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Is Christianity the “Right” Religion Part IV

25 Mar

My attention span is beginning to wain, so I figured I would do a condensed version and bring this multi-part blog series to an end!  It’s about time!

In this last post, I would like to share a few thoughts that make Christianity distinct from other faiths.  Let me know what you think about these.  Do you agree?  Disagree?  Are these different than other religions?  Or not?  Let’s begin.

God is personal. God is with us.  He showed this firsthand by coming to earth as Jesus.  He lived among us, ate among us, worked among us, walked among us…God Himself became our neighbor.  Now, THAT is amazing enough!  But, there is much more.  God (as the Holy Spirit) is with us.  He is personal.  Wherever I go, whatever I know, I know that He is with me.  I can “feel” His presence on occasion. 

But, most of all, I know that He is here.  In Psalm 23, David thanks God that when he goes through tough times, God is with Him.  Most religions that believe in a god believe that he is somewhere in the cosmos…distant, far, unreachable and unapproachable.  My God is completely opposite!  He is with me!

God is not just with me, He is in me. What?  Why and how would the God of the universe dwell inside of us?  When we open up our lives to Him, He sends His Spirit, which is the manifestation of His presence, to dwell inside of us.  He does this because it is the natural extension of His grace. 

Now, this is not the same thing as becoming one with the universe.  God is not becoming “one” with us in the sense Uof “fusion”.  Actually, His very existence inside of us allows each of us to become the totality of who He has made us to be!  God’s process in our lives is one of transformation from the inside out.  His dwelling in us begins, continues, and completes this process.

History.  The Bible is a historical book.  It is filled with real stories of real people connecting with a real God.  The Bible was written by a multitude of authors over thousands of years.  This is distinctly different from many other religious texts.  Some religious texts are the collections of wise sayings of those who began their religion.  Other religious texts are ones that were given to the religious leader by some type of angel (Islam, Mormonism).  Even though those texts might contain some historical elements, these events were simply handed to those leaders by the “angel” who gave them these texts.

The Bible is a book which contains imperfect humans inspired by a perfect God.  It is the ultimate reality of God’s interaction with His creation.  He reveals Himself throughout human history in a multitude of ways, and dozens of authors had the opportunity to communicate what that has looked like through history.  Amazing!

The resurrection! Christianity is the only faith that not just teaches, but SHOWS the power of God over death. Out of every human experience, death is the only one that is final. Jobs, relationships, money, homes, education, etc can all change. They are hardly final. But death? That’s final! Jesus proved His power over that which humans have no power over. Every other religion’s leader is dead today. Our leader is alive!

There are many things that make Christianity different.  God knows us, He is with us, He is in us, He has revealed Himself to us through all of history, and He is alive!  Would you like to know Him?  Speak to Him!  Tell Him what’s in your heart to say and invite Him into your life.  He loves you deeply and eternally!

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4 Comments

Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Apologetics, Religion, Uncategorized

 

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4 responses to “Is Christianity the “Right” Religion Part IV

  1. Joshua Ogaldez

    March 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I agree!…What an amazing God we have. We have relational God. We have a relevant God. We have a God who has revealed himself through history, and we have a resurrected God!

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      March 31, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Yes!

       
  2. Ninneth

    May 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Hi. since you are talking about chritianity, i have a big question to ask you please dont feel offended. You might have heard on the news about this man who keeps anouncing judgement day. And my question is should we worry about this? Should we really stop and think about this? Or just let the news go past our heads? He says he got this info from a pastor.

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      May 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Ninneth,

      I’m so sorry for the late response, but as you can see, there was no truth to that announcement. The Bible is extremely clear that no one knows the day when Jesus will come back or when judgment day will happen. Jesus says in Matthew 24:36, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

      We trust in God and know that we must live every day ready for Him to come. Be blessed!

       

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