Christianity, first of all, is not a religion, it is a relationship. In every religion if you remove the teacher, you still have a pretty good system.
In Christianity, if you remove Christ, you have nothing!
In all other religions we seek god, only in Christianity does God seek mankind!
There are six distinctions that separate Christianity from other world “religions.”
• Every other religion refers to God as creator or judge. Christianity refers to him as Father.
• Every other religion has a god that you are “beholden to,” but only in Christianity do you have a God who has an intimate relationship with you.
• All other religions show their gods to be teachers, to show “the way.” Only in Christianity do we have Jesus not just being the teacher, but the savior.
• All other religions are based on “works,” but only in Christianity do we have “grace.”
• All other religions have a hierarchy, a place of position where one can be closer to God than others - a caste, if you will. Only in Christianity is the ground equal, and we are all made equal before God.
• All other religions there is a condition of acceptance, you have to do something to be accepted by God. Only in Christianity are you accepted “as you are.”
The idea of Christianity is not that we pray because we have to, but we pray because we have the ear of God! Those things that make us different give a different perspective we operate out of reverential fear, not object fear. We love others because we are first loved.
Works prove our salvation, we do them because we want to out of a sense of loyalty and love to a God that saved us. Not because we have to. The cross put an end to my vain prideful desperate search for meaning.
It is my prayer that this understanding might bring you a little closer to understanding that you are loved!
“For God so loved the world (you and me) that He gave his only Son (Jesus), that WHOSOEVER (that is anyone at all) would believe in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16