2. Section A, Chapter 2 - Uniqueness of Christianity

List several ways that Christianity is unique in comparison with other religions. Include information concerning Christianity's historical basis, cosmogony and claims of uniqueness. How was Jesus Christ unique when compared to other men and other religious leaders?

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  1. The Uniqueness of Christianity & Jesus Christ

    Christianity & Jesus Christ are both unique in many ways. I shall try to explain the uniqueness of both here. Christianity is unique in its biblical claims, its historical basis and its cosmogony (account of origins). Jesus Christ is unique in that His coming was anticipated, His virgin birth, His divine nature, His sinless life, His teachings, His death, and His resurrection.

    Once again, Christianity is unique in its biblical claims, its historical basis and its cosmogony (account of origins). The Bible claims that there is only one true God (Jeremiah 10:10-12), there is only one way to God (John 14:6), only one revelation from God (Isaiah 8:20), and only one hope of salvation (Acts 4:12, Galatians 1:9). The historical basis for Christianity is Jesus and not His teachings. Salvation is in Jesus alone. All other religions are based on the teachings of their teacher or prophet and not on salvation through the prophet or teacher. Christianity's cosmogony (theory of creation) believes that God is the first cause of all existence. All other religions begin with something already in existence, such as space, matter or time.

    As noted before, Jesus Christ is unique in that His coming was anticipated, His virgin birth, His divine nature, His sinless life, His teachings, His death, and His resurrection. Old Testament prophecies foretold the following: His messianic lineage, birth place, time period of birth, His actions, His purpose, and the details of His death and resurrection. Also, this is the first time and only time a virgin birth was thought of or seen. Jesus also had a divine nature in that He was the creator (John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16), claimed to be God (Mark 14:61-64), said He was one with His father (John 10:30-33), spoke with divine authority (Matthew 5:20, 22), asked for and accepted worship (Matthew 8:2, 14:33, John 20:27-29), and He claimed to be the Son of God (John 19:7). Furthermore, Jesus had a sinless life. He did not sin in thought, word, or deed. Please reference the following verses for more on this: I Peter 2:22, I John 3:5, Matthew 27:4, John 18:38, II Corinthians 5:21, and John 8:29. Most importantly, Jesus taught that He was the one and only unique Son of God. In John 10:18 it states that Jesus died of His own free will. The final and greatest proof of all, of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ was His resurrection.

    Christianity has stood the test of time because of its evidence and eyewitness accounts. It is unique when compared to other religious and philosophical accounts.

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