There have been inter-religious discussions at various places in Brookings and articles in The Brookings Register describing the basic principles and beliefs of various religions. Some think all religions are basically the same. It is a good time to highlight a few of the many differences between the claims of the founders of all other religions and the claims of the founder of Christianity.
The founder of no other religion claimed to be God.
Some other religion founders claimed to know or represent God, but no religion founder other than Jesus Christ claimed to be God. Jesus claims to be God, and the son of God.
Some believe Jesus never claimed to be God, because they heard somebody say that; they have been misinformed. Jesus repeatedly claimed to be God, repeatedly accepted worship as God from people who discerned who he was, repeatedly said things that only God (or a liar or lunatic) would say, and repeatedly did things that only God can do.
“So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. But Jesus replied, ‘My Father is always working, and so am I.’ So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.” John 5:16-18.
Not long before Jesus was crucified, he asked his disciples who they thought he was. “Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.’” Mathew 16:17. Jesus accepted and encouraged worship as God, something no good, sane, mere man would do.
No other religion founder made eternal life conditional entirely on what you believe about that founder. All other religion founders claim that the way to heaven/eternal life/salvation is based on what you do – you have to save yourself. Jesus claims that belief in him leads to eternal life.
Jesus said “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:37-40.
According to Paul, the apostle to the gentiles, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:8-10.
No other religion founder took the punishment for our sins upon himself.
“While we were still helpless [powerless to provide for our salvation], at the right time Christ died [as a substitute] for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6; Amplified Bible.
If we believe and are therefore saved, we should become and act like a follower of Jesus!
According to Paul the apostle, “Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:12b, 13.
There are many other differences between the claims of other religion founders and the claims of Jesus Christ.
For example, no other religion founder: Revealed who God is with the physical evidence of himself, his actions, miracles, words, and character; claims to be, not just bring, light, truth, the resurrection, and the life; and claims that in the future he will entirely eliminate the human tendency and capacity for evil.
As further evidence to these claims, no religious book other than the Bible has a record of hundreds of historically verified, specific, fulfilled prophecies.