A lot of people do not understand Christianity. I didn’t for a very long time. I thought it was just another religion just like every other one.
It’s not. It is the only religion that does not demand of you to be perfect, to spend all of your life and soul and even in some religions your blood or the blood of animals to erase your sin. It is the only religion where Yahweh is mentioned throughout the Old Testament (i.e. the Tanakh) and the New Testament. Reading the Tanakh is paramount to understanding Jesus’ words, which often seemed harsh and unbelievable.
It is the only religion that tells us that Yahweh loves us without condition, ‘and does not want anyone to perish but to come to the saving knowledge of Christ’ by saying simple words: ‘confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that he was raised from the dead and you will be saved.’
It is the only religion that says we are saved by faith and that given to us by God, not our own boasting. Prophetic from the word ‘go’ for the ultimate fulfillment in Yeshua (in Hebrew means ‘Yahweh saves.’ And Yahweh means, ‘I am who I am.’ Prophecy from Genesis 1:1, on. Jesus did not write the New Testament). Jesus didn’t start Christianity. He wasn’t the “first Christian.” He was born as a Jew in Bethlehem that has always been in Israel, not by any other ‘name.’
He was not a gentile that lived in an occupied land by Israel. He did live in Israel occupied by Rome (who hated Jews so much they renamed the entire country and burned Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon to the ground in 70 AD).
His ministry was first to the Jews, though he never turned down a gentile who showed faith. The Jews condemned him spiritually, and the Romans condemned him to the most brutal of deaths, that is on the cross. His hands and feet brutally nailed so he could not stand, causing severe pain, dislocation of the shoulders, and heart failure. Yet, he willingly died for us. Every human on earth.
Yet many have refused only to condemn themselves. Many have not heard. All will hear and still have that choice.
If you’ve not read the Koran, I highly recommend it. It is all about not displeasing allah, but making sure one sacrifices as much as possible to follow that law, where martyrdom is the best option for those 72 virgins, killing infidels, and women are subjugated, considered a mistake and evil, 1/2 worthy of a man, and the reason why men rape… (Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – “[Muhammad] said, ‘Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?’ They replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her intelligence.’” Sahih Bukhari (6:301) – continued – “[Muhammad said] ‘Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?’ The women replied in the affirmative. He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her religion.’” Allah has made women deficient in the practice of their religion as well, by giving them menstrual cycles. Sahih Bukhari (2:28) & Sahih Bukhari (54:464) – Women comprise the majority of Hell’s occupants. Image thanks to Charlie Garrett of the Superior Word.
This is important because the only women in heaven mentioned explicitly by Muhammad are the virgins who serve the sexual desires of men. (A weak Hadith, Kanz al-`ummal, 22:10, even suggests that 99% of women go to Hell). A reminder: if you wear a hijab, you are submitting to that sexism, the concept that you are worthless and a mistake, and you’ll go to Hell because you aren’t a virgin, submitting yourself to an ideology of hate, to a man’s whim, and ultimately, you’ll be wearing a burka, too.
Much to be said about other religions including humanism (from Dictionary Online: “The definition of humanism is a belief that human needs and values are more important than religious beliefs, or the needs and desires of humans (does that mean like, a serial killer is okay?). An example of humanism is the belief that the person creates their own set of ethics (Is cannibalism ethical? Asking for a friend…). An example of humanism is planting vegetables in garden beds (like, with a composted corpse?)” Nihilism, here: (from Online Dictionary: *PHILOSOPHY: extreme skepticism maintaining that nothing in the world has a real existence (i.e. your atoms may simply be floating around doing what they want?). *HISTORICAL: the doctrine of an extreme Russian revolutionary party c. 1900 which found nothing to approve of in the established social order, which all depend on great deeds we do as humans that don’t count in the end (like, unless you can provide forced labor?). This is likely why Stalin had such success murdering upwards of 20 million people without compunction.
Oh yeah, good works are great, but faith in Yeshua must come first. Demands for money and works are simply not there. You count. If Jesus didn’t believe you were worth squat, He wouldn’t have taken on everyone’s sin, whipped, nailed brutally to the cross, bleeding, dying for us. Are you worthy of heaven? It’s a different word, and no we are not.
We serve the only God, Yahweh (not ‘a great god’ as some modern songs say). And the Trinity, many do not understand in a child’s eyes, the Trinity, even though they are Bible-believing Christians.
So, as you walk the talk and have faith, make sure you understand the Bible, ask for His help to understand His Word, to teach your children, to explain the faith, and for your kids to pass this habit of reading and prayer along with the defense of their belief.