…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence…
1 Peter 3:15 (NASB)
I have been asked many really challenging questions, that also happen to be very good questions. I think at one time or another, most people have asked themselves, or others, tough questions about faith. We all have to resolve in our own hearts what we believe and why we believe it. Christianity is no different. Throughout my childhood years I was exposed to only the christian faith. That never stopped me from wondering. God made us to wonder, and explore, and to discover. That tendency is meant to draw us closer to Him. As I got older, I learned about other religions and world views. I thought many of them to be fascinating, mythical, but never reality. Many religions are full of really cool traditions and have good teachings, but when it came down to it, they were all missing what was most important.
I am a high school teacher. So I have about 130 inquisitive teens every day pass through my classroom. That means I hear questions similar to the one that this post is based on. I have the honor of sponsoring a Christian club at my High School and at times, I’ve had kids come in to ask us what makes us different. For anyone to cling to a faith or creed, they must believe it with such intensity that everything else in their world becomes subject to it. That draws questions, and sometimes ridicule. Especially in the world we live in today. So many cultures are about ‘open-mindedness’ and being ‘all-inclusive’. For anyone to claim that what they believes is true, makes everything contrary to that belief out to be false. I’ve heard many objectors use this as the foundation of their argument against the Christian faith. What many of them don’t realize is, that all religions are exclusive, and so is truth. In fact, atheists are exclusive too. They believe that no God exists. This means that they believe everyone who believes in God is wrong. Christians get a bad rap, but everyone, besides maybe agnostics (because they don’t know what to believe) are claiming that their reality is the only reality. However, only one can actually be right. People who claim opposing truths cannot simultaneously be correct.
Today, I want to offer a simple response to anyone who wonders how Christians can claim that what they believe is the only truth. Keep in mind, by being a Christian you are denying the reality and truthfulness of any other religion. Just on that basis, you are potentially insulting nearly 5 billion people (69%) around the world. It seems inevitable that you will come across someone wanting to know the answer to this question. If you are one of those 5 billion people, I hope this is helpful for you.
- Fulfilled Prophecy: For a claim to be true, it must be supported by evidence that can not be disputed. All religions have their stories and their proverbs, but only one has hundreds of prophetic statements that have come true. Not only have they come true, but they have come true in one person. There are over 350 specific prophecies that Jesus Christ fulfilled. Keep in mind that these prophecies came hundreds of years before His arrival on planet Earth. The odds against one person fulfilling just eight of those prophecies are astronomical. They equate to one in ten to the 21st power (1021). Here is an illustration that reflects that number. Cover the entire Earth’s land mass with silver dollar coins 120 feet high. Then, mark one of those dollars and randomly bury it. After that, ask a person to travel the Earth and find that marked dollar…while blindfolded. If that’s the probability for 8 prophecies, just imagine what it would be for over 350! Someone who did that has to be who they say they are. And Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me.
- Confirmation: A lot of religions claim that their main figure was miraculous in some way. Buddhist believe that the words of Buddha were divine. Muslims believe that Muhammad was a messenger of Allah. Mormons believe in the divine nature of Joseph Smith and that he completed the gospel. The hang up for all of these religions is that none of them have any form of confirmation that their central figure was who they said they were. None of them proved, in a sense, that they were divine or following a divine calling. Jesus, on the other hand, confirmed His mission and identity with many miracles. Jesus literally raised people from the dead, gave blind people their sight, cleansed people of the nasty disease of leprosy, and even calmed a storm and sea. That’s just a few of His extensive resume. But not only does Jesus confirm Christianity, so does the authenticity of the Bible itself. The places, the people, the events, and so much more have been supported by archaeology and science. It was written by 40 men over a period of 1500 years and all subjects, prophecies, and evidence agree. It was written in three very different languages by people who lived on three different continents. The authors of the Bible lived in very different time periods, very different places, and had different occupations but all focused on the same story line: God’s redemption of mankind. For a book to be so congruent and so accurate with that background is nothing short of miraculous.
- Resurrection: The Bible and history gives us tons of evidence that Jesus was real, that He lived among us, and indeed, lived a miraculous life. Few things set Jesus apart like His resurrection from the dead. No other religion can claim this. And this isn’t some mythical belief among religious zealots. Jesus was seen alive by more than 500 people after He had been crucified and laid in a tomb. With that kind of evidence, it’s an impossible event to disprove. Most cases are resolved on the testimony of two or more witnesses, let alone 500 plus. And these weren’t all His followers either. So the witnesses can’t be designated as biased. Jesus lives, and none of the other religious figures do.
Then he (Jesus) said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.
Luke 24:44 (ESV) [my emphasis]
Of all the religions in the world, only one has been confirmed by prophecy, miracles, and a resurrection from the dead. Only one religion in the world is about God reaching down to His creation out of love. Every other faith centers on humanity’s attempt to reach God, which is impossible. Only one religion defines humanity’s struggle and hurt and brokenness and simultaneously provides the solution. Only one religion in the world is so well documented and factually accurate. If you’d like a more in depth look at this topic, I would suggest reading The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. He was an atheist who set out to disprove Christianity, and instead, found the overwhelming evidence for faith. I would also suggest Jesus Among Other gods by Ravi Zacharias. This man will blow your mind!
Christianity is not blind faith. It’s real, and it’s powerful. And Jesus has been changing lives for thousands of years. Since the beginning of time actually. Just as He has in mine.
Peace brothers and sisters.
12 thoughts on “Tough Questions #3: How can Christians claim that their religion is the only true one when there are so many in the world?”
I really do agree with this post. I love that you went into detail and took the time to explain the evidence of why christianity is the only true religion. You put it very well and I understood it easily. I loved reading it. Thank you for sharing the good news to anyone who will be willing and capable to read this. Even though there are only 4 likes to this, (and I don’t know how many views) God could have used your words to reach four people. So don’t be discouraged and I pray God will use you to help many other people.
God bless you!
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Thank you so much for the encouragement and kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it! I have two other posts on tough questions if you want check them out. Please feel free to add your own flare to them. God bless you.
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These are three great answers we all should memorize!
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Well done, my friend!
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Why thank you
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On #1. Fulfilled prophecy. You have to believe the Bible inerrant to accept these so called prophecies. It would be easy for the scribes (who Jesus despised) to add stories to the books and letters. Convincing evidence would be independant histories of people who witnessed all the miracles. Even the authors of the books of the Bible were compilers and not witnesses.
Thank you for your comment. Jesus doesn’t despise anyone. That’s the beauty of the cross. It’s the symbol of his love for everyone. The cross was for the scribes too. Another cool thing is that the entire New Testament is made up of eye witness recordings made by people who saw all of it happen. That’s pretty awesome evidence. Also, the scribes didn’t add stories, they were the copy machines of their day. They didn’t add stories, they recorded those that had been recorded over and over for hundreds of years.
I Thought the Gospels were written anonymously, decades after? He calls scribes vipers (serpent) as in the evil enticer of Genesis. That sounds like he despises them and distrusts them as well. We have seen old fragments of texts and the scribes did alter and make errors, the evidence is clear in the dead sea scrolls.
The book of Matthew and the book of John were written by two of Jesus disciples. The book of Mark was recorded by Mark based on what the apostle Peter told him. And Peter was an eyewitness just like John and Matthew. The book of Luke was written based on Luke’s interviews with many eyewitness accounts that walked with Jesus. The scribes did make errors just like anyone of us would if we were copying down at text. But the only way we know they made errors is because we see the copies in the text how they were originally. The prophecies that were for filled by Jesus were written hundreds of years before Jesus walked the earth. That’s what makes it so awesome that he fulfilled them. If the scribes wanted to change something, they would have changed it in such a way that made it look like Jesus didn’t fulfill anything. The Bible that we have today has only been validated by all of the oldest texts found. Jesus did call them out for their hypocrisy and their sin just like he does us, but that doesn’t take away his love for the scribes or for us. He died on the cross so that we would have a remedy for our hypocrisy and our sin. Jesus despises sin just like we should, especially our own. But while Jesus despises sin, he loves sinners. That’s why you read about him hanging out with them and loving them and then you see them change because of the grace he showed them. The problem with the scribes and Pharisees is that they thought they had it all together. They were the religious elite who distorted God’s law only to elevate themselves. There are unfortunately people like that in every religion, including Christianity. But Jesus doesn’t tolerate that. That’s why he is our example, not other humans who are imperfect prideful people. We all fall short but never does.
““but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 ESV
i didn’t mean all the miracles above. should have written any of the numerous miracles.
The author of Luke admits in his introduction that he is compiling his book.