A Unique Feature of Christianity
Christianity holds a unique position among other religions in regard to entrance into heaven or paradise. Other religions place the responsibility for gaining heaven upon the individual. The gods of non-Christian religions do not offer salvation as a gift but as a reward for accomplishing some task (s). In contrast, Jesus Christ offers entrance into heaven as a gift which cannot be gained by individual effort, but only by the accomplishment of Christianity’s God.
Christianity teaches that its God is Jesus Christ. The Bible says that Jesus earned the title of supreme God by offering Himself as a payment for all human sin and then rising from the dead (Philippians 2:1-11). In this way, Christianity stands out from among any other religion. All other gods require some effort from their followers to gain entrance into heaven. Christ offers His own works to those who, under their own merit, cannot be good enough to enter into heaven, which includes all of us.
The gospel of Jesus Christ places the burden of being good enough from the individual person to God Himself. And Jesus Christ is more than good enough to save. This is why the Bible says the way to enter into heaven is not by works but by depending upon (believing in) what Jesus Christ did (Acts 16:31).
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Randy Weddle is the pastor of Community Church of Mooresville, Indiana and Mount Pleasant Christian Church, Monrovia Indiana