Some people think Christianity is about churches and steeples and is just one of many, equally valid, world religions.
They think it is a question of take your pick or mix and match. The general thought is that they have all got something to say, and which one you choose (if any) is simply down to personal preference.
It’s a bit like adverts for soap powder. Should it be Daz or Bold, Fairy or Persil? Or if you are buying a car should you buy a Ford or a Vauxhall? Do you want a diesel or petrol engine?
They are choices, but the fundamentals of washing powder are to get those clothes whiter than white and you have a sneaking feeling that there is not so much difference in performance. Same with cars: they all should get you from A to B. Which model you drive speaks more about ride and comfort and speed.
It may surprise you that only Christianity offers a Saviour. On even an initial look, it is quite clear that Christianity is unique and this is so because of the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
One historian, speaking of Christ, said “Centuries have come and gone and today He is the central figure of the human race. All the armies that ever marched, all navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on earth as much as that one solitary life.”
Why the impact? Jesus claimed to be the Son of God and came into the world to save us from sin and to give us a life worth living. Many today are finding through personal experience that this is true.
A third of the world’s population claim to be Christian. It is estimated that each day 65,000 people decide to follow Jesus and become Christians. Your interest in Christianity could be the start of the greatest journey of your life. It is truly a journey of discovery.
We are continuing to make unpleasant discoveries about our society. The unrest and trouble of life in the 21st Century continue to shock us.
We also make discouraging discoveries about ourselves. We find ourselves failing again and again to live up to our standards. We know what we should do but cannot do it. We know the standards but settle for less.
When we look into the basics of Christianity, the journey of discovery is much more encouraging. God knows what we are like.
He sums it up by saying that He loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but should have eternal life. God is taking the initiative through Christ.
God does not leave us with a religion that is a set of rules, or one that has impressive liturgy, or vague feelings. He knew that the greatest need that we have is for a Saviour. This resulted in Jesus dying on the cross but His death brings us life.
When I was a child I could never understand why Good Friday was so named because that was the day Christ died. Now I know-Christ’s death brings us so many good things, not least the forgiveness of sins, peace with God and a home in heaven.