Is Christianity the only true religion? There are more than 3000 religions in the world. Why do Evangelical Christians present their faith as the only right and true choice? Having faith is important—having faith in the right belief is essential. Having faith in the right thing not only impacts the joy and a sense of purpose one experiences in the present but also determines the destiny of one’s eternal soul. The importance of putting one’s faith in the right thing—in the right God, is paramount. God created humans with inquisitive minds, and in His mercy has provided both reasons to believe, and helps to believe.
Many religions speak of God, the Spirit, Jesus, love, heaven, eternity, Scripture, and peace. It is important to note that different religions define those terms differently. For example, in Islam, Jesus was an important teacher (Who’s true message has been corrupted by the west). The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus is Michael the Archangel. To Mormons, Jesus was the son of God as we are all children of God (though created first). To Christians, Jesus is the Son of God and one in essence with God (John 1:1; Col. 1:16, 2:8-10). To many, Jesus highlighted just one of many ways to get to heaven. To Christians, Jesus is the only way to get to heaven (John 14:6). Therefore, knowing the terminology is not enough. How we define key terms is vital. Our eternal destiny is determined by the choices we make. The stakes are high.
It is true that we are to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7), but God in His mercy has provided an abundance of evidence to help those with questions to discover the truth, to know what to believe. I believe God has provided this evidence not only so we can be confident in His love, but also so that we can be confident in our faith, and be well positioned to provide a compelling defense for the what we know in our heart to be true. Christians are called to impact the world for Christ and persuade individuals to believe (2 Cor. 5:11). It is not enough to simply state what we believe—to be a powerful witness; we must also be able to articulate why we believe it.
God created humanity with the ability to reason and has provided compelling reasons to believe. I believe God expects His followers to study to be equipped to share His truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Further, Scripture notes that believers are to be able to defend the faith (Philippians 1:16) and be prepared to give “every [person] an answer.” (1 Peter 3:15).
God bless you as you seek answers, truth and His leading.
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