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Many religions are attempts to please a god or "gods" in order to gain their favor. Many religions focus on becoming more like a god ourselves, elevating man in some way or another Others deny God or the Supernatural at all (often viewing man as already being the ultimate being) Many focus on using or harnessing powers of the universe to improve our lives ...


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Christianity is unique in being the only religion in the history of the world to turn the tables on man (in every sense). It stands apart in it's claim to reconcile a perfectly just God as being both just and the justifier of unjust men. Christianity stands alone in being the only religion whose God gave up his rights and very life on behalf of his ...


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First question to ask is what are Christians being saved from or for? Thankfully someone has saved me time from having to write that answer up (Thanks @Caleb): What does it mean to "be saved" Again, I would promote the necessity of relationship with God so that a follower knows the nature of God well enough to know what His desire for us. This is ...


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Occam's Razor states that the simplest solution is likely to be the correct one, and such commonalities are generally explained by Christians by appealing to the simplest solution: when two separate entities share several common traits, it's generally because they derive from a shared origin. The Old Testament gives a few tantalizing glimpses of things that ...


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You're obviously familiar with the Messianic prophecies which are well expounded in Wikipedia. The classic proof text for Christians' being saved is John 14:6 (and 10:27 below) — Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And for Jesus-as-God, there's John 10:27–30 ...


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This is a question that requires a long quote to be read in context from Chesterton's Orthodoxy, you really should read the entire book, but you may be able to pick up a few chestnuts here or there from this excerpt: The things said most confidently by advanced persons to crowded audiences are generally those quite opposite to the fact; it is actually ...


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Dismissing other religions is a bit harsh, I believe. First, there are common beliefs, which makes sense if there was an event that actually happened, for example, if you look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_Eden and read about Sumer you will see that there is another story with parallels to the Garden of Eden. If you look at ...


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To quote from Bible itself, Jesus mentioned about the salvation of mankind through Him, in following verses in Bible. All these words spoken by Jesus Himself: John 3:14-18 Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”For this is the way God loved ...


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Mark 16:15 (NIV) He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, God wants all nations and languages to know Jesus Christ. Acts 1:8 (NIV) But you will receive ...


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The study of religious doctrines of salvation is called soteriology (the Wikipedia article is a good start). The most important part of soteriology is the theologic concept of justification. Justification is God's cleansing of our sins and declaring us righteous. Catholics and Orthodoxs believe in justification by baptism (initial justification) avoiding ...


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Good question, but it's not about how do we justify our being right and everyone else being wrong. It all comes down to absolute truth. There may be common threads between various religions but they cannot all be true. For example: Is there one God or many? Christians, Jews and Muslims all say 1, Hindus say many. Both parties cannot be right - either ...


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According to the Bible, God was in the beginning and was the only God worshiped as such. He revealed Himself to Adam and Noah specifically. At Babel, the people of the earth were divided by language, yet all of them retained some history and understanding of God's interactions with mankind in the world that is recorded in Genesis 1-11. From this, we ...


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The article states that Christianity itself, particularly as it originally existed in the days of the early Church, meets the definition of a mystery religion, and that this was noted and remarked upon by one of the great early apologists, Justin Martyr. And if the definition is that "participation is reserved to initiates," then Judaism meets the ...


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If I understand correctly, faith is a theological virtue that God gives to people, as opposed to human virtues that require some human effort to obtain. http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c1a7.htm: 1813 ...They [theological virtues] are infused by God into the souls of the faithful to make them capable of acting as his ...


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I agree with comments made by David Stratton, Caleb, Peter Turner, and Neil Meyer. But let me add one more point: The question says that Christianity is like many other religions in that "CLAIMS to speak on behalf of God", "CLAIMS to be historically accurate", "CLAIMS to be the one true religion", etc. This may well be true, but the important question is ...


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My answer has to do with an assumption that the prayer book of another religion can essentially be viewed as an idol, given that some may attempt to get something "spiritual" from an object constructed by humans. And here are some verses that apply to answer your excellent question: 1) Don't bow to the idol. There are degrees of reverence to the object ...


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What is salvation? What are Christians being saved from? The Apostle taught that Christians will be saved because God has promised to save all the Jews through a one sided covenant, and that, since the Greeks are to be grafted onto the vine that is Israel, Greeks will share in that covenental promise [I refrain from using the word "gentile" rather than ...


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James 2:15-16 "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?" If people don't need food, why even say "be filled"? And why would he describe food as "needful to the ...


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I've never heard of Breatharianism but just read the wikipedia article. To answer your question, Christians are opposed to it by definition. Breatharians claim that food and possibly water are not necessary, and that humans can be sustained solely by prana (the vital life force in Hinduism). Incidentally, fasting in Christianity has historically been ...


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Biblical History First of all, Biblical history shows that God revealed Himself to Adam and Noah, among others. Noah was the line of Enoch, who "walked with God". Noah Himself "found grace in the eyes of the Lord." After the flood, Noah and his family had the knowledge of the one true God. That knowledge would have remained common through to the time of ...



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