There are at least two ways Christianity is unlike other religions in the world and there is one way it is the same. Put them together and they make up the reasons why I am a Christian.
Two Ways It’s Different
Christianity is a falsifiable religion
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:14
Most religions depend heavily on private and personal revelations to special leaders like the Prophet Muhammad, Joseph Smith or Siddhartha Gautama. Private revelations are often impossible to test or falsify.
Christianity is different. Much of what is recorded in the bible is falsifiable. The most important event to Christianity is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His life and ministry was very public and if anything did not happen according to Christian claims, opponents of the movement would have been quick to prove them false. I believe Christianity would not have survived past the 1st century if the resurrection did not really happen. Christianity is still here because Jesus Christ is real.
Christianity is a grace-based religion
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus – Romans 3:23-24
Most religions offer salvation based on works, achieving salvation by obeying a list of rules in some form. For example, Catholicism has the Seven Sacraments, Mormonism has the First Principles and Ordinances and Buddhism has the Noble Eightfold Path. Works-based religion is hopeless as you are bound to fail.
Christianity is different. The bible teaches that God’s plan was always to save His people first (by His grace) and then offer guidance and laws for His people to follow. Moses delivered the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and then God gave the Ten Commandments. Ultimately, Jesus delivered all believers out of slavery to sin and then calls us to follow His commands. It is God’s grace we depend on for salvation, not the works we do. Some religions offer grace but only Christianity offers grace that’s based on something meaningful, or more accurately, someone—the holy and righteous Jesus Christ who was crucified. This grace came at a great cost.
One Way It’s the Same
Christianity is a faith-based religion
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. – Hebrews 11:6
Like any other religion, you have to believe in its doctrines. You have to have genuine faith and make a commitment to that faith. You will never discover the beauties and realities of Christianity unless you have childlike faith in the one true God, trust His word and devote yourself to His teachings. Everyone in this world is already devoted to something but often those idols can leave you disappointed. A devotion to Christ will never leave you empty.
So that’s why I’m a Christian. I am a Christian because I have faith in the grace that comes from Christ who is real.