Biblical Studies/Christianity/Christianity and the world's religions
This title speaks volumes: Christianity and the world's religions, the suggestion that Christianity is different from World Religions. It is. Fundamentally different, in its focus. The focus is on the person of Christ. This Jesus Christ who came to Earth to offer man salvation. A salvation not based on goodness, moral teaching or good behaviour. It is based not on Jesus's great teaching, which most acknowledge as sound, but on his work on the cross.
No religion offers the believer perfect salvation. They may offer good codes, practices, rituals, teachings and wisdom. But none offer God himself, present in the believer's life through the Holy Spirit of God. Some offer an approach to God, through prophets or good teachers. However the eternal concept of Christ in me the hope of glory, is alien, to the religions of the world.
There is much to write on the differences between the religions of this world and Jesus' message of Hope.
Of all the religions of the world, some claim to teach the Christian message, but are not Christ-ian churches and do not preach the good news of Christ crucified (and even preach another sacrifice (such as in the garden of Gethsemane or as a Jesus who watched as someone was crucified in his stead), another gospel of works adding ordinances to grace, another kind of Jesus(or strange things about Him), a non-deity type Jesus, etc). In order to determine if a church is preaching 'religious' bondage or the truth: true freedom in Christ the Lord, the central person of Christianity--Jesus the Christ--must be taught to be: God come in flesh to save mankind; One God, eternally, always was God; Born of the woman--the virgin birth; The sovereign Creator of all things, even unseen; The full propitiation for sin: paid in full on the cross; The grace of God which saves those who believe and confess Him alone; The good news or gospel- ; He who suffered and died on the cross, was buried, and rose again conquering the grave and death as our substitute or second Adam (man); Our only Mediator for man and woman equally; Final prophet and Word of God (guide for all days); Final High Priest (One who offered the final sacrifice for sin); The Lamb of God (final sacrificial lamb); All that is needed for eternal life of those who will believe--God's great free gift; The sufficient Redeemer of man and woman, equally, Who gives eternal life with God, without any contributing works on their part; The Way, Truth, and Life; He Who baptizes with the Holy Spirit which adds the believer to His body or spiritual church'-the believers known to Him and written in His book of life; The final and enduring--never ceasing New Covenant (in His blood) which is everlasting and eternally secure; The Rock, our God and Savior; Refuge; The believers' Sabbath or rest (no longer a day to look forward to but a reality every moment for the believer); The groom of His bride- the worldwide believers- who He knows and they Him. He who looks on the heart and gives the pledge or guarantee of eternal life into the heart--the Holy Spirit (the baptism); He who adopted the sheep who were "not of (this) fold" (speaking of the Gentiles), into the family of God with the sheep who were kept under the rod (sheep pen) meaning the Law--until the Messiah came to free them, making "one new" out of the two (groups of sheep); The Cornerstone, and the foundation (the witnesses of His original Apostles as part of that foundation-- which foundation still witnesses today of the gospel, negating any need for more 'twelve apostles'); The "end of the Law" for those who believe; The "firstborn" of the family of God as being first to enter into Gods presence AS one of us (not a brother in a preexistence before life on earth), but only meaning that He is our substitute AS our brother in humanity (became man to fulfill the law as the perfect man), in order for us to be adopted as sons and daughters of God; These are the basics--the same central biblical message-spelled out in multiple ways: God saves by grace alone. Jesus is God's perfect and sufficient salvation. If anyone comes preaching a different Jesus/ a different gospel--(adding to or taking away from Him)--do not be deceived into believing they teach the Christian message. Christ's message is of reconciliation through His blood shed on the cross and in His resurrection--and not of works for salvation or any other appendages to the good news.