The right religion

Discussion in 'Answers' started by Unregistered, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. The right religion

    I was just wondering what makes you know that Christianity is the right religion. I have never been able to grasp the concept of any religion personally, but I was just wondering how you know that Christianity right? You may say that it's because the bible says so, but isn't the Qur'an just like the Bible? How do you know it isn't really that book that's telling the truth and not the Bible? I'm sure they're Muslims out there who believe just as strongly as you believe the Bible is right, that the Qur'an is right, and that the bible is lie!

    I may have come across as a bit rude but I mean know offence I just can't understand how you can be so sure about something when they're are so many people who "know" it's wrong...
  2. What a great couple of questions! Thank you for being up front in this.

    The first concept to grasp is that Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship. You have Lutherans, Southern Baptists, Presbyterian, and more denominations which you might call "religions" and which may be Christian but Christianity is a relationship we have with the creator of the universe.
    Excellent observation and very noteworthy. You have a strong case in that when you look at all of the world's religions, it is natural to ask how each of them can know that they alone have the truth.

    There is one thing the separates Christianity from the world's religions. That is that Christianity is the only entity which asks people to reasonably study the facts.

    When we as Christians study the Bible we take note of any little nuance to see how it fits in with the entire puzzle as we believe that the Bible has no contradictions. There are areas that we may draw a blank on but in no cases do you have actual contradictions where person A was at locations B and C simultaneously. In no place is factual science contradicted even though the passage may have been written thousands of years ago.

    Sadly, many Christians don't know how to defend the Bible. One celebrated case took place in the Scopes Monkey Trial where William Jennings Bryan took the stand and was asked some of the most basic and fundamental questions such as "Where did Lot's wife come from?" The celebrated William Jennings Bryan of the early part of the 20th century became a fool when he could not answer them.

    Clearly, Muslims believe without question that the Qur'an is superior to the Bible. They have been taught that while the Qur'an has never been translated and is therefore highly dependable, that the Bible has been translated through the millenea countless times and therefore highly suspect. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have the Bible in its original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. When the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1948 it confirmed the accurate transmission of the scriptures over thousands of years. When a translation is done today the scholars translate from the original text consulting through literally thousands of manuscripts and fragments all written in the original language.

    But here is something else to consider: Just try discussing the veracity of the Qur'an with a Muslim. See what happens if you know what to point out.

    After considering all the aspects, one must conclude without question that the Bible is the creator's message to man transmitted through the ages with incredible accuracy.

    I know that it seems like an incredible statement. I invite you to throw a couple of questions out, questions that may appear as absolutely discrediting the Bible and embarrassing me. If you embarrass me I will take it in stride but feel free to offer up something you have found that looks pretty conclusive against the Bible.
  3. I like this statement.

    Christianity is a relationship; whereas Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, etc. are denominations.

  4. simple answer NO religion is the right religion...
  5. I personally do not view my faith as a religion. I view it more as a relationship, as others have said, because to me I found that keeping myself under these strict rules and regulations seriously hindered my faith. I let God lead me, not man.

    Neither have I so welcome to the club. I think we should have a personal, individual 'friendship' with God, for lack of better words.

    I don't. That doesn't mean I don't have faith. Faith is the basis of everything. We can 'know' something very well but if we have no faith in it, what's the point? I really do not know that Christianity is right so I have to rely on my faith to see me through. That is what makes you trust God more than yourself.

    And how is Qur'an like the Bible? If you look deeply into both there are many differences between them. Every religion has their 'bible' but there is only one Bible with a capital B.

    That's the whole point. The Bible is a book that tells the Truth. The Word was with God - the Word is God.

    Everyone is like that. What we believe in personally, we refute everything else as a lie.

    No you didn't come across as rude. Dear, I have seen, talked to, and met worse. You're an angel compared to some people.

    And who are these people? I would like to talk to them or hear what they have to say.

    Because, even if I die and I believed in a lie, at least I strived to create a better person for myself. At least I didn't just waste my short life on this earth doing nothing for me or for other people.

    We're only given a short time on this earth and we might as well leave with a foot print amongst the others instead of just fluttering away like a dead weed...
  6. Wow! That's good!

    Never thought of it that way! Good point!
  7. following Christ and his words is not a religion,but truth.
  8. Wow! That's a good one too! :shepherd:
  9. I hope the original poster comes back to reply to some of the comments that have been made here.

    I have a question for you, but first, I do want to say that I admire you for taking the time to come onto a Christian forum and address a very serious question in such a respectful manner.

    If you don't mind replying,
    What do you think takes place after death?

    And... do you think there is any meaning to the universe? Or do you see this reality as a cause and effect result of random chance?

    I would like to discuss this with you, but it would be extremely helpful if I knew your responses to those two questions. :)
  10. I dont think that anybody can. See to me, to grasp a religion is basically trying to grasp God, Himself/Herself/Itself (varying from religion to religion). And when we say grasp, i assume it to mean to understand

    Not even the most deeply faithful Christians can actually grasp because the human mind simply cannot understand it fully. The concept of Christianity is quite simple though.
    It is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to have a relationship with God. He even said, "I am the way, the truth, and the light. Nobody comes to the father except through me." (dont remember the Bible address off the top of my head, but Im sure its recorded in each of the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)
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  12. Everyone thinks they are right about the things they believe otherwise they would be stupid to still believe them. I was brought up Pentecostal, but would describe myself as agnostic. I have no idea if there is a "God" or not, but I also believe it doesn't really matter. Pentecostalism never had what I would consider a ring of truth to it. It just sounded so make believe. Demons everywhere. I thought people speaking in tongues sounded silly. Most of my extended family was Southern Baptist. We went to church with them occasionally. The preacher had a very odd cadence to his speech that irked me. It sounded so phony and theatrical. Couldn't believe that one either. We also attended many of the traveling tent revivals where people would get hands laid on them to be healed. Never once did I see a convincing healing. Always migraines or arthritis or lower back pain. Never once did an amputee regrow a limb or a burn victim have the scars go away. Just seems fake, a show to collect cash. I had some friends where were Catholic went to church with them once boring. Also the Eucharist thing is creepy. Drinking blood and eating the flesh of Jesus? Why would God require that? Seems like something from a vampire novel. I had a Muslim roommate (From Turkey) in college, they think a lot of the same stuff as Christians, but have their own wackiness.

    When I was a kid I believed very strongly. In fact I would pray all the time for god to hold off on the rapture cause I wanted to go to our upcoming school field trip or what ever cool event was coming up. Eventually I figured eh the world isn't ending and stop worrying about it.
  13. For a start, Christianity is a relationship with the Father (our Lord) and not a religion.

    The difference about Christianity and other religion is that Jesus died for us, whereas you will not find other gods die for us. Also, other gods did not say they loved us, and we must make own effort and sacrifice instead to serve those gods, eg, we must put on the alter apples and oranges for "chinese gods", milk pot for hindu gods etc etc. If they are real god, why must we serve them. You mean they will go hungry? Sometimes asking ourself such simple questions will enlighten oneself.

    Whereas Jesus said He came to serve us and bless us because ultimately we are all made in His image and for His plesure.

    I can go on and on but like to stop here.

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