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“BUT AREN’T ALL
RELIGIONS THE SAME?
By Dr. Peter Hammond
What is the Difference Between the Different Religions
Apologetics
and
Evangelism
“BUT AREN’T ALL
RELIGIONS THE SAME?”
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY
AND ALL OTHER RELIGIONS?
“Jesus said :
‘I am the Way,
the Truth, and
the Life.
No one comes to
the Father
except
through Me.’”
John 14:6
Time and again
we hear people
say:
“All religions are
the same!
Why do you
insist that yours
is the only
right one?”
“How can you be so narrow minded, bigoted and
intolerant to believe that
Jesus is the only way to God?”
The New Tolerance
In this decadent and immoral society
the main virtue seems to be tolerance.
And the worst vice is intolerance.
However, what they mean by tolerance is something
very different to what tolerance used to mean.
Today tolerance has gone beyond what any previous
generation would have understood
to acceptance of deception
and approval of depravity.
Intolerance and Hypocrisy
The New Age tolerance seems to come to a screeching halt when
confronted with Biblical Christianity. Any Christian who dares to stand
up for basic Biblical beliefs are accused of intolerance !
It seems a bit hypocritical of those who claim that all religions are right
that they spend so much time declaring that Christianity is wrong.
And they do seem to be very intolerant of Biblical doctrine.
Baha’i Syncretism
The Baha’i religion has formalised the New Age spirit
into a religion which incorporates all other religions.
The Baha’i claim that all religions are the same and they claim to
follow Jesus Christ, along with Buddha, Lao-Tzu, Confucius, Muhammad,
Zoroaster and whole hosts of other gurus, ‘prophets’ and ‘holy men’.!
Research Religions
Yet, to those who
claim that all religions
are the same and all
religious teachers
basically teach the
same principles, we
need to point out to
them what these
religions actually do
teach:
Contrasts and Contradictions
Islam stands for a strict monotheism.
They are adamant that there is only one God.
Contrasts and Contradictions
However, Hinduism is polytheistic,
recognising at least 330 million gods.
How can monotheism and
polytheism be the same?
Life vs Nirvana
Jesus Christ said that He came that we may have life and have
it more abundantly (John 10:10). However, Hinduism and
Buddhism teach that life is a great evil. These religions teach
that we should be seeking for an end to all personal life
through Nirvana.
As a drop of water
falls back into the
ocean and loses
all individuality,
so, through
successive
reincarnations
and meditation,
we should seek
the cessation of
personal
consciousness.
As Buddhism and Hinduism regard life as miserable
(that is something of a self-fulfilling prophecy as paganism
always tends to make life quite miserable)
their goal is the extinguishing of life.
How can Christ’s teaching about Spiritual Life,
Eternal Life and Abundant Life be the same thing
as Buddhism’s Nirvana?
Incompatible Ethics
Then there are the issues of ethics.
Most religions teach polygamy
– that a man may have numerous wives.
Islam teaches “marriage” with minors.
Christianity has always stood for monogamy:
one man married to one woman for life.
Christ condemned divorce.
Muhammad allowed for easy and quick verbal divorces.
These two positions are incompatible.
Fellowship with Demons
The Apostle Paul taught: “Rather, that the things
which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons
and not to God, and I do not want you to have
fellowship with demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:20
What is the Difference Between the Different Religions
Idolatry
The Scriptures are clear that God is not pleased with
all types of religious activity. The most condemned
sin throughout the Scripture is that of idolatry.
Most of the religions of the world are steeped in
idolatry. “Professing to be wise, they became fools
and changed the Glory of the Incorruptible God into
an image made like corruptible man.” Romans 1:22
What is the Difference Between the Different Religions
Are You a Good Person?
Most religions teach that people are basically good.
The Bible is clear that people are basically evil.
“As it is written: There is none righteousness, no,
not one; there is none who understands; there is
none who seeks after God. … For all have sinned and
fall short of the Glory of God.” Romans 3:10-23.
Beware of Religious Deception
Jesus warned us of false prophets (Matthew 7:15),
false teachers and false shepherds (Matthew 23).
“Take heed that no one deceives you.”
Matthew 24:4.
Deceiving Nations
In the book of Revelation we are told that at the end God will
send an Angel to bind satan “So that he should deceive the
nations no more …” Revelation 20:3.
Plainly satan is deceiving nations today.
Nations ARE BEING DECIEVED.
We are involved in a colossal conflict,
a world war of world views:
A World War of Worldviews
Atheism vs Theism,
Polytheism vs Monotheism,
Communism vs Christianity,
Sharia law vs God’s Law,
Polygamy vs Monogamy,
Slavery vs Freedom,
Abortion vs Pro-Life,
Pornography vs Morality,
Homosexuality vs Family Values,
Disease vs Health,
Lies vs Truth,
Poison vs Purity,
Death vs Life
Religion Vs Relationship
Religions are man trying to reach up to God,
Christ is
God
reaching
down to
man,
Religions come from man
Christianity comes from God,
Religions say: Try!
Christ says: Trust!
Freedom of Conscience
We, as Protestants, believe in
freedom of conscience,
freedom of speech,
freedom of association,
freedom of worship.
The Protestant
Reformation gave birth
to the very concept of
religious toleration.
However by tolerating the practice of other religions
we are not saying that they are equally valid or true.
That modern, New Age concept of tolerance
is not what the word has historically meant.
Facing Reality
What is the difference between the Christian
God and the gods of other religions?
Well, first and foremost,
the God of the Bible is real.
The others
are not.
God
exists.
The others are figments of the imagination
and demonic deceptions.
Sin
However, the differences between Christianity and
all other religions is more than the way we look at
everything and everyone, reality and responsibility,
salvation and discipleship.
It is much more than the truth about God,
man, eternity and salvation.
It is even more than life, both life here and
now, and life in the hereafter.
The chief and most critical difference between
Christianity and other religions is our understanding
of the Holiness of God and the seriousness of sin.
What is absolutely unique about Christianity, among
all the religions of the world, is its central doctrine of
a once for all, never to be repeated, substitutionary
Atonement.
Atonement
Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who
takes away the sins of the world.
His sacrificial death on the Cross
made Atonement for our sins
and made possible the Redemption of His people.
Other religions either have a lower view of God’s
Holiness or a lower view of the seriousness of mans’
sin, or both. Only Christianity maintains the balance
of God’s perfect Holiness and merciful love.
Justice
The crucial question is: how can a Holy God
reconcile sinful and depraved people
and still maintain His justice?
Only Someone who was sinless could
be an Atoning Sacrifice and only
God Himself, coming as a Man,
could be that perfect Sacrifice.
Other religions are based on the
teachings of their founders.
The Life of Christ
Christianity, however, is based on its Founder’s life.
At the core of The Apostles Creed is Christ:
“Our Lord Jesus Christ,
conceived
by the Holy Spirit,
born
of the Virgin Mary,
suffered
under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified,
He died
and was buried.
He descended
into hell.
The third day He rose
again from the dead.
He ascended into
Heaven, and is seated at
the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty;
from there He shall
come to Judge the living
and the dead.”
The Festivals of the Church
That is why the great festivals of the Christian Faith
are: Christmas, Good Friday, Easter
and Ascension Day.
Christmas celebrates the Incarnation of God in
human flesh, Immanuel, God with Us.
Good Friday, the atoning death
of the Son of God for the sins of
the world.
Easter the victory of
Christ over death,
hell and the grave
through the
Resurrection. “I am
He who lives, and
was dead, and
behold, I am alive
forevermore. Amen.
And I have the keys
of Hades and of
death”
Revelation 1:18
The Uniqueness of Christ
Jesus Christ didn’t
claim to know
the way,
He is the Way.
Jesus didn’t just
teach the truth,
He is the Truth.
He does not just
have life,
He is the Life.
Confucius did
not die for the
sins of the
world. He did
not even believe
in sin.
Buddha did not
rise from the
dead.
Only Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, died an
atoning death and rose from the dead.
Confucius, Buddha, Muhammad,
and all the rest, died, are buried and have
never been heard from since.
However the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead is a unique historical fact.
The Lifesaver
All humanity is drowning in an ocean of sin.
The religions of the world are throwing out swimming
manuals and seeking to give the drowning some
instructions on how to swim.
However, Jesus Christ is the Lifesaver who has
plunged into the ocean to rescue the perishing, at the
expense of His own life.
“Nor is there Salvation in any other, for there is no other
name under Heaven given among men by which we must
be saved.” Acts 4:12
Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth,
and the Life. No one comes to the Father
except through Him.
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What is the Difference Between the Different Religions

  • 1. “BUT AREN’T ALL RELIGIONS THE SAME? By Dr. Peter Hammond
  • 4. “BUT AREN’T ALL RELIGIONS THE SAME?” WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ALL OTHER RELIGIONS?
  • 5. “Jesus said : ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:6
  • 6. Time and again we hear people say: “All religions are the same! Why do you insist that yours is the only right one?”
  • 7. “How can you be so narrow minded, bigoted and intolerant to believe that Jesus is the only way to God?”
  • 8. The New Tolerance In this decadent and immoral society the main virtue seems to be tolerance.
  • 9. And the worst vice is intolerance.
  • 10. However, what they mean by tolerance is something very different to what tolerance used to mean.
  • 11. Today tolerance has gone beyond what any previous generation would have understood
  • 12. to acceptance of deception and approval of depravity.
  • 13. Intolerance and Hypocrisy The New Age tolerance seems to come to a screeching halt when confronted with Biblical Christianity. Any Christian who dares to stand up for basic Biblical beliefs are accused of intolerance !
  • 14. It seems a bit hypocritical of those who claim that all religions are right that they spend so much time declaring that Christianity is wrong. And they do seem to be very intolerant of Biblical doctrine.
  • 15. Baha’i Syncretism The Baha’i religion has formalised the New Age spirit into a religion which incorporates all other religions.
  • 16. The Baha’i claim that all religions are the same and they claim to follow Jesus Christ, along with Buddha, Lao-Tzu, Confucius, Muhammad, Zoroaster and whole hosts of other gurus, ‘prophets’ and ‘holy men’.!
  • 17. Research Religions Yet, to those who claim that all religions are the same and all religious teachers basically teach the same principles, we need to point out to them what these religions actually do teach:
  • 18. Contrasts and Contradictions Islam stands for a strict monotheism. They are adamant that there is only one God.
  • 19. Contrasts and Contradictions However, Hinduism is polytheistic, recognising at least 330 million gods.
  • 20. How can monotheism and polytheism be the same?
  • 21. Life vs Nirvana Jesus Christ said that He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). However, Hinduism and Buddhism teach that life is a great evil. These religions teach that we should be seeking for an end to all personal life through Nirvana.
  • 22. As a drop of water falls back into the ocean and loses all individuality, so, through successive reincarnations and meditation, we should seek the cessation of personal consciousness.
  • 23. As Buddhism and Hinduism regard life as miserable (that is something of a self-fulfilling prophecy as paganism always tends to make life quite miserable) their goal is the extinguishing of life.
  • 24. How can Christ’s teaching about Spiritual Life, Eternal Life and Abundant Life be the same thing as Buddhism’s Nirvana?
  • 25. Incompatible Ethics Then there are the issues of ethics.
  • 26. Most religions teach polygamy – that a man may have numerous wives.
  • 28. Christianity has always stood for monogamy: one man married to one woman for life.
  • 29. Christ condemned divorce. Muhammad allowed for easy and quick verbal divorces. These two positions are incompatible.
  • 30. Fellowship with Demons The Apostle Paul taught: “Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:20
  • 32. Idolatry The Scriptures are clear that God is not pleased with all types of religious activity. The most condemned sin throughout the Scripture is that of idolatry.
  • 33. Most of the religions of the world are steeped in idolatry. “Professing to be wise, they became fools and changed the Glory of the Incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man.” Romans 1:22
  • 35. Are You a Good Person? Most religions teach that people are basically good. The Bible is clear that people are basically evil.
  • 36. “As it is written: There is none righteousness, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. … For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” Romans 3:10-23.
  • 37. Beware of Religious Deception Jesus warned us of false prophets (Matthew 7:15), false teachers and false shepherds (Matthew 23). “Take heed that no one deceives you.” Matthew 24:4.
  • 38. Deceiving Nations In the book of Revelation we are told that at the end God will send an Angel to bind satan “So that he should deceive the nations no more …” Revelation 20:3.
  • 39. Plainly satan is deceiving nations today.
  • 40. Nations ARE BEING DECIEVED. We are involved in a colossal conflict, a world war of world views:
  • 41. A World War of Worldviews Atheism vs Theism, Polytheism vs Monotheism, Communism vs Christianity, Sharia law vs God’s Law, Polygamy vs Monogamy, Slavery vs Freedom,
  • 42. Abortion vs Pro-Life, Pornography vs Morality, Homosexuality vs Family Values, Disease vs Health, Lies vs Truth, Poison vs Purity, Death vs Life
  • 43. Religion Vs Relationship Religions are man trying to reach up to God,
  • 49. Freedom of Conscience We, as Protestants, believe in freedom of conscience,
  • 53. The Protestant Reformation gave birth to the very concept of religious toleration.
  • 54. However by tolerating the practice of other religions we are not saying that they are equally valid or true.
  • 55. That modern, New Age concept of tolerance is not what the word has historically meant.
  • 56. Facing Reality What is the difference between the Christian God and the gods of other religions?
  • 57. Well, first and foremost, the God of the Bible is real.
  • 59. The others are figments of the imagination and demonic deceptions.
  • 60. Sin However, the differences between Christianity and all other religions is more than the way we look at everything and everyone, reality and responsibility, salvation and discipleship.
  • 61. It is much more than the truth about God, man, eternity and salvation. It is even more than life, both life here and now, and life in the hereafter.
  • 62. The chief and most critical difference between Christianity and other religions is our understanding of the Holiness of God and the seriousness of sin.
  • 63. What is absolutely unique about Christianity, among all the religions of the world, is its central doctrine of a once for all, never to be repeated, substitutionary Atonement. Atonement
  • 64. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
  • 65. His sacrificial death on the Cross made Atonement for our sins and made possible the Redemption of His people.
  • 66. Other religions either have a lower view of God’s Holiness or a lower view of the seriousness of mans’ sin, or both. Only Christianity maintains the balance of God’s perfect Holiness and merciful love.
  • 67. Justice The crucial question is: how can a Holy God reconcile sinful and depraved people and still maintain His justice?
  • 68. Only Someone who was sinless could be an Atoning Sacrifice and only God Himself, coming as a Man, could be that perfect Sacrifice.
  • 69. Other religions are based on the teachings of their founders.
  • 70. The Life of Christ Christianity, however, is based on its Founder’s life. At the core of The Apostles Creed is Christ:
  • 71. “Our Lord Jesus Christ, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, He died and was buried. He descended into hell.
  • 72. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to Judge the living and the dead.”
  • 73. The Festivals of the Church That is why the great festivals of the Christian Faith are: Christmas, Good Friday, Easter and Ascension Day.
  • 74. Christmas celebrates the Incarnation of God in human flesh, Immanuel, God with Us.
  • 75. Good Friday, the atoning death of the Son of God for the sins of the world.
  • 76. Easter the victory of Christ over death, hell and the grave through the Resurrection. “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of death” Revelation 1:18
  • 77. The Uniqueness of Christ Jesus Christ didn’t claim to know the way, He is the Way. Jesus didn’t just teach the truth, He is the Truth. He does not just have life, He is the Life.
  • 78. Confucius did not die for the sins of the world. He did not even believe in sin. Buddha did not rise from the dead.
  • 79. Only Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, died an atoning death and rose from the dead.
  • 80. Confucius, Buddha, Muhammad, and all the rest, died, are buried and have never been heard from since.
  • 81. However the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is a unique historical fact.
  • 82. The Lifesaver All humanity is drowning in an ocean of sin.
  • 83. The religions of the world are throwing out swimming manuals and seeking to give the drowning some instructions on how to swim.
  • 84. However, Jesus Christ is the Lifesaver who has plunged into the ocean to rescue the perishing, at the expense of His own life.
  • 85. “Nor is there Salvation in any other, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
  • 86. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.