This BLOG is summarized from Chapter 4 “The Uniqueness of Christianity” of: “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!” Last week we saw the three different views of Mankind’s position in this world: 1) God’s not relevant and death is final. 2) Non-Christian religions escape death by human efforts, and 3) Christianity, God rescues man from death. All answer the same question: “What happens to us when we die?” Christianity differs from all other worldviews and religions in the stark way, that all mankind is helpless and hopeless in defeating death. All are condemned to Hell by both their nature and action.
God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil to test their love and obedience. By not eating from the tree, they could continually demonstrate love for God as an act of their will. They had the choice to not love by disobedience, so they had true free will. God warned them that eating from the tree would have the consequence of death. When Adam ate from the tree he brought the curse of sin and death to all of creation. Adam’s spirit died immediately. His body entered the process of dying, but it would be some time before he would physically die. God’s curse implies a process of dying. It’s as if God said: “You will begin to die (spiritual death), you will continue to die (aging), and eventually, you will be dead (physical death).
All men are guilty of this rebellion by both birth and personal practice. We are born sinners and we sin by intent daily. All are dead in their spirit and cannot and will not seek a relationship with God, hating God by nature and practice (See Romans 1–3). The situation is entirely hopeless. All are destined to Hell and can do nothing to stop death. If this were the end of the story, Christianity would be the most hopeless religion because there is no way to create a condition where and when men won’t die. We are all lost, condemned and undone! God alone can provide a solution.
The Good News.
Now, the good news of the gospel! God himself came to earth as Jesus, the perfect man, also known as the second Adam, not born by natural process but miraculously conceived in the virgin’s womb. He is not a son of Adam and does not inherit the sin nature. His spirit is alive. Jesus lived a perfect life obeying all God’s law and then sacrificed himself to pay the sin debt owed by men. Since men do not seek God because they are dead, God himself has to awaken them, first to hear the call to receive the payment of their debt made by Jesus. It’s called substitutionary atonement. One life traded for another to satisfy justice. Lazarus in the grave is an awesome great example! See my earlier blog: http://wp.me/p6OUE6-1y
LESSON: Christianity is unique in world religions because it alone teaches man is dead and will not seek God. God alone can provide escape from death and only through Jesus Christ
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