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“What is the main difference between Christianity and other major religions?”—Lisa
The major world religions do have some similarities. Practically all of them have a concept of God, a set of sacred writings and a system of beliefs and ethics, as well as some expression of eschatological reward and punishment (concepts of “heaven” and “hell”)
Of course, the major religions are not the same in many ways. There is not sufficient space to explore the variations — but anyone who claims they are simply “different roads to the same destination” has not spent much time studying them.
Though Christianity stands apart in numerous ways, it holds to one belief that is truly unique.
This distinctive is the belief in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Christians hold to the conviction that His death on the cross and resurrection are historical events which early believers recognized as the validation of the sinless life and saving work of Jesus Christ (Rom. 4:24-25; II Cor. 5:16-21; I Pet. 2:21-25).
All four Gospels discuss the resurrection, steadfast in the claim that He was definitely dead and then was indisputably alive again (Mt. 28:1-10ff; Mk. 16:1-8; Lk. 24:1-10; Jn. 20; 21). Those who knew Him experienced Him, post-burial, in personal, physical encounters (I Cor. 15:5-9). He was not an apparition, an avatar, a “consciousness” or wishful thinking.
To them, Jesus’ resurrection proved He was more than human; He was God in the flesh (Jn. 1:14-18, 29).
The resurrection demonstrated the power of God to save (Acts 4:10-12; 5:30-31; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 1:18-21; Col. 2:8-15; I Thess. 1:10).
The resurrection, unique in history and religion, is at the heart of the good news (I Cor. 15:1-4), the mighty act of a just and loving God who has overcome death with “victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Cor. 15:57).