One Word That Makes Christianity Different From All World Religions
by Jonathan Morrow
One word can make all the difference.
It certainly did for me this past week…
Last week my older brother lost his battle with cancer. At just 40 years old, he was way too young. He fought hard and outlasted all of the predictions for stage 4 melanoma. He was courageous and positive. I am grateful he is no longer suffering, but I will miss him deeply. I will miss all the years we could have experienced together.
But as we talked often these past few months, we were confident that this life would not be the end. In a word, we had hope. Not wishful thinking mind you, but solid hope in a future reality.
And it is this one small, but exceedingly powerful word that sets Christianity apart from all world religions.
A Living Hope
No other religion offers genuine hope. But it’s at the heart of Christianity:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” — 1 Peter 1:3-7
Hope provides the ability to suffer well.
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” — Romans 15:4
God’s Word gives us hope because we see how God has acted in the ordinary lives of men and women of faith in the past…
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