Have you ever wondered how you came to hold the beliefs that you do about God, eternal life, sin, and salvation?
Though I have not done an official survey, it seems to me that the number one determining factor for what “religion” a person belongs to is where they were born.
If I had been born in Iran or Iraq, I most likely would be Muslim. If I had been born in China, I would probably be Buddhist. If I had been born in India, I would likely be Hindu.
I thank God all the time that I was born in the United States and to a Christian family so that I am now a follower of Jesus.
Which religion would I choose?
But I sometimes wonder “What if…?” What if I had been born elsewhere? What if I could choose a religion other than Christianity? (Okay, okay, I know that Christianity is not exactly a “religion,” but for the sake of argument, let’s just call it one.) Which one would I choose?
As part of my job, I get to work with and observe people from all different religions, and I have to say that I understand why people argue that “all religions are the same.” From the outside, they all do look pretty similar. Sure, there are differences, such as which hats the religious leaders wear, what day they light candles on, and in what posture they pray.
Christianity, when properly understood and practiced, is unique in its approach to God, sin, salvation. We are the only “religion” that has a true concept of grace. (Though most Christians, I would argue, do not properly understand or practice grace.)