If a God, why a Christian God?
With an estimated 4,200 different religions in the world why choose Christianity? Why should the Christian faith alone be true? The mistaken idea, that it is intolerant if you actually believe that a particular religion might be true and that all religions should be equally acceptable is widely held by many folk today.
Many people wrongly equate religious tolerance with religious truth. Many assume that all religions are basically the same, that all beliefs are equally valid, and that all roads lead to God.
Whilst I can understand such thinking, it is wrong. Christianity is the one true path to God. All religions are not essentially the same merely because they contain some similarities. A brief survey of even a few religions quickly reveals that each has competing, mutually exclusive claims. How can the Hindu teaching that the universe is God, square with the Muslim belief that Allah, the God of Islam, is distinct from the universe? As Religions contain irreconcilable differences it is therefore axiomatic that they cannot all be right.
As for proof of the earthly life of Jesus, the surviving manuscripts of the writings during the first-century of the Roman-Jewish historian Flavius Josephus include references to Jesus and the origins of Christianity. The Antiquities of the Jews, written around 93–94 AD, includes two references to Jesus Christ of the Bible in Books 18 and 20 along with a reference to John the Baptist in Book 18.
We must decide for ourselves which religion points to the real God and to do this requires us to consider how certain its claims really are. In Proverbs 18: 2. from a Book in the Old Testament it is said that, 'A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in expressing an opinion.'
When asked why Christianity, as opposed to any of the estimated 4,200 religions in the world, I respond as did Jesus when He was tempted in the wilderness. He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the terrestrial Paradise. Jesus knows well that one can’t dialogue with Satan, as questioning can be endless. For this reason, instead of dialoguing, as Eve did, Jesus chooses to take refuge in the Word of God and to respond with the power of His Word.
Let us also defend ourselves with the Wisdom and Power of the Word of God. My response, therefore, is always to quote the words of Christ, the Son of God, when He tells the world through John's Gospel 14: 6. that: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." and His hearers must either accept that or not.
Christianity rises far above the other religions of the world for whilst every other religion would have humanity striving to reach up to God, Christianity has God reaching down to humanity. In other words, as quoted by St. Athanasius (295-373 A.D.) 'God became a man that man might become a God'.
God's favour was obtained for humankind by Christ's life, death on the cross, and subsequent resurrection and not by our own human merit. (Ephesians 2: 8-9.) Furthermore, Jesus, who is God clothed in human flesh, (John 1: 1-14,) always backed His claims to Divinity with His own, well recorded miracles, (John 10: 39) the apotheosis of which was His bodily resurrection from the dead. (Matthew 28: 6). None of the other religious figures throughout history have ever justified their respective claims with such staggering power and authority.
Christianity speaks not of the ascent from ape to man but from man to God.
It is vital to hear and take heed of Christ's message because Jesus pointed to Himself as the only way to God when He said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14: 6) With those words He left no room for doubt for that was never His intention.
It is Christ and only Christ who is able to put the key to God's treasure house into our hands so that we might take from there all that we desire.