People believe many different things. This has never been more evident than when we look at the many different religions we see around the world. But can we ask if there are more than just surface differences between them? Is there more than one way to God or does what you believe have real consequences in life? Come with us as we explore and compare various belief systems against Christianity and see where the truth can really be found.
Contents of Comparing Religions
- Understanding Christian Apologetics
Come Reason is an apologetics ministry, but what exactly does this mean and why do we worry about it? Here, Lenny explains what apologetics is, how to do it, and why every Christian is commanded to be an apologist.
- How Do I know the Bible is REALLY from God?
Many times people will raise an objection to a Christian''s belief in the Bible as being the infallible word of God. How can we know that the Bible really does come from God?
- Who Chose What to Include in the Bible?
Today, we hear a lot about the so-called "lost books" of the Bible. The charge is made that somehow the church hand-selected only those documents that would keep them in power and other equally valid texts were ignored. Is this true? Here, Lenny looks at the real meaning of inspiration and how The Da Vinci Code is wrong in its premise.
- Looking At Islam
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with over one billion adherents. It is also one of the "three great monotheistic faiths." How does Islam compare to Christianity?
- The Problem of Islamic Salvation
One of the major differences we find within religious belief systems is the way they deal with human sin and salvation. Here we examine the Islamic view of sin and how it compares to the Christian perspective.
- Understanding The Trinity
The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the fundamentals of the Christian faith. But, do we believe something that is a contradiction? How can God be one and three at the same time? Does this make sense? Is it logical? Find out the answers here.
- The Trinity and Oneness Theology
In looking at the Trinity, some have made the claim that God is not three persons, but He merely appears to us in three different ways. Is this Biblical? And does the Trinity stand up logically?
- Should John 1:1 read "a god"?
One of the more frequent charges against the deity of Jesus is that John 1:1 is mistranslated. Jehovah's Witnesses frequently say that the verse should read "a god". How can we defend against this charge? Read on for a non-technical answer.
- Answering a Jehovah's Witness: Can Jesus be God if He's Seen?
Exodus 33:20 tells us that no one has seen God at any time, yet Jesus was seen consistently during His 33 years on earth. Does this prove He is not God? Here, Lenny explains the flaw in this objection from a Jehovah''s Witness.
- Is The Bible Completely Error Free?
Christians make the claim that the Bible is inspired by God. What does that mean? Does this mean that it's perfect? How can you support the idea of the Bible being without error?
- What About Those Who Don't Know About Christ?
If all people need to trust in Jesus to be saved, then what are we to think of all those people who are isolated and cannot hear the Gospel? Will God condemn them just because they weren't "lucky" enough to be born in a western culture?
- Is Eyewitness Testimony Reliable Evidence?
Peter Jennings went in search for Jesus last year. Unfortunately, he only looked in the vaults of liberal scholars who dismiss the accounts as fiction. They claim the biblical accounts evolved hundreds of years after Christ's life. However, the Bible claims to be written by people who were eyewitnesses of the events they chronicle. Is this true? And how reliable are eyewitnesses to showing that something is true? Read all about it in this article.
- Is Eyewitness Testimony Reliable? - Part II
In this article, Lenny again examines the validity of eyewitness testimony and answers whether the disciples could have been influenced by after the fact information or other factors that often make eyewitnesses unreliable.
- How Do You Reconcile the Mormon Eyewitnesses?
Mormonism, like Christianity, relies on eyewitness testimony to validate its belief system. Is there a difference in judging the two faiths? Or are Christians being arbitrary in dismissing Mormonism?
- What Makes Christianity More Important?
Christians maintain that they have the true faith. What does this mean? Should we hold Christianity above other faiths? How does Jesus compare with other beliefs' prophets?
- Is God Unfair to Those Raised in Other Faiths?
Every faith claims to have an inside track to heaven. But Christianity claims that there are some exclusive beliefs one must hold to be saved. How can the Christian God be called loving when He condemns people to hell just because they were born into a culture with different beliefs?
- Is The Bible Plagiarized From Other Religions?
Did the writers of the Bible borrow from Buddhism or the "mystery" religions of the East in developing Christian practices? How can Christians capably defend this assertion?
- Did Christianity Steal From Mithraism?
Skeptics claim that the idea of a savior dying for your sins, communion, 12 apostles and other features associated with Christianity actually came from the eastern belief of Mithraism, associated with Zoroastrianism. Is this true?
- How Can I Know I'm Going to Heaven?
Can just praying a prayer get you into heaven? In this article, Lenny answers a young person who is questioning her faith and wondering if God is real, how we can hear from Him, and how we can know where our eternal destiny lies.