Compare Jesus to Other Religious Leaders
Can we compare Jesus to other religious leaders? What about other religions? Don't they offer their followers something of value too?
Well, let's compare Jesus with their leaders;
Jesus conquered death - did any of the others rise from the dead?
Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophecies made hundreds of years before He even came. None of the other religious leaders did that.
Jesus alone is both God and Man - the others cannot make that claim.
Jesus is sinless - the others were all born in sin.
Jesus is our Saviour because He died for our sins - the others died for their own sins.
Jesus offers pardon to all who will repent - the others offer no pardon.
Jesus has the power to change hearts - the others can only hope to influence thinking.
Jesus offers assurance of sins forgiven and that we will spend eternity with Him in Heaven. The others offer no such hope.
Satan spoke lies to Eve, in an effort to get her to distrust God. He still does this today through the teachings of the false religions. But what he says and what Jesus says cannot both be true; one or the other is a liar.
Jesus, whom we have just seen is the perfect Saviour, made it clear that He alone is the only way to God. All other ways are false and misleading. “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).
Satan's doctrines appeal to those who have too much pride to humble themselves and come to God through Jesus in repentance and trusting faith. That is why they like the idea of "earning their salvation" by good deeds, or high intellectual pursuits, or whatever. Any theory that cuts God out of the picture is what they seek. But that does not affect God one whit, and in the end God will decide their eternal fate.
Reincarnation is just another edition of Satan's lie to Eve that, "you shall not surely die." She did die, didn't she?
All these points to compare Jesus to other religious leaders are vivid contrasts, but the one that shines the brightest is the ressurrection of Jesus from the dead. If that were not true all the other comparissons would become mute. This is how the very articulate Apostle Paul explained it in 1 Corinthians 15:14-19, "Amd of Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. - Proofs of Christ's ressurection abound! But that's another topic.
An honest effort to compare Jesus to other religious leaders makes all the rest of them fade into the background - and out of the picture.
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