wisdom. If it costs everything you have, get understanding. – Proverbs 4:7 (New Century Version)
Those who find true wisdom obtain the tools for understanding, the proper way to live, for they will have a fountain of blessing pouring into their lives. To gain the riches of wisdom is far greater than gaining the wealth of the world. As wisdom increases, a great treasure is imparted, greater than many bars of refined gold. – Proverbs 3:13-14 (The Passion Translation)
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; -Proverbs 2:6 (English Standard Version)
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. – Proverbs 9:10 (New Living Translation)
A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. – Proverbs 13:1 (New American Standard Bible)
There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise:
Ants—they aren’t strong, but they store up food all summer.
Hyraxes—they aren’t powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks.
Locusts—they have no king, but they march in formation.
Lizards—they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings’ palaces. – Proverbs 30:24-28 (New Living Translation)
Your boast becomes a prophecy of a future failure. The higher you lift up yourself in pride, the harder you’ll fall in disgrace. – Proverbs 16:18 (The Passion Translation)
When you act with presumption, convinced that you’re right, don’t be surprised if you fall flat on your face! But walking in humility helps you to make wise decisions. – Proverbs 11:2 (The Passion Translation)
Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise. – Proverbs 13:10 (New Living Translation)
Exalting yourself is disgusting to the Lord, for pride attracts his punishment- and you can count on that! – Proverbs 16:5 (The Passion Translation)
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. – Proverbs 16:19 (English Standard Version)
Pride comes before a disaster, but humility comes before respect. – Proverbs 18:12 (Common English Bible)
Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin. – Proverbs 21:4 (New Living Translation)
An arrogant man is inflated with pride – nothing but a snooty scoffer in love with his own opinion. “Mr. Mocker” is his name! – Proverbs 21:24 (The Passion Translation)
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. – Proverbs 26:12 (English Standard Version)
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. – Proverbs 27:2 (English Standard Version)
One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. – Proverbs 29:23 (English Standard Version)