What’s So Special About Christianity?

by J Warner Wallace

Every world view takes a position regarding eternity. Even those who don’t believe in God, still believe something about death and the possibility of heaven. To disbelieve a claim requires a belief in something contrary. When I was an atheist, I believed something about eternity and the possibility of life after death:

1. If you’re an Atheist…
You deny that there is a God, have no belief in supernatural phenomena (or anything beyond the natural realm), and no belief in an afterlife.

All the world’s religious belief systems, on the other hand, posit that humans can work their way into God’s presence through some set of good behaviors. Regardless of religious system, all proclaim a similar truth: you, as a simple human, can control (or at least contribute to) your own eternal destiny.

2. If you’re a Jew…
You obey the Ten Commandments

3. If you’re Muslim…
You obey the Five Pillars of Faith

4. If you’re a Buddhist…
You obey the implications of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold Path

5. If you’re a Baha’i…
You must keep the Baha’i Law

6. If you’re a Hindu…
You must perform good deeds (Karma Yoga), work to attain a state of consciousness in meditation (Jnana Yoga), or perform acts of worship, temple rituals, and pilgrimages (Bhakti Yoga)

7. If you’re a Jehovah’s Witness…
You must perform good works that fulfill God’s will

8. If you’re a Scientologist…
You must work toward spiritual enlightenment and an attainment of brotherhood with the universe

9. If you’re a Mormon…
You obey the Ten Commandments of Judaism, every commandment of Jesus, and the teachings of all the Mormon Prophets

Notice the similarity? All these worldviews are dependent on the beliefs or works of humans. You either think you are smart enough to explain it all (Atheism), or think you can somehow unite yourself to God through your own good works (all the aforementioned religious beliefs). Christianity, on the other hand, proclaims something very different…

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