Is Christianity the Only True Religion?--Part 1

I have never counted each and every one, but I am told that there are over 2,000 different religions, cults, and sects in the world. That is a lot of spiritual beliefs floating around on planet Earth. Someone once explained to me that religion is like a bicycle wheel. There are many spokes that lead to the same hub. They would say that there are many religions that lead to the same God.

Where does that put true Christianity? I know I am going to sound narrow-minded, but then isn't the way narrow? First, I'd like to say that true Christianity is not a religion. It is a personal relationship with the One true God. That being said, out of all the world religions none agree completely with another. Some would teach reincarnation. Some would teach purgatory exists. Some would teach we only get one chance to get it right.

Moving on, some would teach there is a burning, fiery Hell. Some would teach that Hell is here on earth. Others would disregard Hell completely in the afterlife.

Some would teach that Jesus Christ was a great prophet. Others would say He is God in the flesh. Others would declare Him to be a created angel. Some just a man.

All of these "spokes" supposedly, at least in some thinking, lead to the same truth, but they all can not be right as they differ one from another. I have heard it said many times that it does not matter what one believes, just as long as he believes. Or put another way, what one believes is truth for him. However, truth and belief are two different things. Sadly, it does not matter what we may choose to believe. The Truth stands in and of and by itself regardless of what we may believe.

2+2 has always equaled four--and it always will. We may choose to believe it equals 5, or 12, 150, but what we believe does not and will not change the facts. Neither will what we believe about religion change what is really true. Whether in the field of mathematics or religion, the principle always applies. Some would say that is comparing apples and oranges. No, that is just using some old-fashioned logic. Besides two apples + two apples = four apples and two oranges + two oranges = four oranges. We're foolish and prideful to think we can form our own truth. Truth is more powerful than you and I.

So here's the problem. If these 2,000+ religions all claim to be true, but yet they are contradictory in their teaching, how are we to know which one is really true?The fact is that only one or none of the thousands of religions can be true. All regions do not lead to truth. Yet to accept the truth we must forget preconceptions, personal beliefs, and/or philosophies. The truth can only be uncovered by those who are willing to face it honestly.

There must be something unique about the truth to make it stand out from error. If only one religion can be true, then we must know which one, and if we know which one, then we must follow it. This is the point we will explore in Part 2 of this series.


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johnnynaakea 6 years ago

Great hub lifegate. Jesus is truly the way, the truth, and the life.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Yep Johnny He is the Only Way!


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Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

2000 RELIGIONS....BUT ONLY ON JESUS CHRIST.As it is written:There is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

up & useful! Amen & Amen. Only ONE way and that's through the blood of Jesus...


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

As you said, there may be 2,000 religions, but Christianity is not a religion and therefore is not to be counted with them. I look forward to part 2.

Love, peace and joy in Him who is our Savior.

Forever His,


SirDent 6 years ago

You know, the narrowest opening lets less junk in than a large openeing. To be narrow in your thinking shows that you have confidence in what you believe to be truth.

As you said, Jesus is the only way. He is more popular than any other religious leader ever written about. That in itself shows there is something to this man.

The way to God that is shown in the Bible is also very unique and different than anything else that is out there. All other ways yo umake it by your own doing. Christianity says that we cannot do it on our own but only by what God did.

I wrote a hub quite a few months ago about truth, If you don't mind I put the link below. It follows along with what you wrote. If you don't want the link posted then deny this comment. I promise I will not be offended.

http://hubpages.com/hub/My-Truth-Your-Truth


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Amen preacher, I am glad to see a writing like this. It is refreshing to see a Christian man of God standing up for the truth.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Apostle Jack,

Yep, only one Jesus. That's all we need.

Samsons,

Thanks. It's always been and always will be through the blood. Praise is Name!

RevLady,

That's one of the things that makes Christianity so special--and that's one area where so many people go wrong. Part 2 is coming. Thanks.

Sir,

Good thought. We need less junk these days. I'll check out your hub. Thanks for making me aware of it.

Michael,

As we stand together, I think the truth will become more obvious. Thanks for checking in.


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Great start lifegate. You have us all waiting for part II with a very fulfilling part I. Truth is such a key. Now it is time to turn it. Peace.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

AM,

Yes, let's turn the key!


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v_kahleranderson 6 years ago from San Jose, California

Good morning Lifegate, and happy Sunday!

"..Isn't the way narrow?" I like what you said here very, very much. Your description to make a point of what you believe in (and I agree with you as well), is right on. Being a Christian is NOT a religion; it is a relationship. :)

Wonderful, wonderful hub...thank you!

May God bless you, today and always.

VKA


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Tank you VKA.


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Ms Dee 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Good title! Christ is not a religion afterall :-)


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Psalmist4M 6 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

The truth spoken. Thank you for the simple answer to the one of the most widely challenged subjects. Jesus is the Only Way. He is the Only Truth and He is the Only Life... the only way to our Father God. THE END. One is pretty narrow but it stands on it's on. God bless you for following the prompting of the Holy Spirit to write this word.

Blessings,


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub which presents great truth. Yes there is only one way to God, only through JesusChrist.Thank you for bringing this out into light here at Hubpages, Blessings to you.


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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

The Bible is the only book I use to answer this question. I look forward to reading part 2!


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HIShubs 6 years ago from MManila, Philippines

A relationship, not a religion. Feels like fresh air each time I hear that! Thanks!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

HISShubs,

And what a beautiful relationship it is. Thanks for stopping by.


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Woman Of Courage 6 years ago

Awesome hub, Jesus is the only way. It was wonderful reading your hub. God bless you!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thank you, Woman!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Lifegate, Wonderful hub! The WAY to the LORD is narrow. Amen to being narrowminded! There is only ONE WAY to Heaven and that is through JESUS CHRIST! "I'd like to say that true Christianity is not a religion. It is a personal relationship with the One true God." Amen! & AMEN!

Christianity is a choosen Lifestyle! God Bless YOU!

Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Yes DeBorrah,

Thank God for the narrow way--His Son, Jesus Christ.


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GodTalk 5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

Lifegate: I just found and got to read this introductory hub to a very needed topic. Thanks for sharing and I will read the rest soon. God bless and keep up the good work!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

GodTalk,

You're welcome to stop by any time--glad you were able to get here.

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