Posted by: Nito | December 24, 2013

Are All Religions Created Equal?

In my previous article The Role of the Chosen People – Pat 3 I wrote about all major religions pointing to the same God. Even though I do believe that they talk about the same Almighty Father, nevertheless I do not think all of them are created equal, simply because they do not convey the same revelation about Him.

Basically, all religions except Christianity are performance-based, where you have to do something in order to please God or otherwise He won’t like you. Linked with this belief is that your salvation (i.e. a ticket to heaven) depends on your good deeds. In other words, a good person goes to heaven to be with God, while bad people go to hell.

Eastern religions also have the concept of karma, where you don’t just worry about the bad things you’ve done in this life, but you also have to be concerned with the bad stuff you’ve done in all your previous lives. So, karma is a sum of all your previous deeds (good and bad) and you are bound to come back to this material plane of existence until you work out all of your karma. So, even if you go to heaven after you die you will stay there only for a short while, as you have to come back to earth (i.e reincarnate) and work out the rest of your karma. In such a case your temporary stay in heaven cannot be called salvation, as you are not permanently saved from hell. The next time you would reincarnate you could mess it up so badly that you could end up in hell.

Obviously, yoga (which is a part of the eastern religious system) will teach you that there are some shortcuts, like mediation techniques, that will speed up resolution of your karma and thus help you reach perfection within your current life, or at least help resolve all of your “material” karma. In short, your “material” karma is causing your rebirth on this material plane and once you get rid of it, you will not return here, but will work your way up through the other two (higher) planes of existence (before you become perfect and unite with God). You will notice that the main point of the process is “you”. It is you who have to work and God is somebody on the side who does help, but after you put some effort into it.

What I want to say here on this page is that Jesus is the greatest possible shortcut there exists. The true and permanent salvation which is available to anyone for free. The only prerequisite is that you have to believe in Him: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).  “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24).

And this salvation is not performance-based. You do not have to do anything in order to earn it. If you simply “confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).  Is there anything easier than this on the face of the Earth? Is there any other religion which promises the eternal salvation just because you’ve professed your faith in the Savior? No, there isn’t. We find this only in the Christian faith.

As a Christian I do not have to earn God’s love as He loves me already and He proved it by sending His son Jesus to die for my sins. I don’t have to spend years of penance, breathing in and out, performing redeeming activity to atone for my sins as Jesus’ blood paid for that already (I do have to mediate on God’s word and spread His kingdom on earth because it does not just benefit me but also everybody else). I do not have to reincarnate as a worn in the “next life”, because Jesus saved me from the reincarnation cycle and thus gave me the life eternal. I don’t have to kill anyone in order to please God, because He loves everybody and wants them changed (by their own free will) and not killed. I don’t need to wait for the Messiah to come, because He (Jesus) has come already and has paved the way for me.

If you want to receive this salvation simply say the following words and mean it:

Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart, I make you my Lord and Savior.

Merry Christmas!

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