Aren’t all religions basically the same?

It’s a good question. After all, we live in a diverse society, and a lot of religions speak about some kind of higher power and have a version of the golden rule.

I can’t fully explore this issue in a short devotional. (To hear a longer podcast about it click on the link below.) But it needs to be said that although there are some areas of overlap, Christianity is different.

And one of the main differences is Jesus.

Other religions also have a founder who is called a prophet and teacher (Buddhism has the Buddha and Islam has Mohammed). But Christianity says something more about Jesus.

He’s God among us. Jesus says that he and God are one (John 10:30). Colossians 1:15 says that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God.” And 2 Peter 1:1 calls Jesus “God and Saviour.”

Why is this important?

Because in Christianity, the question mark about God is turned into an exclamation point in Jesus.

Although there’s a lot we don’t know with our limited human brains, if you want to know the character of God, look to Jesus. If you want to know the teachings of God, look to Jesus. If you want to know God’s dream for the world, look to Jesus.

Would I ever condemn someone from a different religion? Absolutely not. Would I respect and love them? Absolutely.

But I can also be confident that in Jesus, something unique and world-changing has happened.

Jesus is the most influential and historically documented figure to ever walk planet earth. That impact continues to grow. There are 50,000 new Christians every single day.

Jesus gives content to your questions about God. And he takes the mask off the mystery about God’s vision for the world.

So follow Jesus. Closely.

As C.S. Lewis said, when it comes to Jesus, you are not faced with “an argument which demands your assent, but with a Person who demands your confidence.”

In Christianity, the question mark about God is turned into an exclamation point in Jesus.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • As mentioned above, my 25-minute podcast called “Aren’t all religions basically the same?” can be heard here. Enjoy!
  • Vacation alert: Please note that “Up!” will be taking a break as I go on vacation. It will run this week, but then go on pause until September 5th.

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