This is the 3rd repost of the opening series of posts ( 07/24/2014) describing what Religion means to us.
An internet search of religious prophets yields the following prophets to consider as those who claim, with some conviction, to be true messengers of God. There have been many other so called prophets but these appear to be the most followed prophets in human history.
Christianity – Jesus Christ
Buddhism – Buddha
Hinduism – no prophet – ancient core beliefs
Zoroastrianism – Zoroaster
Mormonism – Joseph Smith
Jehovah Witness – Charles Russell
Baha’i – Sayyid Ali Mohammed (The Bab)
Paganism – Various cult leaders
Comparing these, there are many differences and similarities in what they professed. The main similarity is that they were all human and what we know about them is passed on to us by humans. All of them can have a convincing story. Which of us can say that they have never been led astray by a convincing story? So by an act of faith each of us must choose in which religion to believe.
But the choice comes down to not the similarities of the religions but the differences. And the differences are grand. The biggest difference being that only one prophet shows us that He is God. Only one prophet is documented as performing multitudes of miracles. Only one prophet walks on water. Only one prophet sacrificed Himself and is freely crucified for the forgiveness of our sins. Only one prophet promises salvation to all who believe in Him. Believe what you will about any religion and any prophets. Maybe you will find salvation. But for true salvation there should be no maybe. There will be only one Lord and one God: Jesus Christ. Cutting through all the words of men, Jesus Christ is the only Answer.
Ephesians 1:1 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.