Different from any Other?
-by Tony Warren
We all know what is right and wrong. All men know that it is wrong to murder without so much as having laid eyes on a Bible. That's the immutable laws of God instilled in every one of us. When we break these laws, we are guilty and God the judge will punish us. And not one can justly use the excuse that they didn't know. For God is a discerner of the Heart. While man can fool man, and even fool himself, God looks upon the inward man.
Sin is the transgression of God's laws! Man readily agrees that if we transgress the criminal laws, or the traffic laws, righteousness (what is honest and just) demands when guilty, we should pay the price. Yet he balks at the laws of He who is a hundredfold more righteous than any court here on earth.
Nevertheless, Sin, must be punished. And the penalty for transgressing the laws of God is a judgment of Death. Not the first death which is the perishing of the physical body, but the second death which is also called the judgment of Hell (Revelation 20:12-15). Since all sin (bar none), no one will escape that judgment. For God the Judge is not unjust (as an earthly judge is) to wink at sin. Because for a Righteous God, the phrase "Justice must be served," is not just a slogan, it's law. Righteousness demands just judgment on transgression of the law! The Penalty must be paid.
In God's eyes, We're all guilty of sin, criminals, in violation of the law. And when we are judged and found guilty, there will be no Probation, there will be no time off for good behaviour, and there will be no suspended sentence. Righteous Justice must be served, which means the penalty for sins against God "must be paid".
Only one Religion or faith answers the question of how this punishment of Death that righteousness demands, can be satisfied. The God of all the earth has provided a WAY for those in Christ to answer the Sin question! No other god, religion, or philosophy, be it far East, mid West, or far North answers the dreaded Sin Question that hangs over mankind's head. Only one offers a way of atonement where we are reconciled and brought to Peace with God. That is the Christian Faith where Christ makes atonement for that sin.
Our God knowing there was none who could Save us from this sin question, by His own arm sent us a Saviour, that whosoever believeth on Him, He would take in Himself their Sins, and suffer the Judgment of God for those sins. Christ redeemed them and left them clean (without Sin) in the eyes of God.
No mere man, nor super man, nor holy man, nor Super Holy Man could suffer the wages of sin and come out unscathed. No Philosophy, nor any amount of well doing, or religious teaching could change the law. The Penalty we owed simply by righteous justice had to be paid. And it Would take a "GODMAN" to pay such a price and be raised up from death afterward free from sin, and we raised up with him.
God, (because no man could do it) loved us so much, that He sent His Son, God in the flesh, that He could go to the cross laden with the sins of man. He who knew no sin, became sin (our sin) for us (2nd Cor. 5:21), died, and was raised again, the Firstborn from the dead (col. 1:18). And we in our sins, being with him as He rose, we also rise from the dead (Born again) free from sin, in newness of Life.
In The History of the world, there is only ONE recorded GodMan! Jesus Christ our Lord. God because no man could do it. Man, because by one man sin entered into the world, so by one man was sin was atoned for.
The Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ satisfied the law for us, thus delivering us from the debt we owed. Besides him, there is no Saviour! The Christian Religion is the only answer to man's sin problem. Christ is the foundation of this Christian Religion.
Not in Buddha, or Confucius, nor Muhammad. There is only one name under heaven wherein man can be Saved. For He is the only one who could pay the required penalty for the sins of His people. It had to be God come as a man, for only God could be the Saviour. There is only one God, and there is only one Saviour.
Without man's sins being paid for by the Godman, a sacrifice lamb for us, then they must be paid for himself at the Judgment of the last day! One way or the other, God's justice must be satisfied and the penalty must be paid.
And so the answer to the question of, "what's the difference between the Christian Religion and ALL others religions in the world," is, "..it is the ONLY one that truly answers the Sin question." It is the only faith where the required Death for sin, is satisfied, without which, No one can be righteous to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Without which, no man will see God! All others fall way short! They miss the mark. Not one of them effectively answers the sin Question! Thus, they are tried and found wanting.
Copyright ©1994 Tony Warren
Created 1/1/94 / Last Modified 12/5/99
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